Yale researcher to co-lead initiative to improve quality of emergency medicine
Dr. Arjun K. Venkatesh of the Yale School of Medicine will co-lead an initiative to support clinicians across the country to expand their quality improvement capacity, learn from one another, and achieve common goals of improved care, better health, and reduced cost. Venkatesh will co-lead this initiative with Dr. Jeremiah D. Schuur of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI). The TCPI is one of the largest federal investments designed to support doctors and other clinicians in all 50 states through collaborative and peer-based learning networks.
Venkatesh will work under an award with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). As one of 39 health care collaborative networks, ACEP will receive up to $3 million over four years to provide technical assistance to help equip clinicians nationwide with tools, information, and network support to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend healthcare dollars wisely. These awards are part of a comprehensive strategy advanced by the Affordable Care Act that enable new levels of coordination, continuity, and integration of care, while transitioning volume-driven systems to value-based, patient-centered, healthcare services.
At Yale, Venkatesh is an instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and director of Emergency Department Quality and Safety Research and Strategy. He is also a scientist in Yale’s Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. His research focuses on the development of quality measures focused on emergency department hospital admission rates, the use of observation services and healthcare costs.
ACEP is the national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. It has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit the society’s website.