November is National Diabetes Month

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November is National Diabetes Month, and all kinds of events are planned on the local and national levels to bring attention to the burgeoning epidemic. Hospitals and health systems are working with their communities to sponsor screenings, informational sessions, fund-raising walks and healthy-living... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: population health, Community health, chronic conditions

How to improve care for high-need, high-cost patients

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A new AHA issue brief offers resources and strategies to improve care for “high-need, high-cost patients” – adults who have three or more chronic diseases and functional limitations in their ability to care for themselves or perform routine daily tasks. Access the resource at www.aha.org/hnhc.

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, chronic conditions

Web resource compiles promising practices for patients with complex needs

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Five health care foundations today released an online resource on promising approaches to improving health outcomes for patients with complex medical, behavioral and social needs. The John A. Hartford Foundation, Peterson Center on Healthcare, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The SCAN Foundation, and The... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: socioeconomic status, Behavioral health, chronic conditions

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

CMS project seeks innovative hospital quality practices to share nationwide

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services invites hospitals to submit innovative quality improvement practices to its Strategic Innovation Engine, which will evaluate them for possible dissemination across the nation. Targeted improvements include managing patients with multiple chronic conditions;... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Behavioral health, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

The Joint Commission seeks to clarify 'misperceptions' of its pain standards

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The Joint Commission’s pain standards are unfairly blamed for the current prescription opioid epidemic because of “misperceptions” of what it requires hospitals and other accredited institutions to do, says David Baker, M.D., The Joint Commission’s executive vice president for health care quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, measurement, Program Integrity, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, advanced illness care

Crouse Hospital puts RTs at the center of COPD care

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Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., is changing the way it cares for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients by giving respiratory therapists (RT) a much bigger role in their care.

The hospital in November began phasing in its “Lung Partners” program that puts RTs at the forefront of its... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

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