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November is National Diabetes Month

By AHA STAT Staff
November 7, 2017

November is National Diabetes Month, and all kinds of events are planned on the local and national levels to bring attention to the burgeoning epidemic. Hospitals and health systems are working with their communities to sponsor screenings, informational sessions, fund-raising walks and healthy-living demonstrations.

Of course, programs aimed at managing and preventing diabetes are year-round activities for hospitals and health systems. They invest in wellness and prevention... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, chronic conditions

Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
October 23, 2017

The statistics are staggering. Every day, over 90 Americans die from an opioid overdose. Deaths from prescription opioids – drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone – have more than quadrupled since 1999.

A human crisis in terms of lives lost, ravaged families and communities, certainly. It has spurred a public health crisis, including increases in opioid misuse and related overdoses, as well as the rising incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome due to opioid use and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

Take action to fight the flu

By AHA STAT Staff
October 12, 2017

One of the most important steps you can take to avoid serious, flu-related illnesses is to be vaccinated.

Who needs a flu vaccine? Almost everyone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated, particularly people who are at a high risk for flu complications. This includes people 65 years and older, young children and people with chronic conditions such as asthma or heart disease. And, people who care for or live... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: safety, prevention

AHA-AMGA Collaborative - Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value

By Jay Bhatt, D.O.
September 20, 2017

By Jay Bhatt, D.O., AHA Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

The AHA and the AMGA invite members to apply for the next iteration of our clinical integration learning collaborative. As we strive to deliver smarter, better, safer care, it’s imperative that health care organizations are experienced in developing plans for more integrated systems of care.

The inaugural class consisted of more than 20 teams that developed plans for more integrated care specific to their... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, clinical integration

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

AHA Recognizes Those at the Forefront

By Rick Pollack
August 18, 2017

The AHA is eager to recognize excellence among America’s hospitals and health systems. We appreciate the work you do to help patients, and recognizing that work helps foster success across the field. At last month’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego, we presented awards to more formally acknowledge the great work going on in areas ranging from palliative care to community engagement.

For example, the Circle of Life Award was presented to innovative and effective programs that... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tag: awards

Apply for Quest for Quality Prize

By AHA STAT Staff
August 15, 2017

After a one-year hiatus the AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, updated to reflect the hospital and health system field’s broader emphasis on quality and improving health status. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018 prize, which recognizes health care leadership and innovation.

The 2018 prize encourages AHA members to expand upon past concepts and definitions of quality and safety, and to promote new... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality, awards

Caregivers Shine a Light in the Darkness

August 14, 2017

By Nancy Agee

Once again, our nation has been touched by senseless violence… this time in Charlottesville, VA. While my heart was heavy as I watched the images of the scenes unfolding there this weekend, I was inspired by the way members of the hospital family – and my fellow Virginians – rushed in to help treat the wounded and provide care and comfort to those affected by the violence.

Our colleagues at University of Virginia Health System and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: preparedness

Health care champions

By AHA STAT Staff
July 26, 2017

This week’s AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego gives us the opportunity to honor our hospital and health system champions for their inspiring work.

Bluegrass Care Navigators and the collaboration of Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance, Providence TrinityCare Hospice & Trinity Kids Care and the Providence Institute for Human Caring will be honored with Circle of Life Awards for their innovative programs in palliative and end-of-life care.

California’s... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: awards, members

Come to the AHA Leadership Summit

By AHA STAT Staff
June 27, 2017

The strategies that are empowering health care leaders to drive the transformation of America’s health care will take center stage July 27-29 at the 25th annual AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

This year’s meeting will explore opportunities for advancing care coordination and quality and patient safety, improving population health, driving value through delivery system innovation, managing risk, leveraging health information technology and data for safer and more effective... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, value-based purchasing, population health, Community health, awards, leadership, members, care coordination
 

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