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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

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

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

CDC Launches Opioid Prescribing Guideline Resources for Providers

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
December 16, 2016

This week, the CDC launched a suite of new opioid prescribing guideline resources for providers, including a mobile app and video series. This is a follow-up to their CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, launched last spring, to encourage safer and more effective pain management. 

According to the CDC, “The new Opioid Guide App makes it easier to apply the recommendations in the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain into clinical practice by... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, physician issues, Behavioral health, opioids

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

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

By AHA STAT Staff
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

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
 

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