Breaking the Chain of Infections

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Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued Vital Signs on how the health care field can interrupt the spread of infections, especially those that are antibiotic resistant like Clostridium difficile.

In the Vital Signs, CDC recommends a community-wide approach to identify and stop... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, hospital-acquired conditions, care coordination

Study: HAC Reduction Program may not accurately measure hospital quality

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Hospitals with structural characteristics reflecting volume, accreditations and advanced services tend to perform better than others on publicly reported quality measures but are penalized significantly in the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, according to a study published this week in the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

Children's Hospital Colorado's 'Quest for Quality' makes families part of care team

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From the board room to the bed side, parents are involved in the care and experience their children receive at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora.

Parents are members of more than 30 different hospital committees and safety project teams, as well as serving on the hospital governing board’s quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, hospital-acquired conditions, patient and family engagement

HRET patient engagement video wins film festival grand prize

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The AHA-affiliated Health Research & Educational Trust video on preventing dialysis-related infections through patient engagement has won the grand prize in the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Film Festival. The video highlights ways for clinicians to engage patients in... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, culture of safety, hospital-acquired conditions, patient and family engagement

CMS issues proposed FY 2016 inpatient PPS rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2016. The rule would increase rates by 1.1% in FY 2016 compared to FY 2015, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law. Specifically, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, readmissions, value-based purchasing, Meaningful Use, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions, VBP

Report: Health care quality continues to improve

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The nation has made clear progress in improving the health care delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending and healthier people, according to the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, released Friday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. But... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, child health, Coverage, equity, access, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

Florida HEN improves care for 27,500 patients, saves $170 million

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Hospitals participating in the Florida Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network improved care for more than 27,500 patients over three years, avoiding an estimated $170 million in health care costs, the association reported this week. Among other improvements, the 77 hospitals prevented 15,072... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks, hospital-acquired conditions

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