News & Updates

Dr. Angela Jackson Receives 2018 Jerome Klein Award

January 17th, 2019

Angela Jackson, MD, associate dean of student affairs, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Jerome Klein Award for Physician Excellence. Dr. Jackson, an associate professor of medicine, also serves as a general internal medicine physician at Boston Medical Center (BMC). Dr. Jackson is recognized for the Jerome Klein award... More

DOM Faculty Named 2019 Top Docs

January 10th, 2019

Congratulations to the 57 Department of Medicine faculty members who were named to Boston Magazine's annual Top Doc's list! Allergy & Immunology  Helen M. Hollingsworth Cardiac Electrophysiology Robert H. Helm Kevin M. Monahan Cardiovascular Disease Eric H. Awtry Gary J. Balady Sheilah A. Bernard Robert T. Eberhardt Alice K. Jacobs Clinical Genetics Jodi D. Hoffman Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Sonia Ananthakrishnan Alan P. Farwell Michael F. Holick Stephanie... More

Dr. Tuhina Neogi is new Chief of Rheumatology

January 7th, 2019

We are delighted to announce that Tuhina Neogi, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Medicine, has accepted our offer to become Chief of the Rheumatology Section effective January 1, 2019. Dr. Neogi received her M.D. from the University of Toronto and Ph.D. from the Boston University School of Public Health. She... More

Reducing Readmissions for Patients with Heart Failure and COPD

December 19th, 2018

While BMC’s all cause 30-day readmission rate was 10.96% in FY17, certain populations had much higher readmission rates particularly heart failure (HF) (23.73% FY17) and COPD (24.81% FY17). With almost 1 in 5 HF and COPD patients readmitted, reducing readmissions for these patients has become an important hospital and quality priority. Multidisciplinary... More

Resident QI Corner – Winter ’19

December 19th, 2018

Managing discharge from Inpatient Heme/Onc Service The inpatient Hematology/Oncology team at BMC is a busy service full of patients with complex medical problems and diverse pathologies requiring intricate care plans. Thus, discharges from the Heme/Onc inpatient service are complicated and are often derailed by unforeseen variables. We sought to increase the safety and timeliness of discharges by implementing... More

Reducing Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI)

December 19th, 2018

The CAUTI rate on the wards and ICUs for FY18 YTD was 25 infections with a goal of ZERO (FY17, there were 25 infections). Please only place indwelling urinary catheters for: Hourly urine output monitoring (only in the ICUs) Management of urinary retention, and Assistance in healing a stage 3 or... More

Reducing Clostridium Difficile Infections

December 19th, 2018

One major component of preventable harm is hospital-acquired C. difficile infections.  Due to the ongoing work of Deb Gregson and the QI team, we have made considerable progress.  BMC is above goal with FY18 Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) of 0.97 (goal ≤0.7). Key drivers for reducing C diff. are decreasing unnecessary... More

2018 BACO MassHealth PC Group Quality Bonus Program

December 19th, 2018

Starting in 2018, MA Executive Office for Health and Human Services will generate a Quality Score for each ACO participating in the new MassHealth ACO program.  This Quality Score will determine our ACOs share of any surplus or deficit accrued.  The amount of surplus or deficit will be based on... More

BMC Quality Goals FY 19

December 19th, 2018

1. 10% reduction in preventable harm events. The Preventable Harm Index includes 16 Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HACs), such as clostridium difficile infections, central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), and Patient Safety Indicators that are tied to external reputation and reimbursement.  BMC is predicted to... More

BMC Physician Quality Leaders

December 19th, 2018

In July 2016, BMC reorganized the Physician Quality Leaders, funding fewer quality leaders but giving each more responsibility and time to actually get things done. They report to Dr. James Moses, BMC Chief Quality Officer, and address patient safety events as well as promote hospital quality initiatives. They are also... More