AHA's HRET, others receive contracts to continue HAC, readmissions progress

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Sept. 29 awarded $347 million in contracts to 16 organizations, including the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), to continue efforts to reduce hospital- acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program.

The Hospital Improvement... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, QIO, Partnership for Patients, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks, culture of safety, hospital-acquired conditions

AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 improves hospital care, saves nearly $300 million

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Hospitals continue to improve patient care, according to results from the second round of the AHA/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative.

The HRET HEN initiative marked a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, Partnership for Patients, Hospital Engagement Networks, hospital-acquired conditions

AHA's new quality leader seeks to raise field's quality and safety bar

AHA News

Jay Bhatt, D.O., is excited about leading the AHA’s quality agenda at “an extraordinary time in American health care.”

“We have an opportunity to drastically improve health and health care in America,” says Bhatt, who joins the AHA on Sept. 26. “We can fundamentally reshape delivery, payment, workforce... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, Hospital Engagement Networks, population health, culture of safety

CMS accepting proposals for Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a request for proposals for Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, which will commit to new goals to improve patient safety in 10 areas and reduce readmissions. “The HIINs, which will be part of the Quality Improvement Organization initiative,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Hospital Engagement Networks

Shining the Spotlight on Patient Safety

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This week, health care organizations and patient groups across the country are engaging in activities for Patient Safety Awareness Week, under the banner of United for Patient Safety. This is the week where we recognize all the progress hospitals and health systems have made to keep patients, but we also... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, safety, Hospital Engagement Networks, culture of safety, patient and family engagement

Pride and Progress

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The progress hospitals are making to improve patient care was featured in a recent New York Times blog on fixing difficult problems. The piece highlights the work of hospitals across the country to reduce preventable infections arising from surgeries, pressure ulcers, blood clots and other sources. The... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Hospital Engagement Networks, hospital-acquired conditions

Progress to Celebrate

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Saving an estimated 50,000 lives and $12 billion in health care costs is something to celebrate.  Congratulations to the 3,700 acute-care hospitals that have participated in one of the Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) that are part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, readmissions, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks, patient and family engagement

Indiana hospitals improve care, save $22.3 million

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Indiana hospitals participating in the Health Research & Educational Trust’s Hospital Engagement Network improved care for patients while saving an estimated $22.3 million in health care costs over three years, the Indiana Hospital Association reported Friday. Among other improvements, the 116 ... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Partnership for Patients, patient safety, early elective delivery, readmissions, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks, diversity

Florida HEN improves care for 27,500 patients, saves $170 million

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Hospitals participating in the Florida Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network improved care for more than 27,500 patients over three years, avoiding an estimated $170 million in health care costs, the association reported this week. Among other improvements, the 77 hospitals prevented 15,072... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks, hospital-acquired conditions

CMS accepting proposals for HEN contracts

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a request for proposals for the second round of Hospital Engagement Network contracts. The HEN work, which is part of the Partnership for Patients initiative, will “continue this important work of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks

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