IHI, NPSF to merge; propose 'public health framework' to advance patient safety

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and National Patient Safety Foundation yesterday announced plans to merge May 1. IHI President and CEO Derek Feeley will lead the combined organization and NPSF President and CEO Tejal Gandhi, M.D., its combined patient safety programs. As part of the announcement,... read more

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

AHA highlights Patient Safety Week events and resources

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March 12-18 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, observed annually to increase knowledge and interest about patient safety and engage health care professionals and the public. For more on the featured events and AHA resources to build a culture of safety, visit AHA.org/PSAW. For more on the week and how... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

Talk about patient safety

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March 12-18 is “Patient Safety Awareness Week,” when the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages hospitals and other health care organizations to host local activities promoting awareness of the need to continually improve patient safety and to involve the public in those improvement efforts.

This... read more

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

IRF and LTCH quality data preview reports available through March 30

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals can review their quality data through March 30 before it is reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. “Corrections to the underlying data will not be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

AHA HAVE Awards honor our volunteers

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For 34 years, the Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) have honored exceptional volunteer efforts that provide distinguished service to hospitals, patients and communities. Earlier today we announced our 2017 award recipients, who will be recognized May 8 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in... read more

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

Study: Many people treated with buprenorphine continue to receive other opioids

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Many people receiving buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction fill prescriptions for other opioids during or after treatment, according to a study by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, reported last week in the journal Addiction. The study looked at pharmacy claims for more than 38,000 new... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: opioids

CDC webinar March 16 on VTE prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a free webinar March 16 on strategies to prevent venous thromboembolism, also known as blood clots. Michael Streiff, M.D., will share lessons learned from the Johns Hopkins VTE Collaborative. To register for the 60-minute webinar, which begins at 2... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, prevention

AONE, HRET HIIN webinar March 14 on patient safety

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The AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives and Health Research & Educational Trust will host a March 14 webinar on “Partnering for Progress in Quality and Safety.” Participants will hear from two hospital nurse leaders that have used the HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network to improve... read more

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

CMS awards $100 million to help small practices with Quality Payment Program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today awarded 11 organizations about $20 million each to help individual and small group practices implement the clinician Quality Payment Program. The organizations will help eligible practices of 15 or fewer clinicians choose and report on quality measures... read more

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

AHRQ releases ICU mechanical ventilation safety toolkit

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released a toolkit to help hospital intensive care units prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia and other complications for patients on mechanical ventilation. The toolkit uses proven principles and methods from the agency’s Comprehensive Unit-based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

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