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There to Care

By Rick Pollack
September 8, 2017

Hurricane Irma, the second historic storm to threaten the U.S. in the past three weeks, is churning its way through the Caribbean toward Florida, where it is expected to make landfall this weekend. Puerto Rico already has weathered this powerful storm. Our hopes and prayers are with the people of Florida, Puerto Rico, and the southeast region as they endure this tremendous storm and begin to rebuild.

Irma and its predecessor Harvey are powerful reminders of why emergency... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: preparedness

AHA Recognizes Those at the Forefront

By Rick Pollack
August 18, 2017

The AHA is eager to recognize excellence among America’s hospitals and health systems. We appreciate the work you do to help patients, and recognizing that work helps foster success across the field. At last month’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego, we presented awards to more formally acknowledge the great work going on in areas ranging from palliative care to community engagement.

For example, the Circle of Life Award was presented to innovative and effective programs that... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tag: awards

Apply for Quest for Quality Prize

By AHA STAT Staff
August 15, 2017

After a one-year hiatus the AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, updated to reflect the hospital and health system field’s broader emphasis on quality and improving health status. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018 prize, which recognizes health care leadership and innovation.

The 2018 prize encourages AHA members to expand upon past concepts and definitions of quality and safety, and to promote new... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality, awards

Hospitals Innovate New Strategies to Fight Opioid Crisis

By Rick Pollack
August 11, 2017

More than 140 Americans die from a drug overdose every day – that’s more than from gun homicides and car crashes combined.  Most of these deaths are due to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. The opioid crisis in our country is severe enough that yesterday President Donald Trump signaled his intention to declare it a national emergency.

Hospitals and health systems serve on the front lines in this crisis every day. We’re using many strategies to help: implementing... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, Behavioral health, opioids

Partnerships for building a culture of health

By AHA STAT Staff
August 9, 2017

The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) affiliate recently released a resource that points the way towards building those types of partnerships. HRET’s “playbook,” developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, outlines strategies and lessons learned from 10 strong hospital-community partnerships.

HRET is following up on release of the playbook with an Aug. 24 webinar featuring hospital and health system leaders who are partnering with others in their... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H

Telehealth is changing care

By AHA STAT Staff
August 3, 2017

The health care world is changing. New technologies are moving the field in new and different directions, all of which is good news for patients.

Take, for example, how hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to care, improve outcomes for patients and reduce costs. We released a report at last week’s AHA Leadership Summit that shows how seven hospitals and health systems are using telehealth to expand access to opioid recovery programs, early... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: access, Telehealth, telemedicine

Community conversations

By AHA STAT Staff
July 31, 2017

America’s hospitals take a lot of pride in staying close to their communities. We like to believe we have our fingers on the pulse of the people we serve. Much of what we do to stay in touch is centered on “telling our story,” letting people know what we are doing and why.

Given the challenges facing many of our urban and rural hospitals and communities, it may be a good idea for many of us to spend even more time on the other side of the coin: listening.

One in four hospitals in... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, leadership

Health care champions

By AHA STAT Staff
July 26, 2017

This week’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego gives us the opportunity to honor our hospital and health system champions for their inspiring work.

Bluegrass Care Navigators and the collaboration of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Providence TrinityCare Hospice & Trinity Kids Care and the Providence Institute for Human Caring will be honored with Circle of Life Awards for their innovative programs in palliative and end-of-life care.

California’s... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: awards, members

How Hospitals Are Benefiting the Communities They Serve

By Rick Pollack
July 18, 2017

POLITICO’s recent piece on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on non-profit hospitals is an incomplete and inaccurate understanding of the situation hospitals currently face and the benefits they provide.


First and foremost, the piece takes a narrow view of community benefits and fails to account for the full array of programs and services hospitals provide to their communities. Per the June 2016 IRS report to Congress, hospitals’ financial assistance and community benefit... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: Community benefit

Leading the way on equitable care

By AHA STAT Staff
July 7, 2017

Communities are only as strong as the health of their people. The AHA’s work to achieve health equity is central to our vision of a society of healthy communities where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

The AHA recently recognized hospitals and health systems that are leaders in advancing health equity: the 2017 AHA Equity of Care Award winners.

Their outstanding efforts to end health care disparities and promote diversity offer a model for others in the... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, equity, access, awards, members
 

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