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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

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

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

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

Hospital Leaders on the Hill

By AHA STAT Staff
September 13, 2016

Today, hundreds of hospital leaders are reaching out to their members of Congress to talk about the challenges facing their patients and communities.

What are the issues facing hospitals and health systems today? Recent developments regarding the so-called site-neutral payment provisions included in the outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule and legislation, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), among others.

The American Hospital Association... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, readmissions, site neutral payment, advocacy

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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