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Quality Improvement

  • 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
  • Moving the Needle on Healthcare Quality and Costs
    Bucking national trends, a new study shows that a program is making a difference in healthcare quality and cost. Developed by University of Utah Health Care (UUHC), the so-called value driven outcomes (VDO) program breaks down health procedure costs to the level of each ...More
    September 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Speaking Up is a Critical Behavior to Improve Patient Safety and Quality in Healthcare
    Joint Commission predicted that 80 percent of the serious safety events occur due to miscommunications among healthcare professionals. Speaking up is one of the critical behaviors of patient safety that displays an important role for improving quality and patient safety in ...More
    August 21, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Study Explores How Hospitals Transform Their Patient Safety Culture
    Though healthcare is not without risks or error, hospital employees can support a culture of patient safety by identifying, reporting, and learning from medical mistakes that have or could have harmed patients. In a new study, a training program focusing on team ...More
    July 15, 2016 Posted in News
  • Team-Trained Healthcare Staff Can Reduce Patient Deaths by 15 Percent
    Team training of healthcare employees can reduce patient mortality by 15 percent, according to a new study from Rice University, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the University of Central Florida, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Michael E. DeBakey VA ...More
    July 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Efforts to Lower Hospital Admission Rates May Also Reduce Readmissions
    Public health programs and initiatives that aim to lower hospital admission rates may also reduce readmissions, despite the fact that the patients in communities that have adopted these programs tend to be sicker when hospitalized, says a Yale-led study. The research was ...More
    July 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • 10 Elements to Consider When Conducting an Infection Risk Assessment
    Almost everything we do in the healthcare industry is designed around one main focal point: patient safety. And infection prevention and control (IPC) is no exception. Industry leaders are developing IPC protocols to keep patient safety and outcomes at the forefront of all ...More
    June 24, 2016 Posted in Articles
  • CMS Surveys: A Primer for the Infection Preventionist
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) maintains systems of oversight as part of its general mission to strengthen and modernize healthcare in the United States. Monitoring systems are a crucial component in CMS’s mission, factoring into all four of ...More
    June 24, 2016 Posted in Articles