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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

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

The Hospital Bill: State of Play

By Rick Pollack
May 20, 2016

This week, the long-anticipated Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act (H.R.5273) was introduced by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), along with Health Subcommittee leaders Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Jim McDermott (D-WA). Markup could be as early as next week. We are continuing to closely review every aspect of the bill, but it includes two proposals that could help address items high on the AHA’s legislative agenda. First, the bill would adjust Section 603... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: readmissions

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

Readmissions Facts

By Rick Pollack
December 8, 2015

Readmissions are falling fast thanks to the hard work of America’s hospitals to improve care, provide better discharge instructions to patients and partner with patients and others in their communities to coordinate care after they leave the hospital (Medicare Rules Reshape Hospital Readmissions, December 2). However, the Wall Street Journal’s analysis questions that these gains have been fully achieved. 

Here is what the numbers show. Between January 2012 and November 2014,... read more

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

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

The Case for Revised Readmissions Risk Adjustments

By Nancy Foster
September 14, 2015

While addressing unnecessary readmissions is an important way to improve patient care, it is important that we understand that there are many factors that influence the likelihood a patient will be readmitted.  The American Hospital Association (AHA) has long advocated that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) amend the measures used in its public reporting and for the Readmissions Reduction Program to recognize that many of the factors that influence whether a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, readmissions, SES, socioeconomic status

Repealing SGR

By Rich Umbdenstock
March 27, 2015

We are pleased that the House this week voted to permanently replace the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate formula, and we hope the Senate will follow suit. The package strikes a careful balance in the way it funds the SGR repeal and embraces a number of structural reforms to the Medicare program. It fixes the physician payment problem and includes policy changes that move their payments from the first curve to the second curve. It includes important extenders and key provisions for... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality, readmissions, socioeconomic status, Medicare, Coverage, Medicaid, access

Rethinking the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

By Rich Umbdenstock
March 19, 2015

Readmissions is the rate at which patients return to a hospital within 30 days of discharge. The AHA is immensely proud of the work hospitals are doing to reduce readmissions and improve care for patients.

But hospitals that care for low-income patients tend to incur higher readmissions penalties because Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) unfairly penalizes them for factors outside their control.  Patients in these communities may have limited access to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, readmissions, socioeconomic status

Wisdom to Know the Difference

By Rich Umbdenstock
January 30, 2015

A county’s supply of frontline practitioners, its educational and employment levels and the quality of its nursing homes explain nearly half of the differences in county-by-county hospital readmission rates for people aged 65 and older. That’s the conclusion of a significant new study and the editorial in the February issue of Health Services Research, the journal of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust, which look at the effectiveness of federal penalties for hospitals with... read more

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

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