Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals [Book Review]

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How One Doctor’s Checklist Can Help Us Change Health Care from the Inside Out

[By Staff Reporters]

Improving health care is a priority for all Americans, but it’s a daunting subject.

New Book

In this new book, Dr. Peter Pronovost makes reform relatable, easy to understand, and inspiring. With opinions and anecdotal evidence from patients, health care professionals, and Dr. Pronovost’s own experience, as well as comprehensive research on medical procedures and policies, Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals shows how simple steps can fix our hospitals and improve patient care.

About the Authors

Peter Pronovost PhD, MD is a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and serves as medical director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care.

Eric Vohr was formerly the assistant director of media relations at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and he teaches technical writing at Johns Hopkins.



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2 Responses

  1. Physicians Advisory Council Dismantled

    Safe Patients, Smart Hospitals … Really?

    A provision in the healthcare reform law dismantled the Practicing Physicians Advisory Council, a long-standing committee that advised HHS and CMS officials on Medicare regulations.

    The panel met quarterly and was made up of 15 physicians. CMS notes that physicians still have a number of resources to get information and submit feedback on Medicare policy, including public comments in the Federal Register, open-door forums held every six weeks, town hall meetings, and other sources.

    Source: Report on Medicare Compliance [5/31/10]


  2. CMS Expands Provider Directory, Launches First Phase of Physician Compare Website

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) enhanced the Physician Directory tool at with new information about physicians and other healthcare workers in their communities and the services those professionals provide. The new feature, called Physician Compare, expands and updates CMS’ Healthcare Provider Directory, which has helped millions of beneficiaries find Medicare-participating doctors online for over a decade. The new tool expands the doctor-specific information into the suite of informational tools for Medicare beneficiaries and other consumers.

    The new site, at, which was required by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, contains information about physicians enrolled in the Medicare program, which include Doctors of medicine, osteopathy, optometry, podiatric medicine, and chiropractic. The site also contains information about other types of health professionals who routinely care for Medicare beneficiaries, including nurse practitioners, clinical psychologists, registered dietitians, physical therapists, physician assistants, and occupational therapists.

    Source: CMS News [12/30/10]


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