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Health Care in The Transition

By Rick Pollack
December 9, 2016

Repealing and not replacing the Affordable Care Act would be harmful for patients and the hospitals that serve them. That’s why the AHA recently sent letters to President-elect Trump and Congressional leaders highlighting the results of a new study that details the impact repealing the ACA would have on hospitals, health systems, and the communities they serve. This study, cosponsored by the Federation of American Hospitals and completed by the firm Dobson|DaVanzo, reveals some... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
December 5, 2016

While acute-care hospitals across the country work diligently to improve care and reduce adverse events, what about the outpatient setting? What happens to the patient who is transitioned from one setting to another and has multiple chronic conditions? Is the patient and his or her family engaged in decision-making? Is there coordination among primary care providers and specialists? Is there discharge planning so that the patient can better self-manage illness and recovery? 

The ... read more

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

New Strategies to Ensure Access to Health Care in Vulnerable Communities

By Rick Pollack
December 2, 2016

Hospitals serve as essential access points for people from all walks of life to get the care they need. Usually, when we need our local hospital, our local hospital is there—whether it is for emergency care, home health care or all services in between. But one in three hospitals in America is fighting to survive, putting many vulnerable communities at risk of losing their access to local health care services. Rural hospitals may struggle due to their remote location, workforce... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Redefining the H, access

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

November 29, 2016

In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and conducted listening sessions to speak with hospital and community leaders during a 15-month period.

At a briefing held in Washington D.C. today, Rick Pollack, president and CEO of the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

United Against the Flu

By Rick Pollack
November 23, 2016

Millions of Americans are preparing to give thanks and celebrate Thanksgiving with their friends and loved ones. America’s hospitals also are preparing, but for a different reason. Flu season is upon us. We again are organizing the United Against the Flu Campaign – a collaborative effort by several national health care organizations to amplify the importance of getting vaccinated during flu season. The online hub, www.advancinghealthinamerica.org/flu, provides information and... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: patient safety, Community health

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
November 18, 2016

This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been shining a light on antibiotic resistance through their Get Smart about Antibiotics Week campaign. We have been pleased to take part in activities marking the week, which culminated with a global Twitter Chat today. You can join the conversation by using the #AntibioticResistance hashtag.

In an effort to do their part, hospitals and health systems are reviewing their use of antibiotics so that they are used only... read more

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

Amplifying Quality Improvement

By Rick Pollack
November 18, 2016

The buzzword these days in quality improvement is “HIIN.” That’s short for Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, part of the continuation of the Partnership for Patients program. It succeeds the recently concluded Hospital Engagement Networks and will work to reduce overall hospital-acquired conditions by 20% and 30-day hospital readmissions by 12%. The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust led the largest HEN project, which marked a concerted effort by more than 1,500... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Partnership for Patients, patient safety, HENs, culture of safety, chronic conditions

Rural Health Priorities in Congress

By Erik Rasmussen
November 17, 2016

Today we celebrate National Rural Health Day. This is a great opportunity to highlight the many good things rural hospitals do every day – from providing essential health care services and promoting wellness to serving as economic anchors of their communities. We appreciate our rural hospital members and recognize the significant contribution they make every single day.    

Earlier this week, the “lame duck” Congress began work on finishing the government’s business for the year’s... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rural

Hospitals are proud to count veterans among their ranks

November 11, 2016

It makes sense that Election Day and Veterans Day fall so close to one another on the calendar, given that one of our most fundamental American rights – the right to vote and elect our leaders – has been secured for us by the courageous service of our veterans. You can show your deep appreciation for those who have worn the uniform and those who continue to serve the country on our behalf by hiring veterans. They deserve respect for the knowledge and skills gained during their... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: workforce

From Politics to Governance

By Rick Pollack
November 11, 2016

This week millions of Americans exercised their fundamental right to vote and elect our leaders. With the election now behind us, we must turn from politics to governance. Amid the changing political landscape, our priorities remain the same – advancing the transformation of health care, ensuring access to coverage, preserving adequate resources for health care, protecting patient access to care, enhancing the quality of care and patient safety, and making health care more... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: advocacy




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