SNF quality data preview reports available

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Skilled nursing facilities can now preview their quality measure data for the SNF Quality Reporting Program in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced yesterday. The Review and Correct reports contain quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, Medicare

Study: Hospitals in VBP program did not improve more than other hospitals

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The Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program did not result in meaningful improvements in clinical process or patient experience measures during its first four years, because performance improved similarly for hospitals not exposed to the program, according to a study reported last week in the New England... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, value-based purchasing

Hospital Compare overall star ratings will not be updated in July

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will not update the overall hospital quality star ratings on Hospital Compare in July as scheduled due to data issues with three of the measures included in the safety group score, according to a QualityNet notice yesterday. CMS is working to correct data for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality

Study: Interventions to reduce readmissions working; cost savings vary

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Efforts to reduce hospital readmissions are working, but they don’t always save money, according to a review of 50 quality improvement studies published yesterday by JAMA Internal Medicine. The quality improvement interventions examined reduced readmissions by an average 12.1% for heart failure patients... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: readmissions

Reminder: Nominations for AHE Heart of Healthcare Award due June 9

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The AHA’s Association for the Healthcare Environment is accepting nominations through June 9 for its Heart of Healthcare Award, which recognizes outstanding environmental services technicians for their efforts to keep patients safe and infection free. Recipients will be honored at AHE’s EXCHANGE 2017... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: awards, workforce

USDA announces recall of frozen entrees shipped to institutions in six states

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Golden Gourmet has recalled frozen waffle with turkey sausage entrees that were distributed to institutions in six states because the items may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced yesterday. The 5,248 pounds of recalled products bear establishment... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: patient safety

HRET infographic highlights 2016 achievements

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate has released a snapshot of 2016 achievements from its work with national, state and regional partners to advance health in America through high-reliability organizations, emerging models of care, population health and team-based care. For more on... read more

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

CDC issues update on emerging multidrug-resistant fungus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday reported 77 cases in the past year of the emerging and often multidrug-resistant fungus Candida auris, most in chronically ill patients with long stays at high-acuity skilled nursing facilities. All but eight of the cases were in the New York City... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, prevention

CDC to host call for clinicians on retesting patients who received certain lead tests

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a May 24 call for clinicians on its recommendations for retesting certain children and adults who had venous blood lead tests performed using a Magellan Diagnostics’ LeadCare analyzer. The call will review the recommendations, which patients may be... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: physicians, child health, maternal health, infant health, nurses

HRET-led project reduces CAUTI infections in nursing homes by 54%

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Long-term care facilities participating in a federal project led by the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust reduced catheter-associated urinary tract infections by 54%, according to a study published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The project adapted the Agency for Healthcare Research and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

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