AHA announces new Quest for Quality Prize sponsor

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The AHA Quest for Quality Prize will be back in 2018 with a new sponsor – health care software designer RL Solutions. Presented annually since 2002 to recognize health care leadership and innovation in improving quality and advancing health in communities, the prize was on hiatus for 2017 while the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards

HRSA project recognizes top CAH quality reporting states

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The Health Resources and Services Administration today recognized 10 states whose critical access hospitals had the highest quality reporting rates and performance improvement under the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project during the past year: Wisconsin, Maine, Utah, Minnesota, Illinois and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals

Reminder: SNF quality data preview reports available

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Skilled nursing facilities can now preview their quality measure data for the SNF Quality Reporting Program in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last month. The Review and Correct reports contain quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Antibiotic stewardship resource for small, critical access hospitals available

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The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, in partnership with the AHA, Pew Charitable Trusts and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, today issued guidance to help small and critical access hospitals implement programs to improve antibiotic prescribing and use and reduce the threat of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, resource use

CMS releases 2018 OPPS/ASC proposed rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed to update hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.75% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also would drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. Specifically,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, quality, physicians, site neutral payment, Medicare, rural, Critical Access Hospitals, regulation, drug prices

CMS releases proposed 2018 physician payment rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its proposed rule for the physician fee schedule for calendar year 2018. CMS estimates a 0.31% increase in physician payment rates for 2018 compared to 2017, after applying a 0.5% payment increase required by the Medicare Access and CHIP... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, Medicare, regulation

CA, NJ, Ohio associations recognized for quality leadership

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California’s Hospital Quality Institute, a partnership between the California Hospital Association and the state’s three regional hospital associations, will receive the 2017 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership for its work to improve health care quality, AHA announced... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, leadership

Most Wired hospitals use technology to partner with patients on health

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The nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to make it easier for patients and health care providers to interact, according to results from the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released today by the AHA’s Health Forum subsidiary. Hospitals also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Telehealth

CDC: Opioid prescribing down since 2010, but varies widely

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The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States decreased each year between 2010 and 2015, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The amount of opioids prescribed per capita fell from a peak of 782 morphine milligram equivalents in 2010 to... read more

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

NAM collaborative calls for research to address clinician burnout

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The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, whose sponsors include the AHA, yesterday issued a discussion paper calling for research to identify the organizational and health system factors that place physicians, nurses and other health care professionals... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, workforce

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