This improvement would lower the likelihood of incurring penalties as mentioned by McHugh, Berez, and Small. In turn, patients would be receiving the care that they needed from appropriatestaffing levels which would mean less readmissions and penalties attributed to those readmissions. Section Summary This paper has shown multiple courses of action and plans that could be taken to improvethe quality of care in United States Health Care Delivery System. This section has focused on thepossibilities that the non-privatized portion of the United States Health Care Delivery System could implement. More specifically, this section has focused on the current The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, and the way the features within the law could promote quality improvements to the United States Care Delivery System. Quality improvementssuch as: patient safety, patient satisfaction, staff safety, staff burnout, institutional financial costs, and national financial costs. All these aforementioned areas have been linked to one another by a common ailment of under staff departments in hospitals/ health care institutions. The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, and its establishing of nursing/staff committees to set appropriate staffing levels, would proverbially kill multiple birds with one 21
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN HEALTHCAREstone as the issues mentioned above have been affected by environments of under staffed departments. Themes Also Found in The Essentials of the U.S. Health Care SystemThe Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, has covered a narrowly tailored section of the United States Health Care Delivery System. However, themes found in The Safe Staffing for Nurse and Patient Safety Act of 2018, S. 2446, though being spoken about from a narrow view point, in S. 2446, do reoccur in other sections of the United States Health Care Delivery System. Portions of the United States Health Care Delivery System covered by Shi and Singh in their work The Essentials of the U. S. Health Care System. Themes in common like:nurse-to-patient ratio, economic problems with Medicare, burnout, and risk management (Shi & Singh, 2017, 96; 160; 263; 312). Though these themes in common between the sources may not be addressed in exactly the same way as one another, the sources do demonstrate that these themes have manifested themselves in different iterations throughout the United States Delivery System. Quality Improvement InitiativesIn order to ensure the quality of health care services are delivered at levels that meet established health protocols, the health care industry must constantly review the quality of care the institution delivers. Ongoing review of quality measures has been one way to meet the goal of increased patient safety and improved outcomes (White & Wells, 2018). Empowering the workforce to participate with quality improvement has been vital to the success of these measures. Making sure quality measure have been easily understood, and function smoothly, has 22
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