Truven Health 2016 Puerto Rico Summit
On September 1, Truven Health hosted its third Puerto Rico Summit in San Juan. The lively discussion and speakers included representatives from:
- Puerto Rico Department of Health
- The Joint Commission (TJC) Resources
- Puerto Rico Hospital Association
- Hospital Español Auxilio Mutuo
During this one-day conference, we discussed in detail the ongoing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) shift from volume to value payments, including recent proposed changes that will update Medicare payment policies under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System. We heard from industry specialists about trends in hospital quality improvement, and how the latest CMS proposal affects the alignment of Core Measures requirements with electronic clinical quality measures reporting, with particular focus on:
- How to navigate, in Puerto Rico, the challenges presented by the shift to electronic measures reporting
- Requirements, measures, and expectations of both CMS and TJC
- How to improve clinical quality performance in line with the shift from volume to value
Guests had the chance to network, and during educational breakouts, ask questions of subject matter specialists, including the event sponsors, Rubali Professionals Inc. and SabiaMed Corporation.
Visit truvenhealth.com/PRsummit2016 to review speaker bios and presentation slides, ask questions of the speakers, provide your views and feedback, view photos, and find more useful information.
II National Symposium of Hospital Pharmacies
“Research in Hospital Pharmacies: A Tool for Action”
Cholula Puebla, Mexico | 1-2 July 2016
This symposium featured a multidisciplinary forum among doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and all those involved in patient care, with discussions and presentations on advances in hospital pharmacoepidemiology, medication error prevention, hospital certification, the economics of health, and pharmacovigilance.
Experiences from different hospitals were shared, and areas for research opportunity, process optimization, and innovation in hospital pharmaceutical materials were particularly noted. The guiding concept was that hospital pharmacy services should not operate like a stockroom or drugstore, but like an ensemble of clinical services operated by professionals who are experts in medication — promoting the importance of the rational use of medication and patient safety.
Micromedex Solutions had an information stand at the event and participated in the Hospital Certification MMU workshop with the following presentation: “Errors in Medication and Prevention Using Micromedex Solutions as a Clinical Decision-Making Tool.”