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More than 1,000 creative minds will come together at the fourth annual Spotlight Health to discuss the cutting-edge health issues of our time. Spotlight Health is the opening segment of the annual Aspen Ideas Festival and takes place June 22-25 in Aspen, Colo.

Spotlight Health’s deep dive along the... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, population health, Community health, leadership, members

Study: Hospitals in VBP program did not improve more than other hospitals

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The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program did not result in meaningful improvements in clinical process or patient experience measures during its first four years, because performance improved similarly for hospitals not exposed to the program, according to a study reported last week in the New England... read more

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

Quest for Quality Prize returns to recognize stellar examples in the field

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The AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, and its sponsors say the new application and prize criteria are better calibrated to the transformation taking place in America’s health care. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement

Top-performing CMS project touted for curbing 30-day readmissions

AHA News

Sun Health in Surprise, Ariz., knows what it takes to prevent Medicare patients from returning to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.

The health care organization had the lowest 30-day readmission rates of all participants in a recently concluded five-year federally funded demonstration... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: readmissions, population health, Medicare

Hospital Compare overall star ratings will not be updated in July

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not update the overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare in July as scheduled due to data issues with three of the measures included in the safety group score, according to a QualityNet notice yesterday. CMS is working to correct data for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Study: Interventions to reduce readmissions working; cost savings vary

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Efforts to reduce hospital readmissions are working, but they don’t always save money, according to a review of 50 quality improvement studies published yesterday by JAMA Internal Medicine. The quality improvement interventions examined reduced readmissions by an average 12.1% for heart failure patients... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: readmissions

Reminder: Nominations for AHE Heart of Healthcare Award due June 9

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The AHA’s Association for the Healthcare Environment is accepting nominations through June 9 for its Heart of Healthcare Award, which recognizes outstanding environmental services technicians for their efforts to keep patients safe and infection free. Recipients will be honored at AHE’s EXCHANGE 2017... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: awards, workforce

USDA announces recall of frozen entrees shipped to institutions in six states

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Golden Gourmet has recalled frozen waffle with turkey sausage entrees that were distributed to institutions in six states because the items may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday. The 5,248 pounds of recalled products bear establishment... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

HRET infographic highlights 2016 achievements

AHA News Now

The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate has released a snapshot of 2016 achievements from its work with national, state and regional partners to advance health in America through high-reliability organizations, emerging models of care, population health and team-based care. For more on... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, population health, Community health

CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant fungus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday reported 77 cases in the past year of the emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus Candida auris, most in chronically ill patients with long stays at high-acuity skilled nursing facilities. All but eight of the cases were in the New York City... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, prevention

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