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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

Spotlight Health is the big event in health care

By AHA STAT Staff
June 21, 2017

More than 1,000 creative minds will come together at the fourth annual Spotlight Health to discuss the cutting-edge health issues of our time. Spotlight Health is the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival and takes place June 22-25 in Aspen, Colo.

Spotlight Health’s deep dive along the cutting edge of health and medicine is presented through a global lens. A mix of formats, including keynotes, one-on-one interviews, interactive sessions, and panel discussions will... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, population health, Community health, leadership, members

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

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

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

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

Working Together for Safer, Smarter and Better Care

By Rick Pollack
September 30, 2016

A powerful example of hospital collaboration for better patient care is what we were able to accomplish through the Hospital Engagement Network, or HEN, part of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative. The AHA-affiliated Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) administers the largest HEN.  Over a four-year period from 2010-2014, a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality—which included results from the 26 original HENs across the country—showed a 17... read more

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

Honoring Quality Care at the State Level

By AHA STAT Staff
June 14, 2016

Today, the American Hospital Association announced the Maryland Hospital Association as the recipient of the 2016 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality. The Ohio Hospital Association and Kansas Hospital Association were selected as honorable mentions for the 2016 award.

The award, given to state, regional or metropolitan hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality... read more

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

Promising Results in CAUTI Reduction

By Kenneth P. Anderson, D.O., M.S., CPE
June 3, 2016

While hospitals have made great strides in reducing—or in some cases, eliminating—many health care-associated infections, reduction of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, or CAUTI, has been an elusive goal. Now results from a national project funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and led by AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) show that it’s possible to reduce CAUTI.

The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday published a paper... read more

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

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