There are a number of tools available to hospital leaders and clinicians that offer guidance on how to ensure that medical resources are being used appropriately.

In an effort to make the assistance more accessible, the Physician Leadership Forum and Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence, both part of the American Hospital Association, launched a compendium of toolkits and white papers addressing medical resource usage as it applies to five areas:

  • Blood management
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Ambulatory care sensitive conditions
  • Elective percutaneous coronary intervention
  • Aligning treatment with patient priorities for use of the intensive care unit.

Those areas originally were chosen by a group of health care stakeholders that wanted to take action on the matter.

The goal of the compendium is to foster discussion and action among hospital leadership, clinicians, patients, board members and community leaders.

“By managing the use of the medical resources, we can provide better patient care at a more affordable cost — something we can all agree is critical in our evolving health care environment,” said John Combes, M.D., the AHA’s chief medical officer and president/chief operating officer of the Center for Healthcare Governance, in a blog posting.