AHA's new quality leader seeks to raise field's quality and safety bar

AHA News

Jay Bhatt, D.O., is excited about leading the AHA’s quality agenda at “an extraordinary time in American health care.”

“We have an opportunity to drastically improve health and health care in America,” says Bhatt, who joins the AHA on Sept. 26. “We can fundamentally reshape delivery, payment, workforce... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, Hospital Engagement Networks, population health, culture of safety

Infection measure data issue prompts additional FY 2017 HAC review and corrections period and other updates

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced an error in calculating Clostridium difficile infection performance during the first two quarters of 2014.

This error affects hospital performance in the fiscal year 2017 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program, baseline performance in the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: HAC

2016 AHA award winners honored at Leadership Summit

AHA News

The 2016 Health Forum and AHA Leadership Summit, held July 17-19 in San Diego, brought together health care leaders to discuss ways to transform the delivery system for better quality and value; improve alignment between providers, physicians and payers; and achieve greater clinical integration. The... read more

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

NIH launches Zika vaccine trial

AHA News

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Aug. 3 announced the launch of its first clinical trial of a Zika vaccine. The trial begins as the continental U.S. confronts its first Zika virus outbreak, centered in an area north of Miami, in which 15 people have been infected by local mosquitoes.

At least 80... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tag: Zika

CMS proposes bundled payment models for cardiac and hip fracture care

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday proposed a new payment model that would bundle payment to acute care hospitals for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services. The proposed rule also would expand the existing Comprehensive Care for Joint (CJR) Replacement model to include... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, bundled payment

Bill introduced to delay release of hospital star ratings

AHA News

Reps. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., yesterday introduced a bill to delay for at least one year the introduction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new hospital star ratings to ensure the ratings are fair and reliable.

The Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, rating systems

President signs legislation to address opioid epidemic

AHA News

President Obama July 22 signed into law the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 524, legislation designed to help stem the epidemic of opioid abuse through education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.

In a rare instance of consensus in Congress, the Senate July 13 voted 92-2 to approve... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: opioids

Leadership, culture, innovation makes Memorial Medical Center tops in quality

AHA News

Strong leadership, a culture that fosters continuous improvements in care and innovations that hold the promise of transforming clinical training and enhancing patient safety have earned Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, Ill., the 2016 AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize.

The AHA July 17 presented... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Community health, awards, culture of safety, patient and family engagement

CMS urged to examine 'serious flaws' in its star ratings system

AHA News

The AHA July 7 and three other national hospital groups called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to examine the “serious flaws” in the agency’s hospital quality “star ratings” methodology.

“Our continued review of the limited information available to us has raised serious questions... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: rating systems

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

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