Study looks at lessons learned from nursing home CAUTI project

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Participants in a national collaborative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in nursing homes say the project empowered them to work with physicians and other team members to implement evidence-based practices to prevent and control infections, despite occasional challenges with staff... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, prevention

IRFs and LTCHs can review quality data through Jan. 3

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Inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals have until Jan. 3 to review their quality data before it is publicly reported on the IRF Compare and LTCH Compare websites in March 2018. Providers also have until Jan. 3 to request a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services review if they... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Study: Medicaid expansion helped health for chronically ill adults

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The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion was associated with improvements in mental health and access to care among low-income adults with chronic conditions, according to a study published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. The study, which used an analytical framework to assess... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Medicaid

AHA issues guide on emerging strategy for virtual care

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The AHA today released a one-page guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement virtual care strategies or telehealth. These strategies would allow hospitals to help maintain or supplement access to health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities that... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Telehealth

FDA poster summarizes mattress cover safety recommendations

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Health care facilities can download a new Food and Drug Administration poster summarizing the agency’s 2013 recommendations to prevent infection risks associated with damaged or worn hospital bed mattress covers. Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for environmental infection... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, safety, prevention

HRSA awards $285 million to children's hospitals through CHGME program

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The Health Resources and Services Administration this week awarded $285 million to 58 children’s hospitals through its Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education payment program in fiscal year 2017. “CHGME funding enables hospitals to train pediatric residents to meet the needs of our youngest... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: graduate medical education

'Take Back Day' can help patients safely dispose of unused prescription drugs

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Oct. 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which aims to help the public safely dispose of unwanted or expired prescription pills at sites throughout the country. Since 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration event has collected more than 8.1 million pounds of pills, including opioid and other... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: safety

AHA's HRET webinar Oct. 25 on cardiac rehabilitation

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust and Million Hearts® Oct. 25 will host a webinar on cardiac rehabilitation, a comprehensive secondary prevention program that helps patients improve key clinical measures, and adopt and practice a healthy lifestyle. The webinar highlights Million Hearts® 2022,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: care coordination

Applications due Friday for AHA-AMGA Pathway to Value collaborative

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AHA and AMGA members may apply through Friday to participate in an intensive learning collaborative on managing population health and succeeding in the new Medicare physician payment models. The Clinical Integration: Pathway to Value collaborative is designed to help hospitals and medical groups work... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: population health

Conference to focus on workflow changes for health systems, clinicians

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ECRI Institute will convene a free leadership conference Nov. 28-29 in Washington, D.C., on issues surrounding the changes in workflow for clinicians, health systems, and patients, and the effect on care delivery. Sessions will examine how the changes impact quality, safety and the effective use of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: workforce

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