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Quality Improvement

  • Hospitals in Medicare ACOs Reduced Readmissions Faster
    Hospitals in Medicare Accountable Care Organizations outpaced non-ACO hospitals in reducing the rate at which patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) needed to return to the hospital, according to a new study in the January issue of Health Affairs. When a ...More
    1 week ago Posted in News
  • Hospital Readmission Rates Decrease Following Passage of Affordable Care Act Financial Penalties
    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) instituted financial penalties against hospitals with high rates of readmissions for Medicare patients with certain health conditions. A new analysis led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Harvard T.H. Chan School ...More
    3 weeks ago Posted in News
  • Moving Toward a Gold Standard in Patient Handoff Protocols
    You're in the hospital under around-the-clock care for whatever it is that ails you. During any 24-hour period, your physicians and nursing staff will change shifts at least once. When those shift changes occur, those going off shift will need to hand over information about ...More
    November 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Patient Safety Benefits When Hospitals Provide Feedback to Staff Who Report Errors
    Voluntary reporting by hospital staff of errors and patient safety events are a key source of information for improving patient care. A St. Jude Children's Research Hospital analysis suggests that to increase reporting, hospitals should focus on informing staff about how ...More
    November 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hospital Readmission History is a Valid Measure of Skilled Nursing Quality
    When an elderly loved one is discharged from a hospital to a skilled nursing facility (SNF), the family's hope is that they will get good care that will allow them to return home rather than poor care that requires a return trip to the hospital. That's why on its Nursing ...More
    November 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Joint Commission Nursing Home Accreditation Predicts Quality
    Joint Commission accreditation is a significant predictor of nursing home quality, according to a new study published online Sept. 2, 2016, in JAMDA, the official journal of AMDA, the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. The new study, “Comparing Public ...More
    October 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hospital Room Design Connected to Key Aspect of Patient Safety
    How a hospital room is designed may keep patients safer and healthier and shorten their hospital stay, a design researcher at Texas Tech University has found. Debajyoti Pati, a professor of environmental design in the College of Human Sciences, recently was awarded a ...More
    October 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Asserts Hospital Rankings May Rely on Faulty Data
    The October 2016 issue of The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, features the article "Consumer Rankings and Health Care: Toward Validation and Transparency" by Bala Hota, MD, MPH, and co-authors, Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), Chicago. After ...More
    October 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • 30-Day Hospital Readmission is a Poor Measure of Quality, New Research Finds
    The 30-day window for hospital readmissions -- used by the federal government to penalize hospitals believed to provide lower-quality care because patients return to the hospital following discharge -- should be reduced to a week or less to more accurately measure factors ...More
    October 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • AAAHC Launches Industry-First Quality Improvement DIY Resource
    The Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) announces it has released its first-ever Illuminating Quality Improvement toolkit, a robust bundle of behind-the-scenes resources previously available only through in-person courses. The comprehensive kit ...More
    September 24, 2016 Posted in News
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