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

Hospital-acquired conditions fall 21% over five years

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Hospital-acquired conditions declined by 21% (3.1 million) between 2010 and 2015, saving an estimated 125,000 lives and $28 billion in health care costs, according to results reported today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Central line-associated bloodstream infections fell by 91%;... read more

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

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

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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

Battling Health Care-Associated Infections

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Today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Vital Signs report shines a spotlight on Health care-Associated Infections and what can be done to prevent them. Hospitals are working hard to eliminate infections and keep patients safe. And while we are making progress, our ultimate goal is to get... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, hospital-acquired conditions

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

Getting to Zero

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Progress is encouraging; continuous progress promises a better future. Between 2010 and 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 87,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and almost $20 billion in health care costs were saved because of patient safety efforts in hospitals. That... read more

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

AHA, CDC project to help hospitals implement infection prevention measures

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced a three-year initiative to improve the implementation of infection prevention and control efforts in U.S. hospitals. The project will work with state hospital associations, state... read more

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

Evidence-based care, changing culture enhances patient safety

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By Jennifer Towne
 
Patient safety and quality initiatives in a hospital unit are one thing. Developing a system-wide approach to improving patient safety is a whole other thing. 
 
Leaders at Cherry Hill, N.J.-based Kennedy Health set about to do just that – decrease hospital-acquired sepsis rates by... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, culture of safety, hospital-acquired conditions

CMS re-issues FY 2016 HAC penalty preview reports; corrections due Oct. 21

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday re-issued hospital-specific reports to all hospitals in the fiscal year 2016 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program to correct inaccuracies in the surgical site infection measure scores. The revised reports also include updated domain 2 and... read more

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

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