National Healthcare Decisions Day

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A health care crisis can be the worst possible time to make legal and medical decisions for yourself or for the care of a loved one.

Yet, that is often the case when complex decisions about care have not been made ahead of time. The physical and emotional impact of accidents and acute illness can make a... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient and family engagement, advanced illness care

Workforce diversity

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By Maureen Swick

The AHA supports an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the communities our members serve. During National Minority Health Month, the AHA Workforce Center highlights our hospitals’ commitment to increasing and supporting a diverse workforce.

That commitment to a diverse and... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: diversity, equity, nurses, workforce

April is National Donate Life Month

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April is National Donate Life Month, when the AHA encourages everyone to consider becoming organ, eye and tissue donors.

The AHA every year joins Donate Life America and others in supporting National Donate Life Month. We hope you will join the association in supporting this nationwide campaign. 

Nearly... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tag: organ donation

AONE 2017 - 50 Years of Inspiring Leaders

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“I think one’s feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results” – Florence Nightingale

In 1967, a collection of nurse administrators from the AHA Council of Nursing organized themselves into an AHA personal membership group to create a professional home... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Caregivers, leadership, nurses, workforce

Ambulatory care: The next frontier in patient safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Katie Mockaitis

Hospitals have made impressive strides in improving care in the inpatient setting and are applying those lessons to outpatient care.

Funded through a contract from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust... read more

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

Focusing on Teamwork and Communication to Improve Patient Safety

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By Jay Bhatt, D.O., and Maureen Swick, R.N.

Patient safety experts agree that communication and teamwork skills are essential for providing quality health care.  When all clinical and nonclinical staff collaborate effectively, health care teams can improve patient outcomes, prevent medical errors,... read more

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

Talk about patient safety

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March 12-18 is “Patient Safety Awareness Week,” when the National Patient Safety Foundation encourages hospitals and other health care organizations to host local activities promoting awareness of the need to continually improve patient safety and to involve the public in those improvement efforts.

This... read more

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

AHA HAVE Awards honor our volunteers

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For 34 years, the Hospital Awards for Volunteer Excellence (HAVE) have honored exceptional volunteer efforts that provide distinguished service to hospitals, patients and communities. Earlier today we announced our 2017 award recipients, who will be recognized May 8 at the AHA Annual Membership Meeting in... read more

Topics: Quality and Patient Safety, Community Health
Tags: Community Connections, members

Hospital Mergers Promote Value and Quality

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JAMA today published the report “How Would the Next President Ensure Competitiveness in the Health Care Marketplace?” which discusses consolidation. The drive to build a continuum of care that rewards value over volume is unlikely to abate because it’s what consumers demand. Building that continuum of... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tag: consolidation

What the HAC is going on?

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The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, or HAC program, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS), is broken. In yesterday’s American Journal of Medical Quality, the AHA and our research partners at KNG Health Consulting, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation and the... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality improvement, quality care, quality, patient safety, HAC

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