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Learn how essential hospitals can partner with public health departments to improve antibiotic stewardship efforts, and hear firsthand about LAC+USC Medical Center’s partnership experience.

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Abstracts should show the results of work to improve health or health care at a local, regional, or national scale.

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Hear how experts at Carilion Clinic created a Quality Performance Indicator Database to standardize and disseminate data and reduce preventable harm.

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The Gage Awards honor creative and successful programs at essential hospitals that enhance patient care and meet community needs.

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Each year, APIC sponsors International Infection Prevention Week to highlight the importance of infection prevention in improving patient safety.

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Special Innovation Project grants will be awarded to 28 partnerships with QIN-QIOs to support and scale quality improvement projects. Projects should aim to provide Medicare beneficiaries with better care, better health, and greater value.

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Site for hospitals and other health care facilities reflects violent incident rate four times higher than other sectors

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International Infection Prevention Week, Oct. 18-24, raises awareness of patient and family engagement, hand hygiene in infection prevention and patient safety

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The assessment helps public health programs understand and build capacity for sustainability over time. It consists of 40 questions and takes approximately 10 to 15 minutes for each individual to complete.

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Learn how Hennepin County Medical Center’s physician-targeted initiative lowered pressure ulcer rates to one of its lowest points in more than a decade.

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Proposed CCJR model would bundle Medicare payments to acute care hospitals for hip and knee replacement surgery in 75 metropolitan statistical areas; hospitals would be held financially accountable for meeting quality and cost targets for entire episode of care.

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Process improvement methodology led to a 40 percent reduction in patient falls at Broward Health Imperial Point after just one year.

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UHS staff discussed how DSRIP-supported improvement projects have impacted patient care and quality outcomes.

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View the recorded webcast on how California’s DSRIP waiver impacts patient care and quality outcomes at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

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View the recorded webcast on how California’s DSRIP waiver impacts patient care and quality outcomes at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center.

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Effort, spearheaded by Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, virtually eliminated early term deliveries with patient, physician engagement

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Preliminary testing to include random, representative sample of 50 hospital outpatient departments, 50 ambulatory surgery centers

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Hennepin County Medical Center found that better communication, workflow, and targeted quality improvement projects improved physician burnout, dissatisfaction, and retention.

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

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UK Healthcare adopted a centralized approach to patient safety that promotes responsibility and commitment to continuous improvement.

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Recent journal articles explore socioeconomic status, accountable care organizations, and other issues relevant to essential hospitals.

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Innovations in health care require evaluation to determine impact and success. But what is the difference between conducting an evaluation and researching a program? At Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, staff learned this distinction is important to consider.

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The national strategy is intended to slow the emergence and prevent the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and strengthen national efforts to identify and report cases of it.

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BMC's 15-step, replicable plan involves identifying clinically significant alarms and altering settings for insignificant alarms. The plan reduced noise levels and increased satisfaction.

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The first of two webinars featuring sustainability expert Lynne Maher, PhD, MBA, who will summarize a tested and proven model for assessing improvement projects.

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

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Congress considers Veteran Affairs, Medicare, and immigration bills as August recess nears; House holds hearing on state Medicaid funding.

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CMS awarded contracts to 14 organizations as part of the restructuring of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program. These organizations will work with providers to increase quality of care.

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CMS announces webinar for providers on the QIO program. Topics will include an overview of program changes, update on the transition process, and discussion on provider impact.

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Numerous essential hospitals were named to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine's list of 2014 most wired hospitals

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Innovation does not end with implementation - ongoing evaluation and refinement also are key to ensure success.

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Staff at UMass Memorial Health Care are using idea boards to generate ideas that improve care and cut costs at system hospitals.

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The Gage Awards Program honors and shares the outstanding work of members of America’s Essential Hospitals. Winners are recognized for successful and creative programs that boost patient care and meet community needs.

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The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center developed a simple, replicable tool to help prevent fall injuries.

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Safety-net organizations face numerous problems, each with many potential solutions. When thinking about solutions, it is helpful to have a framework of innovation. This installment of the blog discusses how to choose between solutions and how to operationalize them.

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This is the fifth blog in a series highlighting how the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services is helping patients better navigate their care.

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Through this model, groups of health care providers and suppliers will be responsible for all care offered to a group of beneficiaries. Applications and letters of intent are due June 23 for provider and supplier groups that include a large dialysis organization and Sept. 15 for provider and supplier groups that do not include a large dialysis organization.

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Recognizing its importance, many member hospitals have taken steps to improve hand hygiene among their staff, including by launching handwashing campaigns or by adopting tools to track compliance.

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MetroHealth's team-based Wash-In, Wash-Out program boosts hand hygiene compliance among staff and reduces hospital-acquired infections.

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Olive View-UCLA Medical Center used two specific strategies to ensure they were meeting patient and caregiver needs with a new patient-centered medical home project.

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Starting July 1, IQR and OQR data must be submitted through the secure portal. CMS encourages hospitals to enroll in the portal and complete the identity proofing process by May 1.

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This is the third webinar in the Essential Hospitals Engagement Network’s patient harm series.

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These days, we’re all pressured to prove our efforts are worth the investment. Essential hospitals, or those that serve a safety net role in their communities, are under particular stress. How do you prove your efforts are effective?

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Nutrition deficiency contributes to many serious health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, and certain cancers. Studies also show a correlation to increasingly high health care costs and reduced productivity and chronic absence from work. Learn a phased approach to addressing these issues, with examples from several essential hospitals.

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A Truman Medical Centers study examines clinical decision support systems’ impact on venous thromboembolism prevention.

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The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services launched a pilot program that aims to prevent avoidable rescue-care visits by automatically notifying patient-centered medical homes when a patient enters the health care system and better engaging discharged patients in their follow-up care.

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A Reason to Hope

March 5, 2014 || Carolyn Brown

As a health care professional who is closer to the end of her career than the beginning, I am prone to view the current state of health care quality as a culmination of decades of strategies, collaborations, regulations, competition, legislative actions, and heuristic thinking swirling madly around the people who rely on us so greatly: our patients.

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Patient Safety Awareness Week 2014 highlights why it is essential to engage patients and consumers in the health care process.

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A Boston Medical Center pilot program successfully reduced audible alarms and improved patient safety across six weeks, leading the hospital to implement the strategy on all inpatient medical/surgical units.

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Starting July 1, IQR and OQR data must be submitted through the secure portal. CMS encourages hospitals to enroll in the Secure Portal and complete the identity proofing process by May 1.

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Discuss what's happening in your units that use electronic health records

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Learn how to carry out a crisis management plan when a patient safety disaster occurs

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Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital's patient safety officer highlights the power of data and transparency to reduce hospital harm events.

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Leaders from the CEO down set the culture of an organization and can make or break a hospital’s improvement effort.

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Review emerging leadership best practices and daily operational safety briefings

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Learn how your organization can become transparent about safety problems

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Reduce patient harm using 15-minute safety huddles, which convene representatives from across the organization to address potential safety concerns.

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This was the fourth webinar in this Patient and Family Engagement series, which focused on bedside care.

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Learn about high-risk areas for limited English proficient patients and improvement strategies

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Truman Medical Centers reduced central line-associated blood stream infections in its intensive care units through an evidence-based strategy.

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Learn how you can improve your opportunities for successfully reducing falls.

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The EHEN was one of 26 hospital engagement networks funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services through the Partnership for Patients, a national initiative to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent by 2013.

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Participants shared successes and barriers and developed a plan for sustainability

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This is HHLN installment #6 of 6 During this webinar, HHLN participants: identified best methodology for sharing successes with other safety net hospitals developed appropriate next steps for success    

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Participants discussed their observations and obtained TST training for data entry

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Participants discussed Just in Time Coaches, received additional TST training, and identified pilot units

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Topics included: team introductions, pre-work, the HHLN plan, and the TST tool

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Education targeted at staff involved in reporting summary data to the National Healthcare Safety Network

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Panelists discussed potential of health IT for administrative simplification, privacy and security, other uses

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Surgical site infection coding challenges and strategies to prevent colorectal SSIs

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Vanquishing VAP

Feb. 12, 2013 || Staff -

Review VAP interventions, run charts, and key driver diagrams

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This session reviewed key driver diagrams and highlighted an electronic risk assessment model – derived from clinical and nonclinical factors – that helps predict which patients are at risk for 30-day readmission within 24 hours of admission.

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Research on health care quality, disparities in care, patient safety at risk, association says

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Regional collaboratives, leadership summits support work to find solutions to quality disparities

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Five hospitals and health systems recognized for exceptional work to improve quality, patient safety, population health

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Association, Journal for Healthcare Quality highlight work at National Press Club event

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New center aligns research, education, and development opportunities to support members

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