Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

2-25-10: Transparency as Strategy to Improve Quality

Transparency as Strategy to Improve the Quality of Hospital Care

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, February 25, 2010

8:00 am
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/Einstein

12:15 pm
Cherkasky Auditorium, Moses/Montefiore


Peter Lindenauer, MD, MSc
Director, Center for Quality of Care Research, Baystate Medical Center;
Medical Director, Clinical Decision Support and Quality Informatics, Baystate Health
Associate Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Peter Lindenauer's research focuses on measuring the quality and outcomes of hospital care for patients with common medical conditions, and the design and evaluation of interventions to improve care delivery. His work has appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the Annals of Internal Medicine, and Health Affairs, and in 2008 he received the Excellence in Research award from the Society of Hospital Medicine.

Dr. Lindenauer has played an active role in numerous national quality and safety efforts. He has served as a member of technical expert panels for the National Quality Forum, the National Surgical Care Improvement Project, and CMS’s Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System. He is an advisor to AHRQ’s Web M&M (the online journal of patient safety), and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hospital Medicine and of the Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety.

Before moving to Baystate, Dr. Lindenauer began his career as a hospitalist at the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Lindenauer is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed an internship, residency, and chief residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He received a Master of Science degree in Health Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

As an undergraduate, Dr. Lindenauer spent 2 summers as a research assistant at Montefiore, first conducting health risk assessment surveys at patients' homes in Yonkers for Hal Strelnick, and then two years later enrolling patients in a study of poisoning at North Central Bronx Hospital headed by John Rosen.

This grand rounds is hosted by the Division of General Internal Medicine.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the rationale for public reporting of hospital quality
  2. Review the evidence concerning public reporting’s effects on 
    1. patient and referring physician selection of hospital 
    2. quality improvement efforts
    3. patient outcomes
  3. Describe the controversies and challenges associated with current public reporting initiatives


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.


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