Amplifying Quality Improvement

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The buzzword these days in quality improvement is “HIIN.” That’s short for Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, part of the continuation of the Partnership for Patients program. It succeeds the recently concluded Hospital Engagement Networks and will work to reduce overall hospital-acquired... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Partnership for Patients, patient safety, HENs, culture of safety, chronic conditions

Continuing the Patient Safety Journey

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As the new president and CEO of AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), I am thrilled that HRET has been selected as one of 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, QIO, quality, Partnership for Patients, patient safety, readmissions, safety, HENs

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

Working Together for Safer, Smarter and Better Care

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A powerful example of hospital collaboration for better patient care is what we were able to accomplish through the Hospital Engagement Network, or HEN, part of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative. The AHA-affiliated Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) administers the largest HEN.  Over... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, Partnership for Patients, patient safety

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

AHA News

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

Field unity is key to success in challenging times, says AHA Chairman Jim Skogsbergh

AHA News

Field unity. It’s the key to success in a tough legislative and regulatory environment, says AHA Chairman Jim Skogsbergh.

He says unity is essential, whether in fighting legislative proposals to cut hospitals’ Medicare and Medicaid funding or in taking on policies that drown hospitals in paperwork and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, Partnership for Patients, Community health, Redefining the H, governance

AHRQ: HACs declined 17% from 2010 to 2014

AHA News Now

Hospitals are making “substantial progress in improving safety,” according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that found a 17% decline in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014. That translates to 87,000 lives saved and nearly $20 billion in health care costs... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality, Partnership for Patients, patient safety

Partnering for Success

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Health care is a team sport, requiring the best efforts and cooperation among its many players. That is why the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association collaborated for more than two years on some guiding principles for reimagining the traditional relationships between... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, quality, Partnership for Patients, leadership

Hospice linked to fewer depressive symptoms for surviving spouses

AHA News Now

Spouses of patients receiving hospice for three or more days more frequently reported reduced depression symptoms than surviving spouses of patients who did not receive hospice, according to a study published online today by JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,000 deceased... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Partnership for Patients, hospice

Indiana hospitals improve care, save $22.3 million

AHA News Now

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

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