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Complete Opioid Knowledge Self-Assessment Survey

05/15/2018

Hospitals are encouraged to participate in an Opioid Knowledge Self-Assessment survey in preparation for the “When Less is More: Reducing Opioid Over Prescribing” webinar on May 23 presented by Maria Foy, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, pharmacy care coordinator, Palliative Care, Abington Hospital Jefferson Health. According to the Read More . . .

Sign the Medication Management and Opioid Initiative Pledge

05/15/2018

In alignment with national action towards improving medication management and opioid misuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is focused on patients and improving their health outcomes, reducing unnecessary utilization and generating cost savings for public and private payers. Clinicians, practices and improvement ne Read More . . .

Metric of the Month - May 2018

05/15/2018

CMS Partnership for Patients PFE Metric 5 The Person and Family Engagement Metric 5 ensures at least one Board member, with full voting rights and privileges, provides the patient and family perspective on all matters before the Board. The ultimate goal is to ensure the Board works with patient and family perspectives when making g Read More . . .

Ohio Hospital Creates Patient, Family Experience Program

05/15/2018

MetroHealth established the Office of Patient Experience in 2013 and a year later created a Patient and Family Advisor program to provide a platform for patients and their families to share their experiences. “You can talk about patient-centered care, but that’s an empty phrase until you sit down and talk to patients and Read More . . .

New CDC Report: More Seniors Dying from Falls

05/15/2018

Nearly 30,000 Americans aged 65 or older died from a fall in 2016, up from 18,334 in 2007, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The death rate from falls rose 31 percent for seniors over the period, with the largest increase among adults aged 85 and older. State rates in 2016 ranged from 24 Read More . . .

Health System Reduces Sepsis with Antibiotic Stewardship Program

05/15/2018

Preliminary data suggest the rate of sepsis mortality, as a percentage of overall deaths, is dropping at University Health Care System in Georgia. Recently the health system implemented a strategy of combining faster diagnostics to enhance their antibiotic stewardship program in addition to real-time communication to clinicians. Ove Read More . . .

New Study Highlights Preventability of Early Versus Late Hospital Readmissions

05/15/2018

Many experts believe that hospitals with more frequent readmissions provide lower-quality care, but little is known about how the preventability of readmissions might change over the post discharge time frame. Researchers of this study concluded that early readmissions were more likely to be preventable and amenable to hospital-base Read More . . .

Focus on Partnering with Patients to Improve Patient Safety

05/15/2018

When a patient visits a hospital, she has the expectation that she will be treated with empathy, respect and clinical excellence. At the core of each of these elements is the understanding that she will be safe. But all too often, the promise of patient safety isn’t upheld. Click here to read an article about the importance of Read More . . .

Hospital Improves Patient Handoffs Long-Term

05/15/2018

Although hospitals continue to develop tools to structure patient handoffs and improve communication transfer, numerous facilities still struggle to reduce medical errors after implementing these initiatives, calling for a need to improve these processes in the long-term, two authors argue in a Harvard Business Review article. Read More . . .

Registration Open for OHA Annual Meeting – Healing Ohio Communities

04/16/2018

The Ohio Hospital Association invites employees, medical staff, trustees and volunteers of member hospitals and health systems and OHA Corporate Partners to register for the 2018 OHA Annual Meeting June 4-6 in Columbus.  Click here to register for the 2018 annual meeting.   The OHA Annual Meeting offers a premier opport Read More . . .

Deadline Approaching: Submit OHA Quality Summit Poster Proposals by April 27

04/16/2018

The Ohio Hospital Association invites member hospitals to showcase quality improvement initiatives at the 11th annual OHA Quality Summit June 6 in Columbus. To submit an abstract for consideration, complete the poster abstract and biographical data forms and submit them to Dorothy.Aldridge@ohiohospitals.org by April 27.   The Read More . . .

HIIN, STRIVE Host Heath Care Associated Infection Conference

04/16/2018

The Ohio Hospital Improvement Innovation Network and States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement programs hosted a Heath Care Associated Infection Conference at the Embassy Suites Columbus April 11. This interactive day included the following topics: antimicrobial stewardship; leadership engagement; hospital acquired inf Read More . . .

Metric of the Month - April 2018

04/16/2018

PFE Metric 4: PFAC or Representatives on Hospital Committee To meet this metric, the hospital must have an active Patient and Family Advisory Council or at least one patient who serves on a patient safety or quality improvement committee or team. The patient and/or family representative from the community have been formally named a Read More . . .

Knox Community Hospital Implements New Patient, Family Advisory Council

04/16/2018

Knox Community Hospital implemented its first Patient and Family Advisory Council in September 2017. There are currently eight community members that serve on the PFAC. KCH ensured a diverse team that is representative of the patient population by selecting patients and or family members that have both positive and negative experien Read More . . .

Holzer Health System Adds Patient, Family Advisory Program

04/16/2018

What happens when physicians, administrators, staff and patients partner with one another? In 2017, Holzer Health System successfully launched a Patient and Family Advisory Program to engage and collaborate with patients to enhance their health care experiences. Holzer, a rural health system in southeastern Ohio, recognizes that pat Read More . . .

Guidance Available for Managing Bleeding in Patients on Oral Anticoagulants

04/16/2018

The American College of Cardiology released an expert consensus decision pathway on management of bleeding in patients who take oral anticoagulants. The pathway provides guidance to clinicians who are managing bleeding in patients receiving either vitamin K antagonists or the newer direct-acting oral anticoagulants. The decision pat Read More . . .

Global Antibiotic Use Soars as Resistance Fears Rise

04/16/2018

Overuse of antibiotics is one of the main causes of the dangerous health threats posed by antibiotic resistance -- when the drugs are no longer effective against the diseases they were designed to fight. Yet new research finds that antibiotic use by people rose 39 percent worldwide between 2000 and 2015, adding to the growing threat Read More . . .

Protect Patients by Protecting Health Care Workers

04/16/2018

Worker safety influences patient safety, yet health care organizations lag other industries in ensuring a safe work environment. David Michaels, former head of OSHA, discusses how health systems can learn from other industries in the drive to achieve operational excellence. Click here to read the article “Industry Voices&mdash Read More . . .

Clinical Practice Guidelines Updated for C.Diff Infection in Adults, Children

04/16/2018

A panel of experts was convened by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America to update the 2010 clinical practice guideline on Clostridium difficile infection in adults. The update, which has incorporated recommendations for children (following the adult recommendations for epidemi Read More . . .

Two ADE Resources Available for Download

04/16/2018

The HIIN Collection of ADE Best Practices & Resources from the Adverse Drug Event Affinity Group is available for download.Pathways to Safer Opioid Use is an interactive training that promotes the appropriate, safe, and effective use of opioids to manage chronic pain. It’s based on the opioid-related recommendations in the Read More . . .

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