FDA alerts providers to cardiac device cybersecurity vulnerability, software patch

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St. Jude Medical is deploying a software update to a remote monitoring system used with its implantable pacemakers and defibrillator devices to reduce the risk of patient harm due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities, the Food and Drug Administration announced this week. The agency said health care providers... read more

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

Hospital Mergers Promote Value and Quality

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JAMA today published the report “How Would the Next President Ensure Competitiveness in the Health Care Marketplace?” which discusses consolidation. The drive to build a continuum of care that rewards value over volume is unlikely to abate because it’s what consumers demand. Building that continuum of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: consolidation

Reminder: Tomorrow last day to join HRET HIIN

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The deadline to join the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network is tomorrow, 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 by 20% and 30-day... read more

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

Study: Penalties in HAC program influenced by number of cases, bed size

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Performance in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital-acquired Conditions Reduction Program is heavily influenced by hospital size, according to a new study in the American Journal of Medical Quality. Researchers from the AHA, KNG Health Consulting, the Network for Excellence in Health... read more

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

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

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