AHA/HRET Guides

Mar 1, 2017
There is a critical need to elevate the discussion around workforce planning and development to ensure that it becomes a standing component of comprehensive strategic planning for hospitals and health systems, and not just a response to a crisis situation. The AHA's 2016 Committee on Performance…
Feb 10, 2018
There is a critical need to elevate the discussion around workforce planning and development to ensure that it becomes a standing component of comprehensive strategic planning for hospitals and health systems, and not just a response to a crisis situation. The AHA's 2016 Committee on Performance…
Nov 15, 2017
"Transportation and the Role of Hospitals" is part of a series of guides and resources released by the AHA, HRET and ACHI on how hospitals and health systems can address the social determinants of health.
What are transportation issues that affect patients? Each year, 3.6 million people in the United States do not obtain medical care due to transportation issues. Transportation issues include lack of vehicle access, inadequate infrastructure, long distances and lengthy times to reach needed…
Oct 3, 2017
As a new generation of payment and delivery system reform emerges, much focus has been on a subset of the population referred to as high-need, high-cost patients. These patients are defined as adults who have three or more chronic diseases and functional limitations in their ability to care for…
Aug 29, 2017
This compendium features detailed descriptions of hospital-community partnerships from across the United States that have made substantial improvement addressing priority health needs in their communities. These hospitals and communities vary in location, service type, type of partners and degree…
Aug 22, 2017
“Housing and the Role of Hospitals” is the second guide released by the AHA, HRET and ACHI as part of a series on how hospitals can address the social determinants of health.
What is housing instability? Each year, there are 1.48 million homeless individuals in the United States. In addition, some individuals are not homeless but live in unstable conditions. Housing instability—a term for the continuum between homelessness and stable, secure housing—can range from…
Jul 27, 2017
Advancing population health involves fostering effective and sustainable hospital-community partnerships to better address community health issues and achieve a Culture of Health. Building a Culture of Health means creating a society that gives all individuals an equal opportunity to live the…
Jun 21, 2017
As part of our work to Advance Health in America, the AHA, HRET and ACHI are launching a series of guides on how hospitals can address the determinants of health such as food, housing and education, to improve the environment where people live, work and play. “Food Insecurity and the Role of Hospitals” is the first guide in this series.
What is food insecurity? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity is defined as a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food with either disrupted eating patterns or reduced food intake. Food insecurity, a determinant of…
Feb 14, 2017
The next generation of community health will serve as the foundation for total population health. The intersection of community health, population health and population health management – managing the health of a specific patient or clinical population – is expected to bring together multiple…
Jan 19, 2017
In response to a rapidly transforming health care environment, hospitals and health systems across the United States are exploring retail-oriented, consumer-focused care strategies.
This issue brief provides case studies from five hospitals and health systems that have entered the retail health care field. Henry Ford Health System promotes “radically convenient” access to primary care services in a range of virtual and in-person environments. Illinois Valley Community…