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Orgs Unite to Form Hospital Collaborative

September 9, 2009
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Six national organizations are joining to form the Hospital Care Collaborative (HCC), an initiative designed to address the most pressing needs in patient care.

The HCC is composed of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, American Association of Respiratory Care, American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Case Manager Society of America, Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, and Society of Hospital Medicine.

The group is publishing its Common Principles for Team-Based Healthcare, a set of 13 guiding principles for delivering care in the hospital setting. According to HCC, the principles emphasize the need for collaboration, patient-centered care, accountability and information sharing.

Goals for the new organization include the following:

  • Identify and promote best practices in multidisciplinary teamwork;
  • Promote continued and expanded collaboration among the HCC organizations to develop and implement strategies for teamwork among health professionals;
  • Develop methods and tools for teams in hospitals to perform a Self Assessment of Compliance with the Common Principles;
  • Develop and promote education programs, specifically for interdisciplinary teams;
  • Promote the Collective Accountability by Measurement of Performance at the Team Level.


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