CDC: Disparity between black and white death rates declining

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The age-adjusted death rate declined 25% for black Americans and 14% for white Americans between 1999 and 2015, reducing the overall disparity between black and white death rates from 33% to 16%, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among specific... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, population health

Online tool now includes quality data for all VA medical centers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday expanded its access and quality tool to include certain inpatient quality data for every VA medical center. Released last month, the tool shows how VA medical centers compare with regional and national averages and non-VA hospitals in their area on certain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, access

CDC issues recommendations for managing suspected Shigella infections

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued recommendations for diagnosing and managing patients who may be infected with a Shigella strain less susceptible to the antibiotic Ciprofloxacin. Shigella bacteria can cause Shigellosis, a diarrheal disease that should be reported to local... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses

AHA surveying hospitals on Lean approaches to performance improvement

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate is surveying adult and pediatric acute-care hospitals about their use of Lean approaches to performance improvement to aid in future educational programming and policy initiatives. Instructions for accessing the National Survey of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

Study: Safety-net hospitals catch up to other hospitals in HRRP, but not in VBP

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Safety-net hospitals had larger average penalties than non-safety net hospitals under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in fiscal year 2013, but that difference had disappeared by 2016, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the Value-Based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, value-based purchasing, Medicare

CDC launches online training series on opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released the first module in a new online training series to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The first module presents an overview of the guidelines. Future modules are expected to address:... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, opioids, prevention

National Healthcare Decisions Day

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A health care crisis can be the worst possible time to make legal and medical decisions for yourself or for the care of a loved one.

Yet, that is often the case when complex decisions about care have not been made ahead of time. The physical and emotional impact of accidents and acute illness can make a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient and family engagement, advanced illness care

CMS reports on quality disparities for MA patients by gender, including race/ethnicity

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released reports highlighting gender differences on selected patient satisfaction and clinical care measures for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, including racial and ethnic differences. According to the reports, women were more likely than men to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Medicare, Coverage, equity

Workforce diversity

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By Maureen Swick

The AHA supports an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the communities our members serve. During National Minority Health Month, the AHA Workforce Center highlights our hospitals’ commitment to increasing and supporting a diverse workforce.

That commitment to a diverse and... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity, nurses, workforce

Study: Voluntary value-based reforms associated with greater readmissions reductions

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Hospitals participating in certain voluntary valued-based reforms have reduced their readmissions more than hospitals participating in only the mandatory Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, according to a study reported today in JAMA Internal Medicine. Based on readmissions data for 2,837 hospitals... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, ACO, bundled payment

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