3:00-4:00 pm
Room: 229 AB North
This is part of an HQ Talks session, which includes two presentations during the hour. 

Anatomy of Effective Mortality and Morbidity (M&M) Conferences
Presenter: Mark A. Smith, MD MBA FACS

This session will look at the value of and what defines effective Mortality & Morbidity (M&M) conferences. M&M conferences have long been the linchpin method for healthcare organizations to spread educational learning in their own group. However, it often times is merged into the peer review process which greatly decreases the effectiveness. In addition, many hospitals are challenged to even hold M&M conferences due to the increased clinical time demands on physicians and other healthcare providers. We will examine the relationship that M&M should have with peer review. Also, we will explore the best methods of implementing M&M conferences both for single hospitals and/or medical groups versus hospital systems.

Learning Objectives:

  • Know the elements of effective Mortality and Morbidity conferences
  • Identify strategies for creating effective M&Ms in your organization
  • List at least three positive impacts that effective M&M conferences bring to patient care

NAHQ NEXT Speaker Mark SmithDr. Mark Smith is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of California, Irvine. He is a Senior Healthcare Consultant and owner with HG Healthcare Consultants, which provides wide-ranging consulting services to domestic and international healthcare entities. He brings 30 years of clinical practice and hospital management experience to his work with physicians and hospitals across the United States. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has done extensive work for the last 15 years in the areas of peer review, quality, and credentialing. He is the author of a number of books in these areas and delivers numerous educational sessions concerning them. He has worked with more than 300 organizations to implement redesigns of their systems with the goal of improving healthcare delivery.

Audience Level: CPHQ/Mid
Topic: Performance & Process Improvement
Date: September 16