FDA warns of reaction to skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday warned that products containing chlorhexidine gluconate can cause rare but serious allergic reactions. “Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years,” the agency said. As a result,... read more

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

AHRQ provides informed consent training modules for health care professionals

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a training resource for hospital leaders that provides guidance on developing informed consent policies and securing organizational support for best practices in informed consent. In addition, the agency has released a training resource for... read more

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

AHA issues resource for engaging hospital volunteers to support the Triple Aim

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The AHA and its Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals today released a guide to help hospitals and health systems develop strategic volunteer services to support the Triple Aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Triple Aim

Reminder: Hospital associations invited to apply for AHA quality leadership award

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The AHA invites applications through Jan. 27 for the 2017 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership. Named after AHA President Emeritus Dick Davidson, the annual award honors a state, regional or metropolitan hospital association that demonstrates exceptional organizational... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards

CMS announces new alternative payment model participants

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More than 359,000 clinicians have agreed to participate in four alternative payment models in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program grew by a net 47 to 480, including 26 Track 3 ACOs waived from the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, ACO

Study: ACO-affiliated hospitals reduce rehospitalizations from SNFs faster

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Hospitals participating in Medicare accountable care organizations reduced rehospitalizations from skilled nursing facilities faster than other hospitals after the program was initiated, according to a study published last week in Health Affairs. The study compared rehospitalization rates between 2007 and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, ACO

NQF announces new president and CEO

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The National Quality Forum today named as its president and CEO effective Jan. 30 Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., former deputy administrator and director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Center for Program Integrity. “I am honored to lead NQF during this exciting and pivotal time,” Agrawal said.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, leadership

CDC: Kidney failure from diabetes down 54% among American Indians

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The rate of diabetes-related kidney failure decreased 54% among Native American adults between 1996 and 2013 to match the rate for whites, according to a Vital Signs report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates for other racial/ethnic groups also decreased during the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: population health, prevention

Study: Hospital VBP program not driving meaningful improvement in patient experience

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Medicare’s Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program has not accelerated the improvement of patient experience beyond previous trends, according to a study reported this week in Health Affairs. “Instead, we found that the rate of improvements in patient experience has slowed since the program was... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing

FDA issues MRI safety recommendations for patients with implantable infusion pumps

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The Food and Drug Administration today alerted health care providers and patients to safety concerns with the use of implantable infusion pumps in the magnetic resonance imaging environment, citing reports of serious adverse events. Implantable infusion pumps are surgically implanted under the skin,... read more

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

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