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Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health

By AHA STAT Staff
September 14, 2017

Health isn’t created by doctors and nurses, but by friendships and families … by good air, food, houses, roads and jobs … by strong communities and good schools. Because improving health means going beyond hospitals and physicians’ offices, the AHA encourages the field to take advantage of our ongoing series of guides on strategic considerations and approaches hospitals can use to improve the environment where people live, work and play.

Our most recent guide is a one-pager aimed... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, Redefining the H, members

Join the AHA, IFD in celebrating National Minority Health Month

April 3, 2017

How much progress is your hospital making toward ensuring equitable care for all persons in every community served? April is a good time to ask because it’s National Minority Health Month, dedicated to raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations.

Increasing awareness is critical to catalyzing action, and action is at the heart of the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. Nearly 1,500 hospitals and health... read more

Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, equity, access, leadership

Expert Panel Takes Stock of the Evidence for Socioeconomic Adjustment

By Akin Demehin
January 12, 2016

Today, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) released the first in a planned series of reports that will identify “social risk factors” affecting the health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries, and methods to account for these factors in Medicare payment programs like the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program. Through a comprehensive review of available literature, the NAM’s expert panel found evidence that a wide variety of social risk factors may influence performance on certain... read more

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

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

National Minority Health Month

By Rich Umbdenstock
April 3, 2015

What progress is your hospital making in equity in care? April is a good time to ask because it’s National Minority Health Month,dedicated to raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. Five years ago, the AHA joined several other national organizations in launching a Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. We recommend that hospitals, in particular, focus their efforts on greatly increasing three things: collection and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, diversity, equity, access, governance, leadership

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

Always There, Ready to Care

By Rich Umbdenstock
March 13, 2015

How many facilities in your community are ready to serve you every hour of every day of every week – especially in times of emergency? How many are willing and able to take care of anyone who walks in the door? Your first thought, correctly, might be your local police or fire department. But America’s hospitals, especially their emergency departments, are proud to be first responders, too. In many communities, only hospital EDs can care for our neighbors with emergent and urgent... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: socioeconomic status, Emergency Preparedness, Coverage, Redefining the H, access, disaster readiness, preparedness

Expediting Equity

By Rich Umbdenstock
February 13, 2015

“A society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.”  That is the AHA's and every hospital’s vision, but to get there we must make faster progress in addressing the health disparities that exist in many of the populations we serve. To support your efforts to improve quality and health care equity in your communities, we are pleased to release Equity of Care: A Toolkit for Eliminating Health Care Disparities. It’s a user-friendly... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, socioeconomic status, population health, diversity, equity

Readmissions and Hospitals that Treat the Neediest Among Us

By Erik Rasmussen
September 30, 2014

When recovering from illness or injury, everyone wants to get better as fast as possible.  No one wants a complication or setback, especially not if that setback is severe enough to put a patient back in the hospital.  The members of the American Hospital Association are very keenly aware of this and are working hard every day to improve care so that unnecessary readmissions do not happen.  Earlier this year, we were delighted to report that the 1500 hospitals working with the AHA... read more

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

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