Board Oversight of Patient Care Quality in Large Nonprofit Health Systems

Lawrence D. Prybil, David R. Bardach, David W. Fardo

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In hospitals and health systems, ensuring that organizational standards for patient care quality are adopted and that processes for monitoring and improving clinical services are in place are among governing boards’ most important duties. A recent study examined board oversight of patient care quality in 14 of the country's 15 largest private nonprofit health systems. The findings show that 13 of the 14 boards have standing committees with oversight responsibility for patient quality and safety within their system; 11 of the 14 system boards formally adopt systemwide quality measures and standards; and all 14 regularly receive written reports on systemwide and hospital performance. In recent months, most of these boards had adopted action plans directed at improving their system's performance with respect to patient care quality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • board oversight
  • governance
  • patient care quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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