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Continuously improving care

By AHA STAT Staff
August 21, 2017

Looking for more evidence of the stellar work being done in health care across the country? You’ll find it in the latest annual report on health care quality and disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The AHA has worked closely with AHRQ on a number of safety and quality-improvement initiatives, including efforts to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

The agency’s report says health care quality continued to improve overall... read more

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

Apply for the 2018 Circle of Life Award

By AHA STAT Staff
May 12, 2017

Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? If so, consider applying for the 2018 Circle of Life Award.

Since 1999, the “Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in End-of-Life Care” has honored shining examples of human compassion – care that helps people feel dignified, worthy and loved.

The award pays tribute to the hospitals, physicians, nurses and others who are leading the way toward better practices in providing care at the end of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards, culture of safety, members, hospice, advanced illness care

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

Focusing on Teamwork and Communication to Improve Patient Safety

March 15, 2017

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N.

Patient safety experts agree that communication and teamwork skills are essential for providing quality health care.  When all clinical and nonclinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors, improve efficiency and increase patient satisfaction.

The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) and American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) offer evidence-based... read more

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

Talk about patient safety

By AHA STAT Staff
March 10, 2017

March 12-18 is “Patient Safety Awareness Week,” when the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages hospitals and other health care organizations to host local activities promoting awareness of the need to continually improve patient safety and to involve the public in those improvement efforts.

This year's theme is again “United for Patient Safety,” and it highlights the role that all of us in health care play in keeping patients safe and free from harm.

The AHA has collected... read more

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

Clinician Well-being and Resilience

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N., Ph.D.
December 15, 2016

The rapid pace of change in health care, from delivery redesign to risk-based payment models to increased data reporting and interoperability, has clinician attention divided among many competing priorities and challenged to meet changing requirements while improving care delivery for a more diverse population. Numerous studies show clinician stress is associated with lower patient satisfaction, a negative impact on health care quality, overuse of resources and increased costs.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physician issues, physicians, culture of safety, leadership, nurses, workforce

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

Shining the Spotlight on Patient Safety

By Maulik Joshi
March 14, 2016

This week, health care organizations and patient groups across the country are engaging in activities for Patient Safety Awareness Week, under the banner of United for Patient Safety. This is the week where we recognize all the progress hospitals and health systems have made to keep patients, but we also know there is more work to be done.

A major way hospitals and health systems continue on the improvement path is through the second-generation of the Hospital Engagement Network,... read more

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

New Report: Creating a Care Delivery System to Achieve the Triple Aim

By Maulik Joshi
January 27, 2016

Hospitals and health care systems are striving to achieve the Triple Aim—improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations and reducing the cost of health care. To achieve these goals, hospital leaders are designing new care delivery systems. Adoption of these new systems can be facilitated by new and innovative payment models that center on individual and community needs by rewarding high quality.

Two AHA committees, the 2015 Committee on Research and 2015... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Triple Aim, access, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement, care coordination
 

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