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Come to the AHA Leadership Summit

June 27, 2017

The strategies that are empowering health care leaders to drive the transformation of America’s health care will take center stage July 27-29 at the 25th annual AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

This year’s meeting will explore opportunities for advancing care coordination and quality and patient safety, improving population health, driving value through delivery system innovation, managing risk, leveraging health information technology and data for safer and more effective... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, value-based purchasing, population health, Community health, awards, leadership, members, care coordination

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

March 16, 2017

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Katie Mockaitis

Hospitals have made impressive strides in improving care in the inpatient setting and are applying those lessons to outpatient care.

Funded through a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) has been working with experts in ambulatory care, patient and family engagement (PFE), and care transitions to create a toolkit specific to the ambulatory care setting that... read more

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

The Next Generation of Community Health

February 14, 2017

Hospitals and health systems are on a journey that promises to take them to a place where they can improve the lives of thousands of people all at once, not just the health of one patient at a time … where their success in addressing the social determinants of health within the communities they serve will be as important as the high-quality medical care they provide within their four walls.

It’s a journey described in the AHA Committee on Research’s new report, “The Next... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Redefining the H, clinical integration, care coordination

Hospital mergers can be a key to meet patients' needs and improve care

By Rick Pollack
January 27, 2017

Rapid change in the health care field has led hospital leaders to search for new ways to reduce costs, increase the quality of care, and preserve access to care, so they can continue to meet their patients’ needs. For some hospitals, mergers may be the right path to meet these goals. This week the AHA released a new study finding that hospital mergers result in significant cost savings and quality improvements. The study, prepared by economists at Charles River Associates, found... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: acquisitions, consolidation, mergers, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

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

Community Behavioral Health Community Extends Beyond Traditional Health Care Space

May 25, 2016

Hospitals and health systems are going above and beyond to address and treat the myriad behavioral health concerns in their communities.  To highlight and honor the dedicated women and men who care for and keep our communities health during Mental Health Month, the AHA sat down with members of the Sanpete Valley Behavioral Health Network.

Caregivers at Sanpete Valley Hospital, a critical access hospital in Mount Pleasant, Utah, knew they had to implement a plan to improve... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community benefit, Community health, Community Connections, Coverage, Mental health, Behavioral health, care coordination

Celebrate Your Hospital

May 9, 2016

As AHA President Rick Pollack noted in his Friday blog post, this week we come together to celebrate the more than five million dedicated women and men working in America’s hospitals and health systems for National Hospital Week. How can your hospital get involved? Join the AHA’s #MyHospital digital campaign by sharing photos or videos with the AHA highlighting the important role hospitals play in their community. Use the tag #MyHospital. Here are some photos that have already been... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: quality care, quality, Community health, access, nurses, workforce, care coordination

Improving Transitions from the Hospital to Home

By Maulik Joshi
March 17, 2016

A recent blog post for the New York Times highlights the important role caregivers have at discharge – the time of transition from hospital care to care at home and beyond.

In an effort to strengthen care transitions, the AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), through a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, has created the Huddle for Care website.

All health care providers, from acute-care hospitals, to physician offices, to home care organizations, are... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, readmissions, Community health, patient and family engagement, care coordination, home health

Fellowship for Creating Clinically Integrated Health-System Based Medical Groups

By John R. Combes, MD
March 1, 2016

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) members are invited to apply for a learning fellowship on managing population health and succeeding in the new physician payment models that take effect in 2019, also known as Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). 

The AHA-AMGA Learning Fellowship is a national-level comprehensive program that addresses critical success factors such as leadership, culture, structure,... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physician issues, physicians, leadership, care coordination

Complex Care Found at Facilities Affiliated with Hospitals and Health Systems

By Erik Rasmussen
February 29, 2016

A recent study that claims cancer care is more expensive because hospitals are employing more physicians is misleading and does not consider all of the facts. 

The study had several problematic areas. While it accounts for changes in the general rate of inflation, there is no indication that the authors accounted for the dramatic increases in the price of cancer and other drugs that have been noted in Congressional hearings, on the campaign trail and by plans and consumers. In... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: mergers, site neutral payment, price, care coordination



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