Quality and Patient Safety

Delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting is the core mission of hospitals across the country. The AHA is committed to helping members improve the quality of care they deliver every day. We do so by providing information and assistance on how to improve care and by working with federal lawmakers, regulators and research agencies to create a policy environment on which quality and safety can thrive. 

Please come back to this site often to see the latest news from the field and updates on AHA policy and advocacy. Click on the tabs below to check out the full range of resources available from the many different AHA initiatives addressing improvement in quality and patient safety. 


Members-only recording of Oct. 11, 2016 call with the CDC and FDA

HAN 397 - CDC Advises Hospitals to Alert Patients at Risk from Contaminated Heater-Cooler Devices Used during Cardiac Surgery

FDA Safety Alert

CDC Informational Video

Additional CDC Resources, Including a Toolkit to Notify Patients and Clinicians

Issue Brief: Zeroing in on the Triple Aim 

Rethinking the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, TrendWatch, March 2015

Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program Impact Calculator

Hospital Value-based Purchasing Program Calculator

Readmissions Penalty Calculator

CMS Reconsideration Process Conference Call Resources, Held March 27, 2013

Quality is the Center of Patient Care

Hospitals Demonstrate Commitment to Quality Improvement, Trendwatch, October 2012
Chartpack (pptx)


The Health Care Leader Action Guide to Reduce Avoidable Readmissions is a unique guide for hospital leaders that gathers the strategies found in the main interventions for lowering the rate of avoidable readmissions and synthesizes them into one easy-to-use resource. This free, downloadable guide was developed after a collaborative meeting with leaders on the subject. It was funded and produced by the Commonwealth Fund, the John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association. You can download it at www.hret.org/readmissions.




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