Prominent hospital chief executives have called on their peers to endorse broad priorities for healthcare efficiency and effectiveness, invoking the framework of checklists promoted to catch clinical errors and improve quality of care.
“We are asking, we are pleading, we are challenging, calling out our fellow CEOs and senior leaders, saying these are things we should be doing in every organization,” said Dr. Gary Kaplan, chairman and CEO of the Virginia Mason Health System and one of 11 executives who drafted the priorities as a checklist for high-value healthcare.
The authors touted the checklist, released last week as a discussion paper by the Institute of Medicine, as critical despite an approach that is looser than more detailed step-by-step checklists used by providers in clinical settings.
“In some ways, they represent more a credo of commitment than a simple checklist, but each checklist item is every bit as vital as the items on the checklists routinely used by pilots taking complicated aircraft into quickly changing conditions,” the discussion paper said.
The checklist includes evidence protocols, targeted services for resource-intensive patients, internal transparency, and board and executive support for effective and efficient medical care as among items critical to improving value.