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.
- May 20, 2015 | AHA recommends changes to FDA guidance to preserve access to drug/biological products
- May 18, 2015 | FDA alerts providers to safety concern with SGLT2 diabetes medications
- May 15, 2015 | AHRQ: Mental health costs rising faster than for other high-cost conditions
- May 15, 2015 | CMS to transition Physician Quality Reporting System to Enterprise Portal
- May 11, 2015 | Indiana hospitals improve care, save $22.3 million
- May 11, 2015 | HRSA rule to allow people with HIV to donate organs to people with HIV
- May 6, 2015 | CMS issues 'strategic vision' for physician quality reporting programs
- May 6, 2015 | Coalition: 42% of Medicare FFS payments were value-oriented in 2013
- May 5, 2015 | CMS updates electronic clinical quality measures for 2016 reporting
- May 5, 2015 | GAO names new members to Health IT Policy, PCORI committees
- May 20, 2015 | Appropriate Use of Medical Resources: Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
- May 04, 2015 | Issue Brief: Zeroing in on the Triple Aim
- Apr 29, 2015 | Medicare Inpatient PPS: The Proposed Rule for FY 2016
- Apr 29, 2015 | Medicare Inpatient PPS: The Proposed Rule For FY 2016
- Apr 13, 2015 | Hospital Compare Star Ratings and Other New Hospital Rankings Coming Soon
- Apr 08, 2015 | Hospital groups to CMS re: the National Quality Forum transition of care measures
- Mar 19, 2015 | TrendWatch: Rethinking the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
- Mar 11, 2015 | Bills Introduced to Improve Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP)
- Mar 10, 2015 | Statement on Establishing Beneficiary Equity in the Hospital Readmission Program Act
- Feb 25, 2015 | AHA comments to CMS: Measure selection for Hospital Compare star ratings
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.