Best Practices Library

These resources aim help health care leaders expand their knowledge and enhance their performance in achieving their community health goals.

The library’s information is constantly changing as documents are continuously posted. Topics go across all health care issues and cut across all health care settings.

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Patients with Opioid Use Disorder in the Outpatient and Emergency Settings

Oct 4, 2019
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Perioperative Specialty RN Training Pilot Project Final Report

Sep 25, 2019
With the the AHA’s professional membership group the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA), the AHA's Workforce Center supports hospital and health system employee
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The Value Initiative Members in Action: Adventist Health Castle – Kailua, Hawaii

Sep 13, 2019
Adventist Health Castle – Kailua, Hawaii Empathy Initiative Improves Outcomes and Workforce Engagement
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Ervin Stewart’s Rehabilitation Journey - Cleveland Clinic and Select Medical | Akron, Ohio

Sep 12, 2019
Ervin Stewart was rushed to Cleveland Clinic Akron General and diagnosed with a stroke. Ten days later, he stabilized and was ready for the next phase of his recovery.
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St. Joseph’s Health Integrates into Trinity Health, Benefiting Community

Sep 12, 2019
St. Joseph’s Health in Syracuse, N.Y., joined Trinity Health four years ago, resulting in operational efficiencies, enhanced community health and improved clinical services.
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Program Helps Norwegian American Hospital Provide Paths to Leadership

Sep 4, 2019
As physicians take on increasing levels of executive responsibility within hospitals, their skills need to evolve with their role. While caring for patients will always be paramount, other skills related to cross-functional collaboration, conflict resolution, managing to metrics and long-term strategy become equally important. Norwegian American Hospital, a 200-bed safety-net hospital in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, recognized this need within its organization and embarked on a professional development partnership with the American Hospital Association that will help it engage and develop physicians to build a pipeline of future leaders.
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Aug. 20 Webinar on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for CY 2020

Aug 27, 2019
The AHA Aug. 20 at 12:30 p.m. ET held a webinar for members on which AHA leaders discussed the recently released CY 2020 PFS proposed rule that would update physician fee schedule rates by 0.14% in calendar year 2020 and implement several changes to payment and documentation for physician services
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Physician Alliance Well-Being Case Study: Atlantic Medical Group

Aug 26, 2019
A component of the Atlantic Health System in northern New Jersey, Atlantic Medical Group (AMG) comprises 3,500 employees covering 316 locations and over 65 specialties.
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MacNeal Hospital – Integration into Loyola Medicine/Trinity Health One-Year Progress Review – June 2019

Aug 21, 2019
In March of 2018, MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn, Ill., joined Loyola Medicine, part of Trinity Health, resulting in a number of immediate benefits for the community. Read more in this case example.
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The Value Initiative Members in Action: Baylor Scott & White Health – Dallas, Texas

Aug 5, 2019
Baylor Scott & White Health’s Community Advocates Program trains undergraduate student volunteers to screen patients for their medical and social needs and link them to existing resources in the community.
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The Value Initiative Members in Action: Integrated Healthcare Associates, Trinity Health – Ann Arbor, Mich.

Aug 5, 2019
IHA implemented a social determinants of health screening and referral program in an effort to connect with patients, and meet the requirements of the State Innovation Model Patient-Centered Medical Home Initiative.
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Members in Action Case Study: Penn Center for Community Health Workers

Jul 10, 2019
Penn Medicine’s Center for Community Health Workers (PCCHW) has served as a national center of excellence for community health worker (CHW) research, patient care and dissemination. The Center designed IMPaCT, a standardized, scalable, evidence-based CHW model of care, to help health care organizations reach beyond their own walls to help low-income patients address the root causes of their poor health.
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The Value Initiative Members In Action: Nationwide Children’s Hospital – Columbus, Ohio

Jul 2, 2019
Nationwide Children’s Hospital wanted to make its surrounding neighborhoods a better place to live and work for its patients and employees.
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The Value Initiative Members In Action: Atrium Health – Charlotte, N.C.

Jul 2, 2019
To increase access to behavioral health care, Atrium Health employs a virtual behavioral health integration program at 36 of its primary care and pediatric sites.
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Achieving Success in Bundled Payment Programs: Employing Systemic Action

Jun 24, 2019
Kevin Bozic, M.D., Dell Medical School at UT Austin, and Mac Hogan, M.D., UPMC, discussed how to leverage bundled payment programs to review and redesign care processes at a systems level in order to be more focused on patient outcomes. Watch the recording now to learn more on this topic.
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“Little Leaps” program fosters engagement and awareness on child development

May 31, 2019
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St. Jude Medical Center’s collaboratives improve community health

May 31, 2019
When the Sisters of St. Joseph were founded in 1650, Fr. Medaille asked the original Sisters to go into their neighborhoods, identify the needs of the poor and work with partners to meet them. Over the past two decades, St. Jude Medical Center has carried on this heritage by helping to start and support four community collaboratives to address the needs of today.
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Children’s National celebrates CHI Week in their community

May 31, 2019
Children’s National Health System, a pediatric health system in Washington, D.C, celebrated Community Health Improvement Week by engaging the community and recognizing the professionals and partnerships dedicated to improving community health.
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The Value Initiative: New Ulm Medical Center – New Ulm, Minn.

May 30, 2019
New Ulm Medical Center – New Ulm, Minn.
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Members In Action Case Study: Behavioral Health Suite In Ed Better Serves Patients

May 28, 2019
In February 2018, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital set up an integrated behavioral health suite within its emergency department to better serve patients experiencing behavioral health emergencies.
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Achieving Success in Bundled Payment Programs: Measuring Success

May 3, 2019
After navigating the data, engaging new partners, and employing action at a systems level, next comes the ultimate questions: Are the changes successful and how does one measure success?
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Achieving Success in Bundled Payment Programs: Using Data to Drive Intentional Action

May 3, 2019
Navigating how to use data to drive strategies for bundled care redesign can be overwhelming.
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Market Trends in Bundled Payments

May 3, 2019
The AHA Center for Health Innovation, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics (CHIBE), hosted a two-part introductory webinar series on bundled payments in the fall of 2018 called “Bundled Payments: Learning in Action Series.”
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Physician Alliance Well-Being Case Studies: Members in Action

Apr 26, 2019
The AHA Physician Alliance’s Members in Action series spotlights hospitals and health systems that are implementing strategies to improve the health of clinicians and reduce administrative burden
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The Value Initiative Members In Action: PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center – Florence, Ore.

Apr 26, 2019
PeaceHealth Peace Harbor Medical Center – Florence, Ore. Critical access hospital engages paramedics to improve care through home visits  
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The Value Initiative Members In Action: Johns Hopkins Health System – Baltimore, Md.

Apr 26, 2019
Johns Hopkins Health System – Baltimore, Md. Implementing Evidence-based Practice Improves Care, Reduces Cost
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The Value Initiative Members In Action: Midland Memorial Hospital – Midland, Texas

Apr 1, 2019
Midland Memorial Hospital – Midland, Texas Predictive analytics creates value through nurse staffing system
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The Value Initiative Members In Action: 15 Hospitals in North Carolina and South Carolina

Apr 1, 2019
15 Hospitals in North Carolina and South Carolina Transforming Care in the Carolinas
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The Value Initiative Members in Action: Presbyterian Healthcare Services – Albuquerque, NM

Apr 1, 2019
Presbyterian Healthcare Services – Albuquerque, NM Holistic Partnership Improves Outcomes for Patients with Substance Use Disorders
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Prescribe Safe Initiative: Combating Opioid Abuse webinar

Mar 11, 2019
March 12 at 2PM ET Join the AHA's Section for Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Services and AHA’s Physician Alliance on March 12 at 2 p.m.
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AHA Value Initiative Members in Action: Texas Health CoLab at Dell Medical School – Austin, TX

Mar 6, 2019
Texas Health CoLab at Dell Medical School – Austin, TX
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AHA Value Initiative Members In Action: Montefiore Health System - The Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, N.Y.

Feb 11, 2019
Montefiore Health System uses the Collaborative Care Model to better serve patients with significant medical and mental health conditions and socioeconomic challenges.
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AHA Value Initiative Members in Action: Columbus Community Hospital – Columbus, NE

Jan 29, 2019
Columbus Community Hospital – Columbus, NE Interdisciplinary Teams Reduce Readmissions
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AHA Value Initiative Members in Action: Spectrum Health – Grand Rapids, MI

Jan 29, 2019
Spectrum Health – Grand Rapids, MI Telehealth Program Reduces Costs and Decreases Patient Transfers
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AHA Value Initiative Members in Action: Spectrum Health – Grand Rapids, MI

Jan 29, 2019
Spectrum Health – Grand Rapids, MI Telehealth Program Reduces Costs and Decreases Patient Transfers
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Achieving Success in Bundled Payment Programs: Identifying and Engaging in Partnerships to Improve Care

Jan 28, 2019
Identifying and engaging in the most effective clinical partnerships for improving care through bundled payment models redesign are crucial to success in driving better outcomes.
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Partnering to Address Behavioral Health: A Deep Dive into Hospital/Health System Partnerships with Community Behavioral Health

Jan 25, 2019
Partnering to Address Behavioral Health: A Deep Dive into Hospital/Health System Partnerships with Community Behavioral Health featuring Dr. Wayne Sparks, Senior Medical Director, Behavioral Care at Atrium Health and Victor Armstrong, MSW, Vice President, Behavioral Health with Atrium Health and serves as Facility Executive of Behavioral Health in Charlotte, NC.
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Physician Alliance Well-Being Case Study: Trinity Health System

Jan 4, 2019
Trinity Health is the nation’s second-largest national Catholic health system with a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within communities across 22 states. To comply with evaluation and management (E/M) billing requirements, Trinity had revised its history of present illness (HPI) documentation policy in 2012 to exclude the use of ancillary staff notes.
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The Value Initiative Members In Action 2018 Summary

Dec 13, 2018
The AHA’s Members in Action series spotlights hospitals and health systems that are implementing new value-based strategies to improve health care affordability. This PDF is a synopsis of 2018; read the full case studies here.
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Members in Action Case Study: Reducing Infant Mortality: Maternal and Infant Outreach

Dec 7, 2018
Parkview Hospital is one of the oldest – and only remaining – nonprofit hospitals in northeast Indiana. Parkview has a long history of community engagement based on reaching out and collaborating with community leaders and nonprofit agencies to deliver services, increase access, and address the social determinants of health. The Maternal and Infant Outreach initiative is offered in partnership with multiple social services agencies aimed at reducing infant mortality by providing resources to expectant and new mothers, including Healthy Families, Associated Churches, A Hope Pregnancy Center, Beds and Britches, Etc., SCAN, and the Neighborhood Health Clinic.
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Members in Action Case Study: Welcome Baby Program Partnership

Dec 7, 2018
The Welcome Baby Program is part of a community network of programs that work together to provide supportive services to families with newborns.
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Members in Action Case Study: Healthy Beginnings

Dec 7, 2018
Overview About eight out of 1,000 babies born in Delaware die before their first birthday, compared with a national rate of about six out of 1,000.