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Quality Improvement

  • 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
  • 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