Job security, falls reduction high on listThe challenges facing healthcare risk managers in the new year are as diverse as the tasks the perform, according to a survey by the ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit that researches the best approaches to improved patient care.
The Institute today revealed the results of its latest survey of the Healthcare Risk Control System’s members.
The themes that emerge from this year’s list involve:
- Response to federal initiatives (e.g., electronic health record [EHR] implementation, federal "clawback" initiatives, and nonpayment for hospital-acquired conditions)
- Job security (e.g., integration of risk management, quality, and safety; demonstration of risk management value; and decline in risk management resources)
- Ongoing, day-to-day risk management topics (e.g., provider communication, disruptive practitioner behavior, event management, and falls reduction)
“Day to day, one of these issues floats to the top. These are all the risk issues we deal with in risk management,” says Ellen Hampton, director of risk and safety management at Salem Health in Salem, Oregon. Hampton adds that she finds some support when reading the list. “It’s validating to see that others are dealing with the same concerns that I have.”
“Additionally, if any items are not among a risk manager’s concerns, the list provides an opportunity to reassess priorities,” says Sue Boisvert, senior risk manager at Medical Mutual Insurance Company of Maine in Portland, Maine. “The list helps identify whether something should be on my radar screen.”
For a limited time, the survey results can be downloaded at: www.ecri.org.