Seeking some changes, AHA generally backs CMS discharge planning proposal

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The AHA Jan. 4 said it “generally supports” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule revising discharge planning requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAH) and home health agencies.

In comments submitted to the agency, Ashley Thompson, the AHA’s senior vice... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, CAHs, Medicaid, care coordination, prevention, home health

AHRQ reports 'substantial progress' in reducing hospital-acquired conditions

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Hospitals are making “substantial progress in improving safety,” according to a Dec. 1 report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that found a 17% decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) from 2010 to 2014. That translates to 87,000 lives saved and nearly $20 billion in health... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

Hospitals pledge to eliminate health care disparities

AHA News

More than 700 hospitals have signed onto the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign to eliminate health care disparities, the association recently announced.

In addition, the AHA noted that a number of partner organizations have endorsed the campaign, first announced at July’s Health Forum-AHA... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, leadership, members, patient and family engagement

CDC: Hospitals making progress in effort to eliminate infections

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Hospitals reduced central-line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) and surgical site infections by 46% and 19%, respectively, between 2008 and 2013, according to the latest annual report on healthcare-associated infections, released Jan. 14 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

HHS: hospital-acquired conditions down 17% over three years

AHA News

The rate of hospital-acquired conditions declined 17% between 2010 and 2013, saving an estimated 50,000 lives and $12 billion, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported Dec. 2.

“These data represent significant progress in improving the quality of care that patients receive while... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Hospital Engagement Networks

Hospitals soon to report HAI data to the National Health Safety Network

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Beginning in January, Medicare will link hospitals' annual prospective payment system (PPS) update to their submitting certain healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network, or NHSN. To help hospitals report the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

Is comparing hospitals infection rates affected by surveillance?

AHA News

Publicly reported comparisons of bloodstream infection rates among hospitals may be affected by variation in surveillance methods, according to a study in the Nov. 10 Journal of the American Medical Association.

Infection preventionists at four academic medical centers determined central line-associated... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

Theyre qualified but can't get into nursing school.

AHA News

With a serious RN shortage looming, qualified candidates are turned away from baccalaureate nursing programs because of capacity, faculty, funding and other issues. Here are the number of qualified applications rejected from 2002 to 2009.
2002  ... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

Study says patient satisfaction with hospitals is on the rise

AHA News

Hospitals are improving the inpatient care experience, according to a study reported Nov. 2 in Health Affairs.

 

The study assesses changes in the mean percentage of positive responses on the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems  or Hospital Compare survey for hospitals... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

AHRQ awards $34 million to HRET, others to prevent HAI

AHA News

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently awarded $34 million for projects to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAI) in hospitals, ambulatory care settings, end-stage renal disease facilities and long-term care facilities.


Recipients include the AHA's Health Research &... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

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