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Equity of Care and Diversity are a Priority

By Rick Pollack
June 24, 2016

The Institute for Diversity in Health Management this week released findings from its biennial survey “Diversity and Disparities: A Benchmarking Study of U.S. Hospitals.” While there’s been some progress, the simple fact is there hasn’t been enough in some key areas. The survey shows that almost every hospital collects demographic data on race, ethnicity, primary language and gender, but less than half are using that data to improve quality. It also shows that about 80 percent of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: diversity, equity

HealthCareerCenter.com announces partnership with state hospital associations in Michigan, California to connect health care employers and job seekers

By AHA STAT Staff
June 20, 2016

HealthCareerCenter.com will join forces with the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) and the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) to better connect health care employers and job seekers. The job boards of both associations will now be directly integrated into HealthCareerCenter.com, the online job board powered by the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Over the past several years, all three organizations have been participants in the National Healthcare... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

Orlando

By Rick Pollack
June 16, 2016

Once again this week, we watched in horror as innocent victims lost their lives to senseless violence in Orlando. The AHA, our members and everyone who works in hospitals and health systems extend our thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences to the survivors, the victims’ families and the entire Orlando community. In our shared grief, however, we are starkly reminded of our purpose. The first responders and EMTs on the scene were ready to quickly rescue and transport victims from... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: preparedness

Honoring Quality Care at the State Level

By AHA STAT Staff
June 14, 2016

Today, the American Hospital Association announced the Maryland Hospital Association as the recipient of the 2016 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality. The Ohio Hospital Association and Kansas Hospital Association were selected as honorable mentions for the 2016 award.

The award, given to state, regional or metropolitan hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety, awards

Teaming Up to End Opioid Epidemic

By Rick Pollack
June 10, 2016

The U.S. opioid epidemic has a devastating impact on patients, communities and hospitals. According to government sources, there were more than 14,000 prescription opioid overdose deaths in 2014 alone, with more than 1,000 emergency department visits every day for prescription opioid misuse. Across America, hospitals are working hard to combat the epidemic. Knowledge and improved patient/physician communication are essential tools in this fight, and in effective pain management.... read more

Tag: opioids

New Patient-Friendly Resource on Prescription Opioids Available

By AHA STAT Staff
June 7, 2016

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued a new patient-friendly resource on prescription opioids. 

“Every day, hospitals see how misuse of and overdose from prescription opioids affects patients’ families, loved ones and communities,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “We want patients to have open, honest conversations with their care providers about the best way to manage pain. The goal is to help... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, physician issues, Mental health, opioids, prevention

Interoperability: More to Do

By Rick Pollack
June 3, 2016

The ability for hospitals to send and receive electronic information from other care providers – also known as interoperability – is critical to advancing health in America. According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology hospitals are making progress adopting electronic medical records. ONC released a survey relaying data from the IT Supplement to AHA’s Annual Survey showing that last year 84% of America’s hospitals had adopted a basic... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Electronic Health Records

Promising Results in CAUTI Reduction

By Kenneth P. Anderson, D.O., M.S., CPE
June 3, 2016

While hospitals have made great strides in reducing—or in some cases, eliminating—many health care-associated infections, reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, or CAUTI, has been an elusive goal. Now results from a national project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and led by AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) show that it’s possible to reduce CAUTI.

The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday published a paper... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety

Building a Stronger Behavioral Health Workforce for Patients and Communities

By Pamela A. Thompson, MS, RN, CENP, FAAN
June 1, 2016

As hospitals and health systems better integrate behavioral and physical health, it is critical to ensure that patients and communities have access to the right providers to take care of behavioral health needs now and in the future. There are seven steps hospital leaders can take to strengthen their behavioral health care workforce: 

  • Assess the current workforce and patient population to find the gaps between what the community’s needs are and the type of providers needed to... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: workforce, Mental health, Behavioral health

The Spirit of Memorial Day

By Rick Pollack
May 27, 2016

On Memorial Day we remember and honor the noble and brave men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives in the service of our country. Their ultimate sacrifice has defended our freedom and helps to safeguard our future. Our celebration of their lives ensures that their loss is not forgotten and that their spirit and patriotism lives on in the hearts of their families, their communities and our nation. We at the American Hospital Association, all of our members and the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: leadership
 

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