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Association Remembers Former Board Chair Howard Cohen

Cohen, a former hospital administrator at NYC Health + Hospitals and America’s Essential Hospitals board chair in 1995, died Sept. 24 at age 80.

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Essential Women’s Leadership Academy Hosts Inaugural Meeting

Women bring critical perspectives to hospital leadership roles, yet they are significantly underrepresented, especially in CEO positions. America’s Essential Hospitals and its members are committed to reducing this gender gap in hospital leadership. For one, essential hospitals have long worked to promote equity — both in delivery of care and in cultivating leaders who are

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Members Defy Uneven Progress in Fight Against Sepsis

We’re making progress in the fight against sepsis – and essential hospitals are doing their part – but we still have much work left to do.

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Uniting on Patient and Family Engagement

Growing evidence shows that engaging patients and their families in care produces safer patient care and better outcomes

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Essential Hospitals Do Their Part to Reduce Medical Errors

Amid troubling reports, essential hospitals work diligently to improve patient safety and reduce medical errors – and succeed

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Association Members Bring 2015 Policy Priorities to the Hill

Top issues include protecting Medicaid and Medicare from cuts, protecting the 340B program, and risk adjusting quality incentive program measures

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Please Don’t Pass the Salt: World Heart Day 2014

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the world’s number one cause of death, and the burden is only growing. Today, on World Heart Day, we know that CVD is responsible for 17.3 million deaths per year and is projected to cause 23 million deaths per year by 2030. To raise awareness and promote discussion for solutions, the

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Federal Incentives – Right Intentions, Wrong Impact?

An examination of a recent study highlighting the challenge of providing financial incentives fairly based on outcomes and hospital characteristics.

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Members Navigate Southeast Politics at Regional Strategy Meeting

Sixteen members of America’s Essential Hospitals from across the Southeast met for our Regional Strategy Meeting that covered direct lobbying, effective communication, and citizen advocacy.

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Small Talk Survival Guide: VITAL2014 Edition

If you are an introvert like me, making small talk at next week’s VITAL2014 can be a source of angst. Especially because there will be a variety of people attending. Regardless of who you are and whom you straddle up next to in the buffet line, this guide will hopefully give you some conversation starters

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Bridging the Gap: Integrating Public Health and Health Care Systems

Population health has become a national priority in health care. Without much direction or guidance, providers are venturing into the unknown, developing programs and initiatives aimed at individuals’ overall health by targeting specific health outcomes. Hospitals, health systems, and clinics are changing the practice of medicine to accommodate the growing burden of chronic disease, while

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With a Medicaid DSH Victory Comes a New Advocacy Agenda

Last year we saw a major legislative victory with a two-year delay of the Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts. The fiscal year (FY) 2014 Joint Budget Resolution, signed into law on Dec. 26, 2013, included a provision to eliminate Medicaid DSH payment cuts in FY2014 and to delay FY 2015 cuts until FY 2016.

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Equity in Care Applies to Patient Safety

The commitment and work by America’s Essential Hospitals and its members to improve equity is nothing new. Last week, the Essential Hospitals Engagement Network (EHEN) hosted its third webinar as part of its Health Equity Series. The webinar featured Dr. Alexander Green, who spoke on using TeamSTEPPS communication training to improve patient safety for patients with limited

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It’s Going to Take Time to Determine the Success of the New Marketplaces

The headlines have been dominated by news about problems with the new health insurance marketplaces since they opened over one month ago. There’s no doubt that the technical issues with the marketplace websites have been frustrating for both administrators and consumers, and have prevented people from enrolling in health insurance coverage. However, it’s important to

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Building Health Literacy Through Research and Practice

Health literacy has been identified as a priority area for national action in delivering health care and is critical to delivering high-quality, patient-centered care to diverse populations. Adults with limited health literacy experience more serious medication errors, higher rates of emergency room visits and hospitalizations, worse preventive care and health outcomes for their children, and

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America’s Essential Hospitals Fall Legislative Event Goes On Despite the Government Shut Down

America’s Essential Hospitals held a successful Fall Legislative Event October 1 and 2 despite the fact that Congress could not successfully keep the federal government running. As midnight hit on Oct. 1, the government officially shut down, but members of America’s Essential Hospitals got ready to advocate for their patients on Capitol Hill. Association members

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What Will Health Insurance Cost in the New Marketplaces?

With open enrollment in the new health insurance marketplaces less than a month away, there’s been a great deal of news about just how much health insurance plans are going to cost. Several reports have estimated how much premiums will cost, and several states have released information about their own premium costs. The U.S. Department

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New Studies Published on Financial Incentives for Providers

Two randomized trials of pay for performance (P4P) published last week in JAMA give more insight on using financial incentives to improve compliance with guideline-based practice. The first by Bardach et al. was done in small (<10 clinicians) primary care clinics in New York City, which was unlike most previous studies conducted in large health

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What Happens to Public Hospitals When States Don’t Expand Their Medicaid Programs?

The Affordable Care Act gave me hope that coverage expansion would be the law of the land: Young people are able to stay on their parents’ health insurance plans until they’re 26! People with pre-existing conditions can’t be denied coverage! More people will be eligible for Medicaid coverage! Sounds good, right? But it remains to

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Achieving Equity In Care

Last month, the Essential Hospitals Engagement Network (EHEN), formerly the NAPH Safety Network, kicked off its health equity improvement work with a special webinar, “Achieving Equity in Care in the Safety Net.” The EHEN is the only Partnership for Patients (PfP) hospital engagement network (HEN) that is focusing exclusively on hospitals caring for the most

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An Organizational Approach to Reducing Patient Harm

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) estimates that 15 million incidents of medical harm occur in U.S. hospitals each year. This estimate of overall national harm is based on IHI’s extensive experience in studying injury rates in hospitals, which reveals that between 40 and 50 incidents of patient harm occur for every 100 hospital admissions.

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Defining the ED’s Role in a Changing Health Care Landscape

For more than a year, the NAPH Safety Network (NSN) has been working with 22 safety net hospitals to reduce preventable readmissions. The Partnership for Patients set our goal at a 20 percent reduction by the end of 2013 from a 2010 baseline. While we are still working to achieve this goal, many hospitals have

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Patient and Family Engagement: Fulfilling the Promises of Safety and Dignity

Last month, I attended a Health Affairs briefing that announced their February issue, which focused on patient and family engagement (PFE). Throughout the presentation, speakers extolled the potential benefits of effective patient and family engagement programs – one speaker cited a Forbes article calling PFE the “blockbuster drug” of the century. My “eureka moment” came

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NAPH Safety Network Corner: Finding Inspiration in ‘The Waiting Room’

As part of our NAPH Safety Network (NSN) regional collaborative meetings and leadership summits, we have had the opportunity to screen “The Waiting Room,” a documentary filmed at Alameda County Medical Center’s Highland Hospital – one of our participating NSN safety net hospitals. The film takes place over the course of 24 hours in Highland’s

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NAPH Safety Network Corner: Utilize Your Burning Platform to Transform Care

Yesterday, the first of three regional collaborative meetings kicked off in Chicago, IL with a heartfelt keynote address by Dr.Rishi Sikka. Dr. Sikka is Vice President of Clinical Transformation at Advocate Health Care in Chicago. To achieve quality transformation that is not evanescent, Dr. Sikka believes it is vital to tap into what he refers

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Medicare Makes Their Own Cost Atlas

For a long time if you wanted to know how health care costs varied by region or hospital you would turn to the Dartmouth Atlas. Last month CMS made a second reference publically available through Hospital Compare in the form of a Medicare Spending per Beneficiary (MSPB) measure. MSPB is a ratio that compares the

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