Come to the AHA Leadership Summit

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The strategies that are empowering health care leaders to drive the transformation of America’s health care will take center stage July 27-29 at the 25th annual AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego.

This year’s meeting will explore opportunities for advancing care coordination and quality and patient... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, value-based purchasing, population health, Community health, awards, leadership, members, care coordination

AHA's new quality leader seeks to raise field's quality and safety bar

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Jay Bhatt, D.O., is excited about leading the AHA’s quality agenda at “an extraordinary time in American health care.”

“We have an opportunity to drastically improve health and health care in America,” says Bhatt, who joins the AHA on Sept. 26. “We can fundamentally reshape delivery, payment, workforce... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, Hospital Engagement Networks, population health, culture of safety

Hospital Leaders on the Hill

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Today, hundreds of hospital leaders are reaching out to their members of Congress to talk about the challenges facing their patients and communities.

What are the issues facing hospitals and health systems today? Recent developments regarding the so-called site-neutral payment provisions included in the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, patient safety, readmissions, site neutral payment, advocacy

CDC report highlights provider, patient opportunities to prevent sepsis

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Health care providers are key to preventing, recognizing and rapidly treating sepsis, since seven in 10 patients who develop sepsis recently interacted with a health care provider or are likely to due to a chronic condition, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physicians, nurses, prevention

AHA issues compendium of appropriate use toolkits

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The AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum and Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative today released a compendium of their toolkits to help hospital leaders, clinicians and patients examine the appropriate use of medical resources in five key areas: blood management, antimicrobial stewardship, ambulatory... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physicians, resource use

Bill introduced to delay release of hospital star ratings

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Reps. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., yesterday introduced a bill to delay for at least one year the introduction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new hospital star ratings to ensure the ratings are fair and reliable.

The Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, rating systems

Partnership to transform clinical training selects hospital/medical school participants

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Six hospitals and two medical schools have been selected to participate in a four-year initiative, in partnership with the AHA and others, to transform clinical training for residents and physicians who pursue formal specialty and subspecialty training, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues

CMS announces $10 million to help practices move to alternative payment models

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced up to $10 million in grants for organizations to help clinicians improve patient outcomes and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollees through the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative. Recipients... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physicians, Medicare, Medicaid

Physician leader to retire from AHA in October

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John Combes, M.D., AHA’s chief medical officer and senior vice president and president of its Center for Healthcare Governance, will retire in October after almost 12 years leading the association’s governance and physician leadership efforts. Combes also has spearheaded the association’s Physician... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, physician issues, governance, leadership

Hospitals reduce catheter-associated infections in non-ICUs by 32%

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Hospitals participating in the first four cohorts of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality program led by the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 32% in non-intensive care units between March 2011 and November 2013, according... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, prevention

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