UHC and American College of Medical Quality Offer Special Supplement From UHC Annual Conference

Supplement Includes Abstracts From Other Top Organizations, UHC Presentations on Quality, Safety, Cost Reduction, and Efficiency

Apr 23, 2013, 15:43 ET from UHC

CHICAGO, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- UHC, in collaboration with the American College of Medical Quality, has developed a 28-page supplement from the UHC Annual Conference 2012, "Re:imagine."

The "Re:imagine" summary is available as a supplement to the March/April 2013 issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality and online at uhc.edu. It highlights the key presentations at UHC's second annual conference, which brought together more than 1,600 top health care professionals to learn more about improvement solutions for the health care industry. The conference addressed reducing hospital length of stay, improving mortality, reducing costs, using staff in new and adaptive roles, boosting patient satisfaction, and improving performance in other areas that affect quality and reimbursement.

"This supplement is a great synopsis of presentations delivered by some of the most influential professionals in health care," said Irene M. Thompson, UHC president and chief executive officer. "This tremendous resource can help today's health care providers learn more about the initiatives that drive improved quality and performance."

Among the presentations outlined in the supplement are:

  • UHC's Jacob J. Groenewold, senior vice president, Supply Chain; Richard P. Lofgren, senior vice president and chief clinical officer; and Steve J. Meurer, senior vice president, Comparative Data and Informatics, collaborated to present "Using Teams and Data to Improve Efficiency."
  • Researcher and author Steven Johnson shared concepts and strategies for developing a culture of innovation and stimulating breakthrough progress.
  • Former fighter pilots Max Rogers, MD, and Charles Campbell applied lessons from the cockpit to demonstrate how flawless execution can be achieved through communication and teamwork.
  • Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi and former chair of the Republican National Committee, and Donna Brazile, vice chair of voter registration and participation for the Democratic National Committee, author, and television commentator debated health care reform.
  • Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting presented insights into the creative process and ways to fully explore different ideas.

In addition to summaries of those presentations, the supplement includes abstracts for many of the 70 "rapid-fire" sessions offered by presenters from health care facilities and organizations around the country, such as:

  • Atlantic Health
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Cedars-Sinai Health System
  • CFAR, Inc.
  • Cleveland Clinic Office of Patient Experience
  • Denver Health
  • Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Harborview Medical Center
  • The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center—North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • UCSF Medical Center
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • The University of Connecticut Health Center, John Dempsey Hospital
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • University of North Carolina Hospitals
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System
  • University of Virginia Health System
  • University of Washington Medical Center

About UHC

UHC is an alliance of the nation's leading nonprofit academic medical centers, which are focused on delivering world-class patient care. Based in Chicago, Ill, UHC fosters collaboration with and among its 119 academic medical center and 293 affiliated hospital members through its renowned programs and services in the areas of comparative data and analytics, performance improvement, supply chain management, strategic research, and public policy. UHC helps its members achieve excellence in quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness. Formed in 1984, UHC's membership includes the leading nonprofit academic medical centers in the United States. For more information, visit uhc.edu.