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National Healthcare Decisions Day

By AHA STAT Staff
April 17, 2017

A health care crisis can be the worst possible time to make legal and medical decisions for yourself or for the care of a loved one.

Yet, that is often the case when complex decisions about care have not been made ahead of time. The physical and emotional impact of accidents and acute illness can make a very stressful situation even more so – and is a hard time to reach sound decisions.

From April 16 to April 22, health care and community organizations, including hospitals, are... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient and family engagement, 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

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

Becoming Better Stewards of Antibiotics

By John R. Combes, MD
May 3, 2016

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts released a study in JAMA and corresponding editorial that analyzed antibiotic use in the outpatient setting. The study found that in the U.S. in 2010-2011, there was an estimated annual antibiotic prescription rate per 1000 people of 506, but only an estimated 353 of those prescriptions were likely appropriate.

The study asserts these results support the need for the national strategy on... read more

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

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

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

Progress to Celebrate

By Rick Pollack
November 6, 2015

Saving an estimated 50,000 lives and $12 billion in health care costs is something to celebrate.  Congratulations to the 3,700 acute-care hospitals that have participated in one of the Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) that are part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients. You are a big reason that, between 2010 and 2013, hospital-acquired conditions fell by an impressive 17%, according to a report (... read more

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

Aligning Treatment with Patient Priorities

By John R. Combes, MD
September 16, 2015

When it comes to care at the end of life, it’s critical that hospitals talk to patients and their families to understand their preferences and goals. Hospitals and health systems should encourage early intervention and discussion about priorities for medical care especially in the context of progressive disease. Discussing acceptable levels of recovery and ensuring clear understanding about the risks associated with treatment options allow providers to deliver the care that best... read more

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

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