CMS issues 2018 Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plan star ratings

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week published its star ratings for 2018 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Approximately 44% of MA plans that offer prescription drug coverage will have an overall rating of four stars or higher in 2018, and about 52% of stand-alone... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, rating systems, Medicare

Take action to fight the flu

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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... read more

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

Medical specialties board releases certification report

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More than 880,000 physicians were certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2017, about 20,000 more than in 2016, according to the board’s latest certification report. AHA is an associate member of ABMS, which certifies physicians in 39 specialties and 86 subspecialties. For more... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: physicians

Group offers guidance for engaging new clinicians in patient safety

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The National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment this week released guidance to help health care system leaders work with clinical educators to create learning environments where new clinicians actively engage in patient safety activities. The document provides a framework and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, physicians, nurses, teaching hospitals

How to improve care for high-need, high-cost patients

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A new AHA issue brief offers resources and strategies to improve care for “high-need, high-cost patients” – adults who have three or more chronic diseases and functional limitations in their ability to care for themselves or perform routine daily tasks. Access the resource at www.aha.org/hnhc.

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, chronic conditions

AHA-AMGA Collaborative - Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value

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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... read more

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

'Behavioral vaccine' for teen depression

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Can an online prevention program keep mental health problems at bay among teens who are already at risk of suffering from severe depression?

A team at the University of Illinois Medical Center hopes so, and has spent more than a decade developing and testing the best way to teach coping strategies to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health

Company recalls sterile drug products

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Bella Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling all lots of unexpired sterile drug products due to lack of sterility assurance, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. The products were distributed to health care facilities nationwide. Anyone with product subject to the recall should stop using... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient safety

Continuously improving care

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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... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, safety, culture of safety

AHA Recognizes Those at the Forefront

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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... read more

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

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