Quality & Patient Safety

May 10, 2022
The AHA’s new resource “Patient and Family Advisory Councils Blueprint” outlines seven steps to successfully launch a meaningful and impactful PFAC.
May 14, 2018
The number of public quality scorecards for hospitals has increased exponentially in recent years as consumers take more interest in getting the most value for their health care dollar. These attempts at simplifying the complex hospital environment into laypeople’s terms often condense hospital…
Apr 9, 2018
In 2001, when Tropical Storm Allison tore through Texas, dumping torrential rainfall on Houston and surrounding areas, Houston’s Texas Medical Center was hit especially hard. The largest medical complex in the world, home to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was decimated by…
Feb 12, 2018
He was a healthy 15-year-old boy living in St. Louis, wasn’t in a gang, got good grades and stayed out of trouble. But violence swirled around him, and the teen was so fearful of being shot that he contemplated suicide, with the thought of ending life on his own terms. Less than a…
Jan 8, 2018
Keeping patients safe is a prerequisite for delivering high-quality health care. In response to the Institute of Medicine’s 1999 report To Err is Human, the health care field has dramatically increased efforts to address adverse safety events. Those efforts could be accelerated…
Nov 13, 2017
Hospital radiologists and pathologists are on the receiving end of orders for scans and tests. But they can’t do their work alone. With that in mind, they are building relationships with ordering physicians and working with them to ensure that patients get the right tests at the right…
Oct 9, 2017
Value-based payment approaches, including Medicare’s Quality Payment Program for physicians and other eligible clinicians, tie fees and bonuses to how well providers perform on various quality and cost measures. An underlying assumption of value-based payment is that quality of care can be…
Sep 11, 2017
Faced with ongoing improvement work and beckoning opportunities, more than 4,000 hospitals around the country have joined together to improve care and increase collaboration through the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. HIIN was launched in September 2016 by the Centers for Medicare &…
Aug 10, 2017
Violence Report examines cost of community violence Community violence cost U.S. hospitals and health systems an estimated $2.7 billion in 2016, according to a report prepared for the American Hospital Association by Milliman.