Calvert Cares aims to empower patients

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The path to lower readmissions lies in patient support, as an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are demonstrating. They build medical and social services that keep their most challenging populations from bouncing back to the emergency department or to an inpatient stay after discharge.

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Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, population health, care coordination

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Katie Mockaitis

Hospitals have made impressive strides in improving care in the inpatient setting and are applying those lessons to outpatient care.

Funded through a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust... read more

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

Talk about patient safety

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March 12-18 is “Patient Safety Awareness Week,” when the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages hospitals and other health care organizations to host local activities promoting awareness of the need to continually improve patient safety and to involve the public in those improvement efforts.

This... read more

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

CDC webinar March 16 on VTE prevention

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a free webinar March 16 on strategies to prevent venous thromboembolism, also known as blood clots. Michael Streiff, M.D., will share lessons learned from the Johns Hopkins VTE Collaborative. To register for the 60-minute webinar, which begins at 2... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, prevention

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

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

CDC project reports public health achievements, including HAI reductions

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday released a final report on a Winnable Battles project, launched in 2010 to achieve certain public health targets. As of 2014, the results include a 50% decrease in central line-associated bloodstream infections in acute-care hospitals; 36% decrease... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

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

AHA News

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

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

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