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

CDC issues final opioid prescribing guidelines for adults with chronic pain

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today finalized its guidance for primary care physicians prescribing opioids to adults for chronic pain in outpatient settings. The voluntary guidelines summarize scientific knowledge about the effectiveness and risks of long-term opioid therapy, and provide... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, patient safety, physicians, opioids

AHA report examines trends in post-acute care and innovations

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A recently released AHA TrendWatch report offers guidance to post-acute care (PAC) providers and their partners as they evaluate new models of care delivery and payment.

“These providers face an increasingly complex regulatory and market environment as health care transforms from a system that rewards... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, Medicare, Community health, care coordination, home health

CMS model aims to increase access to health-related social services

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Hospitals and health systems, health care practices, community-based organizations and others can apply until March 31 to participate in a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation model that will test whether access to health-related social services reduces health care costs and use of inpatient... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, socioeconomic status, Medicare, Community health, Medicaid, care coordination

Equity expert says field can end disparities

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Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, a 2014 AHA Equity of Care Award recipient, is working to ensure that all its patients receive high-quality care, and that the organization reflects the community it serves. The hospital’s Disparities Solutions Center (DSC) offers tools and resources to help... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality care, quality, population health, equity, patient and family engagement

Hospitals encouraged to complete survey on care transitions

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and University of Kentucky are looking for 300 more hospitals to complete their survey on hospital efforts to improve care transitions, part of Project ACHIEVE. The AHA and its Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate encourage hospitals to complete... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, care coordination

AHA, APIC Twitter chat Oct. 21 on preventing infections

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The AHA and Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology will host a Twitter chat Oct. 21 on the important roles patients, families and health care professionals play in preventing infections. Topics will include hand hygiene, flu vaccination and antibiotic resistance. Join the 12... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, patient and family engagement, prevention

Hospitals Take Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities

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To meet the changing needs of their communities, hospitals and health systems are working hard to make sure that every individual receives the highest quality of care. To achieve that goal as our nation becomes increasingly diverse, it is imperative that we redouble our efforts to identify and eliminate... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, diversity, equity, leadership, workforce

AHA infographic contrasts hospital partnerships, insurance deals

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A new AHA infographic highlights how hospitals are working together and with physicians and other community partners to provide patients with convenient, high- quality and affordable care. “Even in the midst of such profound transformation, the growth in hospital prices is a historically low levels,” it... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, physicians, consolidation, Community health, Coverage, access, clinical integration, care coordination

Hospital star rating system comment deadline approaching

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting comments through Sept. 14 on its proposed star rating system for overall hospital-level quality. CMS recently added star ratings for patient experience survey measures to Hospital Compare, and plans to add overall star ratings to the website... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality care, patient safety, culture of safety

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