November 2015

Kicking off Fiscal Year 2016: A message from Thomas Balcezak, MD, Chief Medical Officer

Fiscal Year 2016 officially began on October 1, 2015, and at Yale-New Haven Hospital's annual "kick-off" meeting where physician and staff leadership spent the day reviewing plans for the coming year. I would like to share the key goals discussed, and invite your feedback on our key priorities and challenges for the year ahead.

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October 2015

Assessing and enhancing physician engagement at YNHH

This spring 1,704 of you completed our 2015 Physician Engagement Survey. Total respondents represented 44.5 percent of our providers including community, YMG and NEMG medical staff physicians, advanced practice providers and YNHH residents/fellows. I extend many thanks to all of you who took the time to provide your input. 

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September 2015

Public Performance messaging a challenge

In July, U.S. News & World Report issued their annual evaluation of hospitals. I am proud to say that we were ranked in the honor roll for eight specialties including cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, pulmonology, gastroenterology and GI surgery, geriatrics, gynecology, ENT and psychiatry.

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August 2015

Safety survey results point to HRO programming, opportunities for improvement
Over the past few months, we received and analyzed three key data sets from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Safety Attitude Survey that provide insight into what our medical staff thinks about our safety culture and engagement of our staff and physicians. For the first time, the survey demonstrated improvement in the areas of openness and communication and non-punitive response to errors. 

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July 2015

Favorable performance on measures and staff surveys, framing FY 2016 plan

As we move through the third quarter of this fiscal year, I am extremely pleased with our improving performance on key quality metrics. 

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June 2015

Moving from volume- to value-based payments

Most healthcare experts agree that the move from volume- to value-based payments is inevitable, but the path and pace of that change is still up for discussion. The topic became a bit clearer last month with the passage of H.R. 2 - the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, also known as the "doc fix" bill.

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