Maryland Hospital Association recognized for quality leadership

AHA News

The Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) is the 2016 recipient of the Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality, the AHA announced June 14.

The AHA presents the award each year to a state, regional or metropolitan hospital... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality care

In New Jersey, redesign of mental health care services drives competitors to collaborate

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By Betsy Ryan

 Hospitals and health systems across southern New Jersey were faced with a challenge that has turned into an opportunity. They conducted a joint community health needs assessment which reinforced what each hospital was reporting anecdotally: Emergency department visits with primary or... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Behavioral health, care coordination

AHA, CDC issue patient education resource on prescription opioids

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The AHA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) June 7 issued a new patient education resource on prescription opioids that outlines evidence-based information about the risks and side effects of the powerful painkillers.

The two-page resource is designed to encourage discussions between... read more

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

Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific eases patients' pain with art from the heart

AHA News

You find a mix of current and former patients in the art studio at the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific in Honolulu – a program that for more than two decades has eased patients’ pain through art.

“A lot of them have never painted before,” says Reuben Young, the hospital’s art instructor. He says... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections

Hospital-led Prescribe Safe initiative takes action against opioid painkiller misuse

AHA News

Every day in the United States 44 people will die of overdose from prescription opioids – deaths that have more than quadrupled in the past decade and a half, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Reb Close, M.D., an emergency department (ED) physician at the Community Hospital of... read more

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

Why health systems should invest in their internal pharmacy enterprise

AHA News

By Scott J. Knoer
and Steve Rough

 

As we shift our focus from volume to value on our quest to improve population health, we must invest in programs that reduce costs while improving outcomes, quality, safety and the patient experience for all patients we serve. When integrated across the continuum of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: drug prices

The Joint Commission seeks to clarify 'misperceptions' of its pain standards

AHA News

The Joint Commission’s pain standards are unfairly blamed for the current prescription opioid epidemic because of “misperceptions” of what it requires hospitals and other accredited institutions to do, says David Baker, M.D., The Joint Commission’s executive vice president for health care quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, measurement, Program Integrity, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, advanced illness care

Crouse Hospital puts RTs at the center of COPD care

AHA News

Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., is changing the way it cares for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients by giving respiratory therapists (RT) a much bigger role in their care.

The hospital in November began phasing in its “Lung Partners” program that puts RTs at the forefront of its... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

Minnesota Hospital Association produces big quality results

AHA News

The Minnesota Hospital Association’s (MHA) commitment to improving quality and safety earned it the AHA’s 2015 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership. Named after AHA President Emeritus Dick Davidson, the annual award is given to state, regional or metropolitan hospital... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, awards

Hospital's journey to excellence leads to Baldrige award

AHA News

2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner Charleston (W.Va.) Area Medical Center (CAMC) Health System began its Baldrige journey 15 years ago, because it “had an absolute obligation to our community to be the best we could possibly be,” says CAMC President and CEO David Ramsey.

“We are somewhat... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, awards, culture of safety

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