What the HAC is going on?

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The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, or HAC program, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS), is broken. In yesterday’s American Journal of Medical Quality, the AHA and our research partners at KNG Health Consulting, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and the... read more

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

Dec. 22 deadline to join HRET HIIN

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The deadline to join the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network has been extended to Thursday, Dec. 22. To date, more than 30 state partners and 1,550 hospitals have committed to the HRET HIIN. The HIINs will work to reduce overall hospital-acquired conditions... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, readmissions, HENs

CDC issues resources to help clinicians apply opioid prescribing guidelines

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released a suite of resources, including a mobile app and video series, to help clinicians apply its opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain. The free mobile app, currently available in Google Play and in the Apple Store early... read more

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

CDC Launches Opioid Prescribing Guideline Resources for Providers

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This week, the CDC launched a suite of new opioid prescribing guideline resources for providers, including a mobile app and video series. This is a follow-up to their CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, launched last spring, to encourage safer and more effective pain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, physician issues, Behavioral health, opioids

Clinician Well-being and Resilience

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The rapid pace of change in health care, from delivery redesign to risk-based payment models to increased data reporting and interoperability, has clinician attention divided among many competing priorities and challenged to meet changing requirements while improving care delivery for a more diverse... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physician issues, physicians, culture of safety, leadership, nurses, workforce

CMS launches quality data websites for LTCHs, IRFs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today unveiled two consumer-facing websites that provide quality data on long-term care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. The LTCH Compare and IRF Compare websites include performance data drawn from the LTCH and IRF quality reporting programs,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Hospital-acquired conditions fall 21% over five years

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Hospital-acquired conditions declined by 21% (3.1 million) between 2010 and 2015, saving an estimated 125,000 lives and $28 billion in health care costs, according to results reported today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Central line-associated bloodstream infections fell by 91%;... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

AHA to help develop, test new care model for older adults

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement will work with the AHA and others to develop and test a prototype to transform care for older adults. Using a $3.19 million grant from the John A. Hartford Foundation, IHI and AHA will develop and test the Age-Friendly Health Systems prototype with four health... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Web resource compiles promising practices for patients with complex needs

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Five health care foundations today released an online resource on promising approaches to improving health outcomes for patients with complex medical, behavioral and social needs. The John A. Hartford Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, and The... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: socioeconomic status, Behavioral health, chronic conditions

CDC project reports public health achievements, including HAI reductions

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday released a final report on a Winnable Battles project, launched in 2010 to achieve certain public health targets. As of 2014, the results include a 50% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections in acute-care hospitals; 36% decrease... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

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