Dec 1 2010

IV Cam: Patient Safety

University of Michigan hospitals win award for being among the nation’s safest


Dec 1 2010

Go Lean: Not just a bill…

Payment Posting Lean Implementation Team improves Professional Fee Billing at UMHS

The appointment is over. Or the patient has left the hospital. Now, the billing process begins, as the Health System aims to get paid for the service we have provided.

“It’s very important that we as a Health System are able to collect all the money for the work our faculty does,” says Senior Director of Revenue Cycle Benjie Johnson. “One big factor is how quickly we post the payments we receive from third-party payers.”

Benjie Johnson and Operations Manager Pamela Britz realized that their payment posting results and unit morale could be better.When Johnson and Operations Manager Pamela Britz realized that their payment posting results and unit morale could be better, they volunteered with Britz’s Payment Posting group to pilot the Michigan Quality System’s “lean in daily work” model. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 1 2010

Paving the way for new discoveries

Major improvements in research infrastructure move Health System forward

The Medical School’s researchers earned more than $366 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) research funding in federal fiscal year 2009, which puts the School at 8th overall in NIH grants and 3rd among medical schools affiliated with public universities.

A growing and successful research enterprise is a critical component of being a leading health system.  That’s why the groups that provide support services to researchers have focused so hard in recent months on improving almost every aspect of what they do.

“‘We focus on you, so you can focus on great science’ – that’s our message to researchers and we have an incredible team delivering services every day,”says Teri Grieb, Ph.D., Senior Director, Medical School Office of Research. “We’ve made great strides in expanding the services and improving the effectiveness of our research infrastructure to support all forms of research.” Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 1 2010

Seeing Crohn’s clearly

U-M research may help bowel disease sufferers avoid unnecessary surgery

The problem

Peter Higgins, M.D., Ph.D.

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease so debilitating at times that patients may choose to drop out of college, hesitate to take risks, or decide to not have children simply because they don’t know when they’re going to get sick again.

The condition is often diagnosed in young people between the ages of 15 and 25 and brings pain, vomiting, nausea and other unpleasant symptoms caused by uncontrolled inflammation of the intestine.

Peter Higgins, M.D., Ph.D.Current therapy is effective at treating the inflammation, but over time damage to the intestine causes scarring, narrowing or even blockages. Patients may come back to the hospital multiple times in a given year and, until now, clinicians were unable to determine whether symptoms were caused by inflammation or by a blockage that requires surgery. Typically, a physician might prescribe steroids in hope that the problem is inflammatory; the same patient may be back in six months only to have surgery after all. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 1 2010

Push me, pull you: Reducing injuries in the ORs

Focused effort helps prevent harm to Perioperative Technicians

When nurse managers in the operating rooms at University Hospital, Mott Children’s Hospital and the Cardiovascular Center discovered that perioperative technicians (PTs) were suffering on-the-job injuries more often, they called upon UMHHC Safety Management Services for help.

“Repetitive lifting and moving of patients, heavy equipment and instrumentation is responsible for numerous muscle strains and back injuries among health care providers,” says Heather Mlynczyk, allied health associate supervisor, University Hospital Operating Rooms. “The nature of the perioperative technicians’ role places them at risk for repeated – and potentially disabling – injury.”

Perioperative technicians are responsible for moving gurneys (with and without patients on them) and equipment to and from operating rooms as well as performing numerous other tasks to prepare operating rooms for surgery. The Health System employs approximately 55 PTs. Read the rest of this entry »