Patient Safety Articles
- After July 16, 2018, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) will no longer be available.
Due to the scheduled, July 16, 2018 end date for AHRQ's NGC contract, they are no longer accepting guidelines for inclusion. This will allow time for summaries and NEATS assessments to be posted to the NGC Web site by July, 2018. Additional information will be posted when AHRQ can announce next steps for NGC. In the meantime, contact Mary.Nix@ahrq.hhs.gov.
- Virtual humans could improve conversations at the doctor's office
Game-like simulations are training health care professionals to be more empathetic and to tackle conversations on tough topics like mental health.
- 'Nightmare bacteria' are trying to spread in the U.S., CDC says
Aggressive testing at hospitals and clinics can stop superbugs
- 'Nightmare Bacteria' Stalk U.S. Hospitals The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected more than 220 cases last year of a rare breed of "nightmare bacteria."
- New Report Reveals Positive Impact of Michigan Hospitals on State's Communities, Economies
Michigan hospitals collectively invested more than $3 billion in total community benefits according to a new report released by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association.
- Report Shows Healthcare is Michigan's Largest Private-sector Employer
A new report from the Partnership for Michigan’s Health shows that healthcare directly employed more than 603,000 Michigan residents in 2016, making healthcare the largest private-sector employer in the state.
- Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2018
Patient safety is a top priority for every healthcare organization, but knowing where to direct patient safety initiatives can be a daunting task.
- Opioid Overdoses Treated in Emergency Departments
CDC Report reviews actions to address increasing opioid overdoses seen in emergency departments.
- Moody's: Nursing shortage hits hospital margins hard
Hospitals across the country are suffering financially as the nursing shortage worsens, according to a new report from Moody’s Investor Service.
Utilization Review Accreditation Commission website
- December 2017 updates to Evidence Based Reports
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) posts
- Precision Medical Treatments Have A Quality Control Problem
You might not suspect that the success of the emerging field of precision medicine depends heavily on the couriers who push carts down hospital halls.
- CMS updates guidance for long term care facility surveyors State Operations Manual
- Team Approach to Health Care Means New Role for Doctors When patients go to see Dr. C.T. Lin for a checkup, they don't see just Dr. Lin. They see Dr. Lin and Becky
- NCQA Updates Quality Measures for HEDIS 2018 Changes include seven new measures; two address opioid use
- Stop Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries (STEADI)
There are specific things that you, as their health care provider, can do to reduce their chances of falling.
- MedPAC considers giving hospital discharge planners bigger role in placing nursing home residents
Almost half of skilled nursing facility residents had five or more higher-quality facilities available in their area that they were not directed to by a discharging hospital, a federal panel shared last week.
- 26% of readmissions are medication related, study shows
Researchers studied the impact of a quality improvement practice designed to identify and categorize potentially preventable medication-related hospital admissions.
- HHS study will measure how widespread mental illness is in U.S. HHS is planning to launch a national evaluation to determine how prevalent mental illness is in the United States.
- PET scans show many Alzheimer's patients may not actually have the disease
A significant portion of people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are taking medication for Alzheimer's may not actually have the disease.
- American Hospital Association's Strategic Plan
2017-2020 Strategic Plan and 2017 Environmental Scan
- FDA proposes ban on most powdered medical gloves
While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them, which cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling.
- FDA proposes ban on electrical stimulation devices intended to treat self-injurious or aggressive behavior
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced a proposal to ban electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used for self-injurious or aggressive behavior because they present an unreasonable and substantial risk to public health that cannot be corrected or eliminated through changes to the labeling.
- Telehealth Enhances Care in Rural Communities Intermountain Healthcare rolls out four telehealth programs that provide patients with expertise when a specialist is not available locally.
- Federally-Listed PSOs Below is a list of PSOs that are currently listed by AHRQ. A health care provider can only obtain the confidentiality and privilege protections of the Patient Safety Act by working with a Federally-listed PSO.
- Better handoff communication reduces medical errors A new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows hospitals can significantly reduce medical errors by adopting standardized communication during patient handoffs without burdening existing workflows.
- How ACOs Can Improve Patient Engagement Although Medicare's Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have improved quality and netted savings, they must improve their patient engagement strategies, according to a Brookings Institution blog post.
- USDA Awards $8.6 Million in Telehealth Grants to Rural Areas Rural communities are getting a boost to improve healthcare and educational services with the help of a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- A Randomized Trial on Screening for Social Determinants of Health: the iScreen Study There is growing interest in clinical screening for pediatric social determinants of health, but little evidence on formats that maximize disclosure rates on a wide range of potentially sensitive topics.
- 8 hospital actions for stronger patient engagement Gordon and Better Moore Foundation roadmap fosters sustainable ways to improve healthcare delivery
- The price of the ICD-10 delay As the debate took place over whether the transfer to the ICD-10 code set should be delayed or go on as scheduled, one statistic was often repeated: a one-year delay would cost the healthcare system between $1 billion and $6.6 billion.
- Hospitals are sharing data to save lives new report shows over the past five years, 350 hospitals have saved more than $11 billion and nearly 150,000 lives by following best practices like how to treat pneumonia and hospital acquired infections.
- Are There Enough Doctors for the Newly Insured? According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), unless something changes rapidly, there will be a shortage of 45,000 primary care doctors in the United States (as well as a shortfall of 46,000 specialists) by 2020.
- The aging of the rural primary care physician workforce: will some locations be more affected than others? New data out on rural physician shortages from University of Washington Rural Health Research Center
- Are Today's New Surgeons Unprepared? For the past decade, in response to increasing pressure from politicians, unions and sleep experts, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, the organization responsible for accrediting American medical and surgical training programs, has been working to cap the hours that residents work.
- The U.S. Government & Global Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Emerging infectious diseases represent an ongoing threat to the health and livelihoods of people everywhere, including those of Americans. Governments, multilateral institutions, and other organizations have increasingly recognized the threat such diseases pose and have augmented global efforts to prepare for and address them; the U.S. government has been a key supporter of these activities.
- The Impact Of Health Information Technology And e-Health On The Future Demand For Physician Services
- Reconfiguring Health Workforce Policy So That Education, Training, And Actual Delivery Of Care Are Closely Connected
- An Aging Population And Growing Disease Burden Will Require A Large And Specialized Health Care Workforce By 2025
- NCQA Quality Profiles: Focus on Patient-Centered Medical Home