Quest for Quality Prize returns to recognize stellar examples in the field

AHA News

The AHA Quest for Quality Prize is back, and its sponsors say the new application and prize criteria are better calibrated to the transformation taking place in America’s health care. Oct. 1 (midnight Central Time to be precise) is the deadline for hospitals and health systems to apply for the 2018... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, patient safety, awards, culture of safety, leadership, patient and family engagement

Calvert Cares aims to empower patients

AHA News

The path to lower readmissions lies in patient support, as an increasing number of hospitals and health systems are demonstrating. They build medical and social services that keep their most challenging populations from bouncing back to the emergency department or to an inpatient stay after discharge.

A... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, population health, care coordination

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

AHA News

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

AHA's HRET, others receive contracts to continue HAC, readmissions progress

AHA News

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Sept. 29 awarded $347 million in contracts to 16 organizations, including the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), to continue efforts to reduce hospital- acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program.

The Hospital Improvement... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, QIO, Partnership for Patients, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks, culture of safety, hospital-acquired conditions

AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 improves hospital care, saves nearly $300 million

AHA News

Hospitals continue to improve patient care, according to results from the second round of the AHA/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients initiative.

The HRET HEN initiative marked a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, Partnership for Patients, Hospital Engagement Networks, hospital-acquired conditions

AHA's new quality leader seeks to raise field's quality and safety bar

AHA News

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

AHA News

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

In New Jersey, redesign of mental health care services drives competitors to collaborate

AHA News

By Betsy Ryan

 Hospitals and health systems across southern New Jersey were faced with a challenge that has turned into an opportunity. They conducted a joint community health needs assessment which reinforced what each hospital was reporting anecdotally: Emergency department visits with primary or... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, Behavioral health, care coordination

60 senators urge CMS to delay overall hospital quality star ratings

AHA News

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

2016: Momentum of change continues

AHA News

Every single day the men and women who lead America’s hospitals are confronted with a full plate of urgent problems that require their immediate attention. Dealing with these challenges makes a daily difference in the lives of patients, employees, physicians and the community. The work they do is truly... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality improvement, Redefining the H, advocacy, members, clinical integration, care coordination

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