CMS issues 2018 Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plan star ratings

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week published its star ratings for 2018 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Approximately 44% of MA plans that offer prescription drug coverage will have an overall rating of four stars or higher in 2018, and about 52% of stand-alone... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, rating systems, Medicare

Continuously improving care

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Looking for more evidence of the stellar work being done in health care across the country? You’ll find it in the latest annual report on health care quality and disparities from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The AHA has worked closely with AHRQ on a number of safety and... read more

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

Quest for Quality Prize returns to recognize stellar examples in the field

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The AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, and its sponsors say the new application and prize criteria are better calibrated to the transformation taking place in America’s health care. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement

Focusing on Teamwork and Communication to Improve Patient Safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N.

Patient safety experts agree that communication and teamwork skills are essential for providing quality health care.  When all clinical and nonclinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors,... read more

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

AHRQ provides informed consent training modules for health care professionals

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a training resource for hospital leaders that provides guidance on developing informed consent policies and securing organizational support for best practices in informed consent. In addition, the agency has released a training resource for... read more

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

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

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

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

AHA shares public policy priorities with President-elect Trump

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The AHA today shared with President-elect Trump its public policy priorities for the new administration. “In today’s transformative and challenging environment, we are proud of the contributions of America’s hospitals and health systems, and are encouraged by the opportunities to lead our health care... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, Coverage, access

Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities

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In a report released today, an AHA task force unveiled a set of nine strategies for maintaining access to health care services in vulnerable communities. Comprised of 29 hospital and health system leaders and state hospital association CEOs, the task force held meetings, heard from policymakers and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, population health, Community benefit, Community health, Redefining the H, access, care coordination, prevention

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