Quality and Patient Safety relates to the development of Medicare hospital value based purchasing, payment policies regarding health care-acquired conditions, payment policies regarding hospital readmissions, and development of additional quality measures and public reporting.
In December, CHA News included an article about the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization’s (CHPSO) participation in the international effort to create standards for replacing Luer connectors for non-intravenous uses. On March 26, CHPSO will host a webinar, open to all hospitals, to discuss the new connectors, the planned industry-wide rollout and steps hospitals can take for a successful transition. For additional webinar information and to register, visit www.chpso.org/event/syringes-infusion-lines-big-changes-ahead.
The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) has announced the launch of www.HQInstitute.org, its new website that allows visitors to:
Discover the direction HQI is headed in bringing key resources together with a shared vision to assist hospitals with quality improvement goals to eliminate harm, improve clinical effectiveness and increase reliability of care.
Learn current quality improvement and patient safety strategies to achieve zero defects, optimize clinical effectiveness and enhance patient and family experiences in health care.
Engage with valuable tools and take best practices to scale for a statewide culture of improvement that inspires, engages and achieves results.
Commit to habitual excellence by sharing stories of improvement and monitoring progress toward achieving the Triple Aim: better care, better health and lower cost.
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The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) was established in April 2013 to advance and accelerate patient safety and quality improvement statewide, and to advance California as a national leader in quality performance.
The Measure Application Partnership (MAP) has released its draft pre-rulemaking recommendations on performance measures under consideration for federal quality reporting and payment programs. MAP reviewed 234 measures submitted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for 20 federal programs that reimburse providers, including clinicians, hospitals and post-acute care facilities. The attached draft report includes tables that summarize MAP’s recommendations for each federal program. CHA participated in the MAP process and will prepare formal written comments reflecting member discussions held in December and submit the comments by Jan. 27. The comment period is open to the public, but comments can only be submitted by registered users of the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) website. As required by the Affordable Care Act, MAP must release its final report to HHS by Feb. 1.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the Health Care Innovation Challenge, a program to provide $1 billion in grants for innovation in workforce development and deployment. The money will be awarded to organizations that propose projects to improve the quality of care for patients enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, while lowering costs.
Individual grants will range from $1 million to $30 million over three years to providers, payers, local government, public-private partnerships and multi-payer collaboratives.