Study: Penalties in HAC program influenced by number of cases, bed size

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Performance in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital-acquired Conditions Reduction Program is heavily influenced by hospital size, according to a new study in the American Journal of Medical Quality. Researchers from the AHA, KNG Health Consulting, the Network for Excellence in Health... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

Hospital-acquired conditions fall 21% over five years

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Hospital-acquired conditions declined by 21% (3.1 million) between 2010 and 2015, saving an estimated 125,000 lives and $28 billion in health care costs, according to results reported today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Central line-associated bloodstream infections fell by 91%;... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

AHA, CDC project to help hospitals implement infection prevention measures

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The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced a three-year initiative to improve the implementation of infection prevention and control efforts in U.S. hospitals. The project will work with state hospital associations, state... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: hospital-acquired conditions, prevention

CMS re-issues FY 2016 HAC penalty preview reports; corrections due Oct. 21

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday re-issued hospital-specific reports to all hospitals in the fiscal year 2016 Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program to correct inaccuracies in the surgical site infection measure scores. The revised reports also include updated domain 2 and... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, hospital-acquired conditions

Study: HAC Reduction Program may not accurately measure hospital quality

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Hospitals with structural characteristics reflecting volume, accreditations and advanced services tend to perform better than others on publicly reported quality measures but are penalized significantly in the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, according to a study published this week in the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

CMS issues proposed FY 2016 inpatient PPS rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late today issued its hospital inpatient prospective payment system proposed rule for fiscal year 2016. The rule would increase rates by 1.1% in FY 2016 compared to FY 2015, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments required by law. Specifically, the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, readmissions, value-based purchasing, Meaningful Use, EHRs, Electronic Health Records, Medicare, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions, VBP

Report: Health care quality continues to improve

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The nation has made clear progress in improving the health care delivery system to achieve the three aims of better care, smarter spending and healthier people, according to the 2014 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, released Friday by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. But... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, child health, Coverage, equity, access, HAC, hospital-acquired conditions

Florida HEN improves care for 27,500 patients, saves $170 million

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Hospitals participating in the Florida Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network improved care for more than 27,500 patients over three years, avoiding an estimated $170 million in health care costs, the association reported this week. Among other improvements, the 77 hospitals prevented 15,072... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, readmissions, HENs, Hospital Engagement Networks, hospital-acquired conditions

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