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Your Annual Membership Meeting

By AHA STAT Staff
March 28, 2017

The AHA’s advocacy agenda and leadership resources are designed to help you manage the many issues that are important to you now, and will be increasingly important down the road.

Our advocacy agenda is rooted in the challenges you face every day in providing quality care to your patients. It takes center stage at the AHA’s Annual Membership Meeting, May 7-10 in Washington, D.C.

This year’s theme, “Advancing Health in America,” highlights how hospitals and health systems are... read more

Tags: advocacy, leadership, members

The Road Ahead

By Rick Pollack
March 27, 2017

As we all know by now, the U.S. House of Representatives did not vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week. Be certain, America’s hospitals and health systems will continue to work with Congress – and all stakeholders – to improve health care in America…and to find solutions that are best for hospitals and the patients and communities we serve. Much of the debate over repeal, replace and repair focused on coverage and how to pay for it. That’s an... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: members

AONE 2017 - 50 Years of Inspiring Leaders

By AHA STAT Staff
March 22, 2017

“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results” – Florence Nightingale

In 1967, a collection of nurse administrators from the AHA Council of Nursing organized themselves into an AHA personal membership group to create a professional home for nurse leaders. Fifty years later, AONE is the preeminent organization for nurse leaders. Echoing the founders’ aims to develop the profession of nursing leadership, the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Caregivers, leadership, nurses, workforce

Call to Action

By Rick Pollack
March 17, 2017

The American Health Care Act – a bill that would dramatically increase the number of Americans without health care coverage is scheduled for a vote on the House floor on Thursday. Now is the time for America’s hospitals and health systems to weigh in, so it is urgent for you to tell your legislators that they must not support this bill in its current form. We believe that any changes to health care policy must be guided by ensuring that the greatest number of Americans possible are... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, leadership

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

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

National Nutrition Month

By AHA STAT Staff
March 14, 2017

The word hunger calls to mind thin starving children. But in America today the real picture of undernutrition is different. In some cases, obese children are malnourished because they are consuming the wrong types of food – foods that are dense in calories, but nutritionally poor.

National Nutrition Month – the annual March campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to encourage healthier eating – reminds all of us of obesity’s many long-term effects for children... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, members, chronic conditions

Coverage is Key

By Rick Pollack
March 10, 2017

This week, House Republicans unveiled a bill to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. While we continue to work with lawmakers on advancing our health care system, we cannot support this bill in its current form. Our primary concern for health reform has always been maintaining coverage. It is vital that the tens of millions of Americans who have gained coverage through the ACA not be left behind. So far, it’s unclear how many may lose coverage under this new... read more

Topics: Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access

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

Preserve the 340B program

By Tom Nickels
March 9, 2017

Every day, we see stories about the exorbitant costs of prescription drugs and the serious challenges they pose for individuals and the entire health care system.

One program that has a 25-year track record of improving access to medications and health care services for people in vulnerable communities is the 340B Drug Pricing Program.

It requires pharmaceutical manufacturers participating in Medicaid to sell many outpatient drugs at discounted prices to health care organizations... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: 340B
 

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