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This section features items which have recently appeared in the Observatoire international de la santé et des services sociaux (OISSS) monitoring bulletin.

USA - Health Care Quality Continues to Improve, But Disparities Persist 

08/31/2017

According to a new report, the quality of American health care has improved steadily since 2000, with notable gains occurring in patient safety. However, disparities in care have not improved. Hospital visits for mental health care, for example, have increased among the poor — from 1,400 per 100,000 in 2007 to 2,000 per 100,000 in 2014....
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UK - NHS hospitals to be assessed on how they use their resources from the autumn 

08/31/2017

Starting in fall 2017, the National Health Service (NHS) will begin reviewing how effectively NHS hospitals are using their resources to provide high quality, efficient and sustainable care. As well as hospital finances, the new measure will look at workforce and facilities. Reports with recommendations for improvement will be produced if required....
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New Zealand - New mental health care initiatives 

08/31/2017

New Zealand has announced new mental health initiatives that take a social investment approach to preventing and responding to mental disorders. Looking at lifestyle factors that affect mental wellbeing, the initiatives cover distance and electronic therapy, support in schools and support for people experiencing acute mental health needs. Five government agencies are involved....
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Canada - New Wait Times Data Now Available for Surgeries and Procedures Across Ontario 

08/31/2017

Ontario has launched an online tool to help people find wait times information for surgeries and procedures at the province’s hospitals. Available at www.ontario.ca/health, the easy-to-use tool includes the length of time between referrals and specialist appointments, as well as providing the date a procedure is due to be performed....
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Canada - Canadians seeking more federal innovation to improve health care system 

08/31/2017

A survey on health innovation conducted for the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) shows that provincial governments are viewed as more effective drivers of innovation than the federal government. While 68% of Canadians feel the provinces are doing the most to support innovative health care, a majority of respondents also wanted more federal action....
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International – Development of predictive models in international health systems 

08/17/2017

Predictive models of health usage events, such as unplanned hospitalizations or entry into a care home, have been under development for a decade. A risk score is calculated for each individual, according to the probability that the event will occur. This article describes the different uses of this information for resource allocation, improvement of care pathways, remuneration and evaluations....
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USA - The Impact of Primary Care Practice Transformation on Cost, Quality, and Utilization 

08/17/2017

This evidence report from the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) highlights findings from 45 newly released peer-reviewed reports and additional government and state evaluations. It finds the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) and other forms of advanced primary care show improved outcomes in many studies....
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International - Mirror, Mirror 2017: International Comparison Reflects Flaws and Opportunities for Better U.S. Health Care 

08/17/2017

This Commonwealth Fund report compares health care system performance in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Seventy-two indicators were selected in five domains: Care Process, Access, Administrative Efficiency, Equity, and Health Care Outcomes. The U.S. ranked last on performance overall, and ranked last or near last on the Access, Administrative Efficiency, Equity, and Health Care Outcomes domains. The top-ranked countries overall were the U.K., Australia, and the Netherlands....
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UK - Learning from Scotland’s NHS 

08/17/2017

This is the first in a series of reports from the Nuffield Trust that looks at each of the four health services of the UK and asks what lessons they hold for one another. Notable findings include that in improving quality Scotland focuses on engaging the altruistic professional motivations of frontline staff to build their skills to improve, and that a more personalized, less formal approach is used than in England. There is a long history and some good lessons for integrating various parts of the system....
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Sweden - Management Practices and the Quality of Primary Care 

08/17/2017

This study explores the use of management practices in primary care units, based on the World Management Survey method. It relates the scope and quality of management to different types of primary care providers and to the quality of care. Overall, the results suggest a high level of management quality in Swedish primary care....
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