AHA Stat: Ambulatory care next frontier in patient and family engagement

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate was recently awarded a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to work with experts in ambulatory care, patient and family engagement and care transitions to create a toolkit specific to the ambulatory care setting, HRET... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient and family engagement

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

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While acute-care hospitals across the country work diligently to improve care and reduce adverse events, what about the outpatient setting? What happens to the patient who is transitioned from one setting to another and has multiple chronic conditions? Is the patient and his or her family engaged in... read more

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

Baldrige names two health care organizations as 2016 National Quality Award recipients

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Each morning Memorial Hermann Sugar Land (Texas) Hospital managers and directors participate in a safety huddle to address any operations concerns or anticipated issues.

It’s part of an organizational culture that fosters workforce engagement, open communication and high performance, and it has helped... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality, patient safety, awards, culture of safety

Sixth annual MAP review of potential Medicare quality measures underway

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The Measure Applications Partnership today published a list of 97 measures under consideration for use in hospital and other Medicare public reporting and payment programs, including about 20 measures for potential use in the hospital inpatient and outpatient quality reporting programs. The... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: measurement

Study: Palliative care associated with improvements in patient quality of life

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Palliative care services are associated with statistically and clinically significant improvements in measures of patient quality of life and symptom burden, according to a study in today’s JAMA. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh identified 43 randomized clinical trials of palliative care... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Study examines ED visits related to adverse drug events

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Four of every 1,000 emergency department visits were related to adverse drug events, according to a study in today’s issue of JAMA. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention examined nationally representative data from 58 U.S. EDs participating in the National Electronic Injury... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, emergency care

HHS to launch buprenorphine training for nurse practitioners, physician assistants

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Nurse practitioners and physician assistants can begin the 24 hours of required training to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders, the Department of Health and Human Services announced this week. HHS’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

CDC: Cancer poised to surpass heart disease as leading cause of death

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Cancer will overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death in the U.S. by 2020 if trends continue, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Using mortality data, population estimates and population projections, CDC researchers predicted age-standardized death... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

CDC: Potentially preventable deaths from unintentional injuries up 23%

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While the number of potentially preventable deaths in the U.S. declined overall from 2010 to 2014, potentially preventable deaths from unintentional injuries increased 23%, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rise was largely driven by deaths related to drug... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

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This week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been shining a light on antibiotic resistance through their Get Smart about Antibiotics Week campaign. We have been pleased to take part in activities marking the week, which culminated with a global Twitter Chat today. You can join the... read more

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

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