Commission aligns ORYX eCQM requirements with final inpatient rule

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Acute-care hospitals will be required to report on at least four, rather than six, self-selected electronic clinical quality measures for ORYX performance measure reporting in calendar year 2017, the Joint Commission announced today. The change aligns with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: quality

CDC: Antidepressant use up 65% over 15 years

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Antidepressant use by Americans aged 12 and older increased 65% between 1999 and 2014, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly 13% of Americans reported taking antidepressants in the previous month when surveyed between 2011 and 2014, up from 7.7%... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: Behavioral health

Reminder: AHA two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on implementing MACRA

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The AHA will host a two-part webinar Aug. 17 and 31 on how one health system is working with clinicians to prepare for the new Medicare payment system for clinicians under the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act. The webinar, featuring leaders from Providence St. Joseph’s Health, is the first in a... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, Medicare, nurses

Apply for Quest for Quality Prize

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After a one-year hiatus the AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, updated to reflect the hospital and health system field’s broader emphasis on quality and improving health status. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018 prize,... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality, awards

Caregivers Shine a Light in the Darkness

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By Nancy Agee

Once again, our nation has been touched by senseless violence… this time in Charlottesville, VA. While my heart was heavy as I watched the images of the scenes unfolding there this weekend, I was inspired by the way members of the hospital family – and my fellow Virginians – rushed in to... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: preparedness

President signs Veterans Choice appropriations bill

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President Trump Saturday signed into law legislation providing $2.1 billion in funding to continue the Veterans Choice Program. Authorized under the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 and extended in April, the Department of Veterans Affairs program allows some veterans to receive... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: rural, access

FDA alerts providers to expanded recall of PharmaTech products

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Rugby Laboratories, Major Pharmaceuticals and Leader Brands have recalled all liquid drug and dietary supplement products manufactured by PharmaTech LLC due to potential contamination with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, the Food and Drug Administration announced Friday. According to the Centers for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

CMS issues guidance on virtual credit cards, transaction fees

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently issued several Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act FAQs on virtual credit cards and electronic fund transfer fees. According to the FAQs, a health plan cannot require a provider to accept virtual credit card payments. A provider has the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, HIPAA

CDC issues national, state-level data on epilepsy

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An estimated 1.2% of Americans, including 3 million adults and 470,000 children, had active epilepsy in 2015, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 2.3 million adults in 2010 and 450,000 children in 2007, CDC said. Total estimates by state ranged... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tag: population health

Applications are open for AHA's 2018 Quest for Quality Prize

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Hospitals and health systems can submit applications through Oct. 1 for the AHA’s 2018 Quest for Quality Prize. 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 association... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tag: awards

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