Online tool now includes quality data for all VA medical centers

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The Department of Veterans Affairs yesterday expanded its access and quality tool to include certain inpatient quality data for every VA medical center. Released last month, the tool shows how VA medical centers compare with regional and national averages and non-VA hospitals in their area on certain... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, access

AHRQ reports continued gains in health care quality

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Health care quality is improving overall, especially in hospitals, and more people have health care coverage and a usual source of medical care since the Affordable Care Act took effect, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The report combines the agency’s annual... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Medicare, Coverage, equity, access

NIH research program to target health disparities in surgical outcomes

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The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, part of the National Institutes of Health, yesterday announced an initiative that will fund research on disparities in surgical care and outcomes for disadvantaged populations. The program will collaborate with NIH and the Agency for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, equity, access

New Report: Creating a Care Delivery System to Achieve the Triple Aim

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Hospitals and health care systems are striving to achieve the Triple Aim—improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations and reducing the cost of health care. To achieve these goals, hospital leaders are designing new care delivery systems. Adoption of these new systems can be... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage
Tags: quality care, patient safety, Triple Aim, access, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement, care coordination

Accelerating Equity

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Every patient expects and deserves the highest level of care. To successfully provide that care, and to improve the community’s overall health, hospitals must act to respond to our nation’s demographic shift. That’s why more than 700 hospitals have already signed onto the AHA’s #123for Equity Pledge to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: quality care, diversity, equity, access, workforce

Report: Health care quality continues to improve

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The nation has made clear progress in improving the health care delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending and healthier people, according to the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, released Friday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. But... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, child health, Coverage, equity, access, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

National Minority Health Month

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What progress is your hospital making in equity in care? April is a good time to ask because it’s National Minority Health Month,dedicated to raising awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect minority populations. Five years ago, the AHA joined several other national organizations in... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, diversity, equity, access, governance, leadership

Building the Future Together

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What does it mean to be a hospital in a rapidly transforming health care environment?  As hospitals move from fee-for-service to value-based payment models, they increasingly are focusing on improving quality, providing better coordinated care and working to achieve good health in the communities they... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, Coverage, Redefining the H, access

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