Insights and Analysis

Feb 13, 2018
Hospital and health system leaders must continue to focus on internal and community partnerships that drive the most affordable, accessible and social changes possible in a population health environment, a panel of hospital and health system leaders said at a recent AHA Executive Forum in Chicago…
Feb 15, 2018
On Thursdays, we will highlight an oral history featuring health care leaders who shaped the past and laid the foundation for the future. Since 1978, the AHA has conducted more than 100 interviews as part of this project and transcripts are available in the oral history collection on the AHA’s…
Feb 14, 2018
Nurse Watch is compiled in conjunction with the AHA’s American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) and highlights articles of interest to nurse leaders, nursing professionals and other health care leaders. For more about AONE, visit aone.org. Vacationing Nurse Drops Everything to Help…
Feb 14, 2018
Watch the smoke rising from a candle just extinguished in still air. It will rise in a straight line, then begin to break up into lively eddies and vortexes. The straight line is a laminar flow. That second phase is turbulence. You'll see the same pattern emerge on the backside of rocks in flowing…
Feb 14, 2018
Treatment, housing and employment opportunities – not incarceration – are what helps people overcome substance use disorder (SUD), says Muriel Castiel, M.D., the health and human services commissioner for Worcester, Mass. “For ages, what we have been doing is incarcerating people for their…
Feb 13, 2018
The physical environment of hospitals and other health care facilities can contribute to efforts to reduce the risk of health care-associated infections (HAIs). From the placement of hand sanitizer to maximize use to managing water systems to minimize pathogens, the physical environment plays an…
Feb 12, 2018
At the AHA, we believe that tackling health disparities and promoting diversity in health care leadership is critical to ensuring the highest quality of care for everyone. That’s why we are proud to announce that all AHA hospital and health system members are now members of the newly renamed…
Feb 8, 2018
Merit-based Incentive Payment System Alternative Payment Models that use population health strategies can reduce patient costs and add benefits for hospitals and health systems, Lee McCall, CEO of Neshoba County General Hospital in Philadelphia, MS, and Don Wee, CEO of Tri-State Memorial Hospital…
Feb 8, 2018
Transitional care strategies can help rural hospitals manage care for medically and socially complex patients, or "super utilizers," panelists said yesterday at the AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference in Phoenix. AHA Board Member Jason Spring, chief strategic officer of Kalispell (MN)…
Feb 8, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. said that of all the forms of inequity, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. Black History Month is the perfect time to reflect on Dr. King’s words – and to talk about what the AHA’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity is doing to help you end…