Crouse Hospital puts RTs at the center of COPD care

AHA News

Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., is changing the way it cares for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients by giving respiratory therapists (RT) a much bigger role in their care.

The hospital in November began phasing in its “Lung Partners” program that puts RTs at the forefront of its... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

Reminder: Applications due April 8 for AHA/AMGA fellowship to foster integrated care

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The AHA and AMGA are offering a new fellowship to help member hospitals and health systems with employed physicians move to a more integrated system of care to manage population health and succeed in new physician payment models coming in 2019 under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. The... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, population health, Medicare, care coordination

Improving Transitions from the Hospital to Home

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A recent blog post for the New York Times highlights the important role caregivers have at discharge – the time of transition from hospital care to care at home and beyond.

In an effort to strengthen care transitions, the AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), through a grant from the Gordon... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, readmissions, Community health, patient and family engagement, care coordination, home health

Fellowship for Creating Clinically Integrated Health-System Based Medical Groups

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The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) members are invited to apply for a learning fellowship on managing population health and succeeding in the new physician payment models that take effect in 2019, also known as Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physician issues, physicians, leadership, care coordination

Complex Care Found at Facilities Affiliated with Hospitals and Health Systems

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A recent study that claims cancer care is more expensive because hospitals are employing more physicians is misleading and does not consider all of the facts. 

The study had several problematic areas. While it accounts for changes in the general rate of inflation, there is no indication that the authors... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: mergers, site neutral payment, price, care coordination

New resource available to help hospitals improve behavioral health

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Improving behavioral health is one of the top priorities for hospitals and the communities they serve.  A new guide from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence outlines how hospitals and health systems can address the challenges of integrating physical health with behavioral health, enhance... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: population health, Community health, Mental health, Behavioral health, clinical integration, care coordination

AHA urges Congress to remove legal barriers to value-based payment arrangements

AHA News

Congress should adopt a single broad exception to federal fraud and abuse laws for financial relationships designed to foster collaboration, efficiencies and improvements in health care, the AHA last week told leaders of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees.

In a Jan. 29 letter to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: advocacy, administrative simplification, clinical integration, care coordination, antitrust

Elderly get a little help with their health from HeartWell nurses

AHA News

Suburban Hospital registered nurse Leni Barry is always looking for new recruits to “wellness Wednesdays” at the Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center in Montgomery County, Md. Take, for example, the elderly gentlemen who gather around the center’s “pool hall” lounge.

Barry is at the center every Wednesday... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: Community health, Community Connections, chronic conditions, care coordination

New Report: Creating a Care Delivery System to Achieve the Triple Aim

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Hospitals and health care systems are striving to achieve the Triple Aim—improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations and reducing the cost of health care. To achieve these goals, hospital leaders are designing new care delivery systems. Adoption of these new systems can be... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Triple Aim, access, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement, care coordination

Better Care Coordination

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Our fragmented health care system is rapidly transforming into a more integrated delivery system where providers need to work together more closely to provide the best and most appropriate care. An important part of the equation is post-acute care providers. Emerging innovations in post-acute care... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, care coordination, bundled payment

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