The 15th Annual Mayo Clinic Quality Academy Conference, “Creating and Paying for Value in Health Care,” will be held May 3-4, 2011, at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minn. This conference, open to all health care providers, will provide participants with the latest information and best practices from local and national leaders in health care quality improvement initiatives. These best practices can be implemented in any clinical practice setting, and will ultimately lead to greater efficiencies and improved care for patients.
Keynote presenters are Maureen Bisognano, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Charles Denham, M.D., Chairman of the Texas Medical Institute of Technology, and Patricia Simmons, M.D., medical director for Government Relations at Mayo Clinic.
At a recent international forum in Amsterdam, Bisognano touted Mayo Clinic’s quality efforts. She highlighted several examples of Mayo Clinic’s high-quality, patient-centered care, including Victor Montori, M.D., and his efforts to improve shared decision making between patient and clinician. She also recognized Henry Ting, M.D., for his team’s success in reducing “door-to-balloon” time for heart attack patients.
Dr. Denham’s 20 year career has resulted in numerous product and process innovations. He has been ranked 31 in the “50 Most Powerful Physician Executives” by Modern Healthcareand is a collaborator with the World Health Organization.
Dr. Simmons will share perspectives on efforts to study and promote value concepts at the national level.
Stephen Swensen, M.D., conference co-chair and director of Quality for Mayo Clinic, says finding ways to improve quality is critical for all providers. “The conference is an excellent opportunity to learn from each other,” says Dr. Swensen.
Conference co-chair, Douglas Wood, M.D., who is the Mayo Clinic Quality Academy medical director, says the conference offers both exemplary keynote speakers and practical ideas to take back to clinical practices. “There will be more than 50 presentations and posters on ways to improve clinical outcomes, cost management, patient safety and service,” he says.
Register today for the 15th Annual Mayo Clinic Quality Academy Conference; space is still available. You can also join the conference’s Facebook group and follow tweets about the conference on Twitter by searching #mayoquality.
Thank you to Ronda Willsher and Diane Joyce for their contributions to this story.