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

HHS declares public health emergency in CA due to wildfires

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Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Eric Hargan yesterday declared a public health emergency in California due to the wildfires devastating the state. The declaration allowed the acting secretary to issue a waiver under section 1135 of the Social Security Act for the state to enable the Centers for... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: disaster readiness

Webinar Nov. 9 on improving care for hospitalized adults with SUDs

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The AHA’s Physician Leadership Forum will host a Nov. 9 webinar on a team-based approach to improving care for hospitalized adults with substance-use disorders. Honora Englander, M.D., associate professor of medicine and director of the Improving Addiction Care Team at Oregon Health & Science University,... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: quality improvement

Nov. 30 deadline to apply for reconsideration of EHR payment adjustment

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Inpatient prospective payment system hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use and did not receive a hardship exception in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through Nov. 30 for reconsideration of their 2018 payment adjustment. Visit here... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: EHRs, Electronic Health Records

CMS issues 2018 Medicare Advantage, prescription drug plan star ratings

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week published its star ratings for 2018 Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans. Approximately 44% of MA plans that offer prescription drug coverage will have an overall rating of four stars or higher in 2018, and about 52% of stand-alone... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality care, rating systems, Medicare

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