AONE, HRET HIIN webinar March 14 on patient safety

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The AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives and Health Research & Educational Trust will host a March 14 webinar on “Partnering for Progress in Quality and Safety.” Participants will hear from two hospital nurse leaders that have used the HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network to improve... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, nurses

CMS awards $100 million to help small practices with Quality Payment Program

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today awarded 11 organizations about $20 million each to help individual and small group practices implement the clinician Quality Payment Program. The organizations will help eligible practices of 15 or fewer clinicians choose and report on quality measures... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, physicians, nurses

AHRQ releases ICU mechanical ventilation safety toolkit

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently released a toolkit to help hospital intensive care units prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia and other complications for patients on mechanical ventilation. The toolkit uses proven principles and methods from the agency’s Comprehensive Unit-based... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

FDA warns of reaction to skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate

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The Food and Drug Administration yesterday warned that products containing chlorhexidine gluconate can cause rare but serious allergic reactions. “Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years,” the agency said. As a result,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, safety

AHRQ provides informed consent training modules for health care professionals

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released a training resource for hospital leaders that provides guidance on developing informed consent policies and securing organizational support for best practices in informed consent. In addition, the agency has released a training resource for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, quality, patient safety

AHA issues resource for engaging hospital volunteers to support the Triple Aim

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The AHA and its Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals today released a guide to help hospitals and health systems develop strategic volunteer services to support the Triple Aim of improving the patient experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing the per... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: Triple Aim

Reminder: Hospital associations invited to apply for AHA quality leadership award

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The AHA invites applications through Jan. 27 for the 2017 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award for Allied Association Leadership. Named after AHA President Emeritus Dick Davidson, the annual award honors a state, regional or metropolitan hospital association that demonstrates exceptional organizational... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards

CMS announces new alternative payment model participants

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More than 359,000 clinicians have agreed to participate in four alternative payment models in 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. Accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program grew by a net 47 to 480, including 26 Track 3 ACOs waived from the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, physicians, value-based purchasing, Medicare, ACO

Study: ACO-affiliated hospitals reduce rehospitalizations from SNFs faster

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Hospitals participating in Medicare accountable care organizations reduced rehospitalizations from skilled nursing facilities faster than other hospitals after the program was initiated, according to a study published last week in Health Affairs. The study compared rehospitalization rates between 2007 and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: accountable care organizations, quality, readmissions, ACO

NQF announces new president and CEO

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The National Quality Forum today named as its president and CEO effective Jan. 30 Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., former deputy administrator and director for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Center for Program Integrity. “I am honored to lead NQF during this exciting and pivotal time,” Agrawal said.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, leadership

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