CDC: Disparity between black and white death rates declining

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The age-adjusted death rate declined 25% for black Americans and 14% for white Americans between 1999 and 2015, reducing the overall disparity between black and white death rates from 33% to 16%, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among specific... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, population health

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.

A... read more

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

CDC: Kidney failure from diabetes down 54% among American Indians

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The rate of diabetes-related kidney failure decreased 54% among Native American adults between 1996 and 2013 to match the rate for whites, according to a Vital Signs report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates for other racial/ethnic groups also decreased during the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: population health, prevention

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

AHA accepting applications for Health Care Transformation Fellowship

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Hospital and health system leaders are invited to apply through June 1 for the AHA’s Health Care System Transformation Fellowship. The nine-month program is designed to give senior health care leaders knowledge, tools and connections to transform their organizations for success in a rapidly evolving... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: value-based purchasing, population health, leadership

Equity expert says field can end disparities

AHA News

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

#123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign

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Click here to view a video message from AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack and AHA Chair-elect Designate Gene Woods, president and chief operating officer of Christus Health, on the #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign to eliminate health care disparities.

The AHA is urging every hospital to commit to... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Access and Coverage, Community Health
Tags: quality care, population health, Community health, equity, patient and family engagement

Hospitals pledge to eliminate health care disparities

AHA News

More than 700 hospitals have signed onto the AHA’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act Campaign to eliminate health care disparities, the association recently announced.

In addition, the AHA noted that a number of partner organizations have endorsed the campaign, first announced at July’s Health Forum-AHA... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy, Community Health
Tags: socioeconomic status, population health, Community health, leadership, members, patient and family engagement

NIH: More than one in 10 adults report chronic pain

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An estimated 25.3 million adults (11.2%) suffer from daily pain, according to a new analysis of data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. More than half of adults (56%) reported some pain in the three months before the survey. Adults in the two most severe pain groups were likely to have worse... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physician issues, population health

AHRQ regional cooperatives to promote heart healthy primary care

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality yesterday awarded $112 million to create seven regional cooperatives to help up to 300 small primary care practices improve heart health for patients. The EvidenceNOW initiative will help the practices incorporate key evidence-based interventions to reduce... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, physicians, population health

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