Category Archives: Hospital Safety

EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

The rate of emergency department (ED) visits in California for non-injuries has risen while the rate of visits for injuries has dropped, according to a new study led by UC San Francisco that documents the increasing amount of care provided … finish reading EDs Seeing More Patients with Complex, Chronic Conditions, Mental Illness; Fewer Injuries

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Colorado Hospital Engagement Network Reduces Healthcare Costs by $15 Million, Avoidable Readmissions by 11 Percent

Colorado hospitals and health systems participating in a three-year quality improvement project led by the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) prevented 2,800 patient harms, 1,250 of which were avoidable readmissions, for an estimated cost savings of $14.8 million, according to the … finish reading Colorado Hospital Engagement Network Reduces Healthcare Costs by $15 Million, Avoidable Readmissions by 11 Percent

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Hospital Readmissions Fall By 8 Percent Among Medicare Beneficiaries

Hospital readmissions fell by 8 percent, or an estimated 150,000 fewer readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries, between January 2012 and December 2013, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This was a significant reduction in Medicare all-cause 30-day … finish reading Hospital Readmissions Fall By 8 Percent Among Medicare Beneficiaries

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Hospital Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in United States

Nearly 440,000 Americans are dying annually from preventable hospital errors, making them the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a Fall 2013 update to The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score report. The annual report, which … finish reading Hospital Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in United States

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NCQA Ranks Kaiser Permanente Number One in 13 of 43 Quality Measures

Kaiser Permanente ranked number one in 13 out of 43 effectiveness of care measures, according to the 2013 NCQA Quality Compass® data. Out of nearly 500 commercial health plans in the nation, no other health plan received more than five … finish reading NCQA Ranks Kaiser Permanente Number One in 13 of 43 Quality Measures

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Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

Statewide quality initiatives have resulted in significant improvement in participating hospitals across Florida over the past five years, according to a new report by the Florida Hospital Association (FHA). Among the results from the first five years of the quality … finish reading Florida’s Hospitals Five-Year Results: Reduced Readmissions, Cost

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Rural, Urban Hospitals Score Highly in Consumer Reports Surgery Ratings; Teaching Hospitals Fall Short

Location, location, location. While it definitely impacts the price of real estate, it doesn’t necessarily impact a hospital’s surgery rating, according to Consumer Reports’ first ratings survey on how patients fare during and after surgery. In fact, some hospitals do … finish reading Rural, Urban Hospitals Score Highly in Consumer Reports Surgery Ratings; Teaching Hospitals Fall Short

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New AHRQ Hospital Guide Offers 4 Strategies to Engage Patients, Clinicians

A new guide designed to help hospitals improve their patients’ care by bridging communication gaps among patients, families and healthcare providers is now available from HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The resource, Guide to Patient and Family … finish reading New AHRQ Hospital Guide Offers 4 Strategies to Engage Patients, Clinicians

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Simple Tactic Slashes MRSA Infections in Sickest Hospital Patients by Nearly Half

Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all ICU patients can reduce bloodstream infections by nearly half and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs, according to a multi-disciplinary team study published in the New England Journal … finish reading Simple Tactic Slashes MRSA Infections in Sickest Hospital Patients by Nearly Half

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New BCBS Michigan-Trinity Health Reimbursement Model Rewards Hospital Efficiency

A new reimbursement program between Trinity Health-Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will move hospitals away from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) payments towards a value-based reimbursement arrangement, according to officials from both healthcare organizations. The focus of the new … finish reading New BCBS Michigan-Trinity Health Reimbursement Model Rewards Hospital Efficiency

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