Their names only differ by a few letters, and they work in the same sector and have the same quality goals. So it never comes as a surprise to Marc Chasin, executive medical director of quality and informatics at Good Samaritan Hospital, when people confuse him with that other guyMark Chassin, president of the Joint Commission.
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In fact, when Modern Healthcare profiled Chassins new role at the commission in a cover story, it sparked a flurry of excitement at the Suffern, N.Y., hospital. I probably got around 25 e-mails asking if I took another job, Chasin says.
The 36-year-old physician met 62-year-old Chassin (also a physician) during a presentation, but the differences between the two men dont stop the confusion.
I get mistaken a lot, Chasin says.
Chasins position at Good Samaritan includes overseeing Joint Commission compliance. He monitors the National Patient Safety Goals and ensures the hospitals environment of care stays in readiness for commission surveys. As the accrediting body moves toward helping hospitals take a systems approach to improvement and problem-solving, Chasinwho has spent more than two years in his current positionsays its the right thing to do. Hospitals want more knowledge about how to apply team-based best practices, he says. Thats what were working toward.
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