Most Wired hospitals use technology to partner with patients on health

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The nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals are using smart phones, telehealth and remote monitoring to make it easier for patients and health care providers to interact, according to results from the 19th annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released today by the AHA’s Health Forum subsidiary. Hospitals also... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, EHRs, Telehealth

CDC: Opioid prescribing down since 2010, but varies widely

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The amount of opioids prescribed in the United States decreased each year between 2010 and 2015, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The amount of opioids prescribed per capita fell from a peak of 782 morphine milligram equivalents in 2010 to... read more

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

NAM collaborative calls for research to address clinician burnout

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The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, whose sponsors include the AHA, yesterday issued a discussion paper calling for research to identify the organizational and health system factors that place physicians, nurses and other health care professionals... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses, workforce

Study: Common antibiotics help small MRSA infections heal

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Two common antibiotics can help hospital outpatients heal from small skin infections involving Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, according to a study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine. Funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the study found... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

AHA urges CMS to re-evaluate 'arbitrary access restrictions' for IRF patients

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AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to address problems with the “60% Rule” for inpatient rehabilitation facilities, especially the policy’s “arbitrary access restrictions” for patients with diagnoses outside of the 13 qualifying conditions. Commenting on the agency’s proposed... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation

AHA comments on proposed rule for skilled nursing facilities

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The AHA today submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposed rule for the skilled nursing facility prospective payment system for fiscal year 2018. In the letter, Ashley Thompson, AHA senior vice president of public policy analysis and development, urged CMS to delay... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing, Medicare, regulation

SNF quality data preview reports available

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Skilled nursing facilities can now preview their quality measure data for the SNF Quality Reporting Program in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The Review and Correct reports contain quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, Medicare

Spotlight Health is the big event in health care

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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

AHA recommends certain changes to inpatient PPS rule, including DSH provisions

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The AHA supports a number of provisions in the inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2018, but has concerns about certain proposed changes related to disproportionate share hospital payments, the documentation and coding reduction, and quality programs, AHA Executive Vice... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation, uncompensated care

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