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Celebrating Nursing Leaders

By Rick Pollack
March 31, 2017

It takes a team to run a hospital. But if you ask a patient who they interacted with the most, they’ll probably say a nurse. Nurses are on the front lines of medical care in hospitals, health clinics, schools, assisted living facilities and home health care. They are often the voice of the patient. Today, I had the opportunity to be with nursing leaders from across the nation at the annual meeting of the American Organization of Nurse Executives in Baltimore. It was a chance to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: patient safety, nurses, workforce, members

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

What the HAC is going on?

By Nancy Foster
December 20, 2016

The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, or HAC program, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS), is broken. In yesterday’s American Journal of Medical Quality, the AHA and our research partners at KNG Health Consulting, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and the Association of American Medical Colleges published an article outlining the inherent bias in the formula used to calculate the HAC penalties for hospitals and health systems.

The way the... read more

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

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

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

Continuing the Patient Safety Journey

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

As the new president and CEO of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), I am thrilled that HRET has been selected as one of 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

The Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network, or HIIN, contracts build upon the collective and extraordinary momentum of the Hospital... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, QIO, quality, Partnership for Patients, patient safety, readmissions, safety, HENs
 

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