CS&E News - Fall 2009

Kaplan Lecture to Kick Off Celebrating Improvement

Gary Kaplan, M.D., chairman and CEO of Virginia Mason Hospital will be the featured speaker for the September 30 Celebrating Improvements at MD Anderson program and poster reception honoring improvement programs at MD Anderson. 

Virginia Mason in Seattle is the leader in the United States at applying Toyota’s Lean and Six Sigma concepts in healthcare. Kaplan is also working with Michael Porter, Ph.D. at Harvard in the application of the value proposition in health care.

Celebrating Improvements at MD Anderson, sponsored by the Office of Performance Improvement, is open to Clinical Safety and Effectiveness alumni from all University of Texas System health institutions.

Celebrating Improvements showcases the breadth of quality improvement at MD Anderson to kick off October’s Quality Month.  Kaplan’s talk and quality presentation begins at 1 p.m. in Hickey Auditorium, followed by a poster reception from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Rooms 1-8 of the Anderson Conference Center, R11.1100.

Clancy, Chassin Plenary Speakers at UT System Conference

Dr. Carolyn Clancy of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Dr. Mark R. Chassin of The Joint Commission will be the plenary speakers for the first University of Texas System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Conference in Austin, Oct. 15-16.

The conference, with the theme Building the Bridge at the Quality Chasm, will be held at Austin’s Renaissance Hotel.

Clancy, M.D., president of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, will speak on the Role of AHRQ and UT System Healthcare Organizations in the morning plenary session. 

 Joint Commission President Chassin, M.D., M.P.P., M.P.H., will speak on patient safety in the second plenary of the conference. 

Also on the agenda are sessions on UT System Collaboratives .  MD Anderson’s John Bingham, M.H.A., and Gregory Botz, M.D., will lead a session on Collaboratives – Purpose and Structure.  Facilitated concurrent meetings will then follow on Critical Care Medicine facilitated by Dr. Botz, Infectious Disease led by Jan E. Patterson, M. D., of UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Joint Commission Patient Safety Goals led by Jennifer Baer, R.N., M.S., of UT Medical Branch Galveston and CS&E Post Graduate Course Options led by Sherry Martin, M.Ed., Health Care Quality Management Consultant.

Other presentations on the first-day agenda include presentations by CS&E alumni on projects submitted for the conference.

MD Anderson’s Garrett Walsh, M.D, will be the speaker at the Recognition Dinner that concludes the first day of the conference.  Project awards and induction of the first UT System Fellows are also part of the evening festivities.

Brent C. James, M.D., M.Stat., will open the second day of the conference.  James, president of Intermountain Health Care’s Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, will speak on The ATP of the Future. The Advanced Training Program is the model program that led to the founding of CS&E.

Following facilitated poster presentations, Kenneth Shine, M.D., executive vice chancellor for health affairs, will lead a discussion with UT System Presidents on Advancing the Agenda.

Closing the conference will be a panel on Medical Error Disclosure moderated by Eric J. Thomas, M.D., M.P.H., of The University of Texas Health Science Center Houston.  Other panelists will include Thomas H. Gallagher, M.D., of the University of Washington, Steven Leach, M.D., of UT Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas and William M. Sage, J.D., M.D., of The University of Texas Law School.

Eddy Lecture on Evidence-Based Guidelines Set Nov. 17

Physician-mathematician David Eddy returns to MD Anderson Nov. 17 for an all day learning experience about use of evidence-based guidelines for alumni of the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness program.

Eddy, M.D., first used the term “evidence-based medicine” in 1990.  He is an internationally recognized authority on such topics as practice guidelines, outcomes research, technology assessment, mathematical modeling, performance measurement, rationing and priority setting.

CS&E Alumni should save the date for Eddy’s lecture set for 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  For more information contact Cathy LaComb at calacomb@mdanderson.org.