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.
- Feb 5, 2016 | AHA urges CMS to share, apply lessons learned from eCQM demonstrations
- Feb 4, 2016 | Reminder: Hospitals can preview overall star ratings, other quality data through Feb. 14
- Feb 3, 2016 | CMS data system for post-acute care down for five days next month
- Feb 3, 2016 | MHA releases readmission data adjusted for sociodemographic status
- Feb 3, 2016 | AHA psych section names 2016 leaders
- Feb 2, 2016 | President to propose nearly $1.1 billion to fight opioid abuse
- Feb 1, 2016 | CMS extends deadline for RFI on certification of EHRs used for quality reporting
- Jan 28, 2016 | Baxter recalls certain IV solutions
- Jan 28, 2016 | Nursing leader named 2016 TRUST Award recipient
- Jan 27, 2016 | AHA urges president to protect health care for seniors, disabled in FY 2017 budget
- Jan 27, 2016 | Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings Coming to Hospital Compare in April
- Jan 26, 2016 | AHA comments to Senate Finance Committee and CCWG on improving care for chronic conditions
- Jan 12, 2016 | AHA Comments on the Measure Applications Partnership Pre-rulemaking Draft Report
- Nov 23, 2015 | CMS Proposes Flexibility for Hospitals in Choosing Partners to Improve Patient Safety
- Sep 25, 2015 | American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Selected to Continue Improvements in Patient Safety
- Sep 16, 2015 | Aligning ICU Treatment with Patient Priorities
- Aug 25, 2015 | AHA, Health Organizations to CMS Re: Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Management Bundle Measure
- Jul 29, 2015 | Consumer Reports Publishes New Infection Rate Ratings
- Jul 20, 2015 | Four Hospitals Honored for Commitment to Quality
- Jul 20, 2015 | Medicare Outpatient PPS and ASC Proposed Rule for CY 2016
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.