Dramatic improvements are needed in healthcare cost containment, quality improvement and efficiency, said Institute for Healthcare Improvement President and CEO Maureen Bisognano, during the group's annual National Forum in Orlando, Fla.
Citing Commonwealth Fund data that ranked the U.S. in last place in preventable mortality among 19 industrialized nations, Bisognano argued that performance improvement can be achieved by looking to high achievers.
“If we could spread the best practices from the top-performing quintile of states across the country, we could move from 19th to 5th place,” she said. “The answers are there.”
The conference has drawn more than 5,600 attendees from 47 countries, according to the Cambridge, Mass.-based not-for-profit.