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Patient Safety Checklists Cut Costs at Physician Practices
Health Leaders Media

Physician groups looking to make their practices more efficient and increase their bottom lines should develop patient safety lists that address emergent events and routine activities. That’s the advice of Elizabeth Wertz Evans, RN, the executive director of professional practice for the Oncology Nursing Society in Pittsburgh. Speaking in Las Vegas during a session at the annual conference of the Medical Group Management Association, Wertz admonished the audience members who didn’t think that they had time for checklists to consider that The Johns Hopkins Hospital has saved $2 million with a five-item checklist that reminds hospital personnel to first wash their hands.

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