At the Quality Institute, we’re changing the culture around end-of-life care. In libraries and senior centers, town halls and houses of worship, parks and colleges, we’re bringing people together for education — and for thoughtful conversations that provide clarity to loved ones. We started Conversation of Your Life (COYL) in 2014 with three mayors and today […]

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Recently I was invited to share testimony in Trenton on a package of bills to improve outcomes for new mothers and their babies. I provided testimony to both the Assembly and the Senate Health, Human Services, and Senior Citizens Committees. As the state explores ways to reduce maternal deaths, one overarching change seems absolutely necessary: […]

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I urge anyone committed to improving health care quality to read this case study from Texas Children’s Hospital’s Pavilion for Women, which outlines how the organization reduced the use of episiotomies by more than 60 percent in five years. Today, these surgical incisions — which increase complications and maternal deaths — are used in just 3.4 […]

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You’ll likely see widespread press coverage today on how New Jersey hospitals performed in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. We did very well — with the highest percentage of A hospitals. But equally important, in my perspective, is that New Jersey had the highest rate of participation in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey among regions with more than […]

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Surgeries today are increasingly performed in hospital outpatient centers and ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), yet there is practically no independent, consumer-friendly data about the safety and quality of care in these settings. The lack of accessible data comes as many purchasers guide patients to lower-priced settings, and often design benefits to steer appropriate patients to […]

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