Baldrige names two health care organizations as 2016 National Quality Award recipients

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Each morning Memorial Hermann Sugar Land (Texas) Hospital managers and directors participate in a safety huddle to address any operations concerns or anticipated issues.

It’s part of an organizational culture that fosters workforce engagement, open communication and high performance, and it has helped... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality, patient safety, awards, culture of safety

CMS revises site-neutral policy in final outpatient PPS rule for 2017

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Nov. 1 revised its site-neutral payment policy for off-campus provider-based hospital outpatient departments (HOPD). The agency said new services at existing off-campus HOPDs, as well as services at off-campus HOPDs that relocate, will be reimbursed at an... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, site neutral payment, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, regulation, VBP

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

Bill introduced to delay release of hospital star ratings

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Reps. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, and Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., yesterday introduced a bill to delay for at least one year the introduction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new hospital star ratings to ensure the ratings are fair and reliable.

The Hospital Quality Rating Transparency Act... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, quality, rating systems

The Joint Commission seeks to clarify 'misperceptions' of its pain standards

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The Joint Commission’s pain standards are unfairly blamed for the current prescription opioid epidemic because of “misperceptions” of what it requires hospitals and other accredited institutions to do, says David Baker, M.D., The Joint Commission’s executive vice president for health care quality... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, measurement, Program Integrity, Behavioral health, chronic conditions, advanced illness care

CMS delays release of Hospital Compare overall star ratings

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that it will delay until at least July 2016 the release of overall hospital quality “star ratings” on its Hospital Compare website. The ratings were originally scheduled to be released April 21.

The delay for the overall star ratings... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, rating systems

60 senators urge CMS to delay overall hospital quality star ratings

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Sixty senators today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to delay the April 21 release of the overall hospital quality star ratings in order “to provide the necessary time to more closely examine the star rating methodology, analyze its impact on different types of hospitals, and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, QIO, quality, rating systems

Crouse Hospital puts RTs at the center of COPD care

AHA News

Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., is changing the way it cares for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients by giving respiratory therapists (RT) a much bigger role in their care.

The hospital in November began phasing in its “Lung Partners” program that puts RTs at the forefront of its... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, patient and family engagement, chronic conditions, care coordination

Apply for AHA quality leadership award

AHA News

The AHA invites hospital associations to apply through Jan. 22 for the 2016 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... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality, awards, culture of safety

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

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