Quality & Safety

A key tenet of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association is to ensure that quality and safety topics are high-priority, visible efforts of healthcare leadership. Ways to do this include the integration of proven patient safety strategies into healthcare processes of care; the monitoring and reporting progress on efforts to improve quality of care and patient safety; and measuring improvement over time on specific endeavors.
Massachusetts DPH and the Mass. Adult Immunization Coalition will hold the 23rd Annual Mass. Adult Immunization Conference on Tuesday, April 10.
BORN has sent notice informing nurses that an e-learning tool on domestic and sexual violence is not yet up and running.
DPH reported last week that influenza-like illness was “widespread” in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts is the healthiest state in the union, according to a new survey from United Health foundation.
HB2180 Relative to Patient Choice to Promote Prescription Safety
HB565 Relative to Opioid Prescribing Practices and Access to Pain Management
Healthcare groups around the state, including MHA, are redoubling their efforts to address dementia care.
Caring for specific populations can be daunting in today’s fast-paced environment.
DPH notified providers last week that it has noticed an increase in HIV infections in people who inject drugs.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association’s attempt to violate Brigham and Women’ Hospital’s mandatory flu vaccination policy was rejected by a Suffolk Superior Court judge.
A study released last week in JAMA Cardiology confirmed what many previous studies have proposed: for certain conditions there may be unintended consequences associated with the effort to reduce readmissions – namely, increased mortality.
Congratulations to Rana Awdish, M.D., the recipient of the 2017 National Compassionate Caregiver of the Year presented by the Schwartz Center at its annual dinner November 16.
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
The healthcare “cost-containment and reform” bill that the Massachusetts Senate passed at midnight last Thursday offer some positive steps forward, but also areas of concern.
HB2167 An Act to Improve Health Care Costs for Employers and Consumers
Senate leaders unveiled a 159-section, 101-page healthcare reform bill on Tuesday that addresses behavioral health, provider price variation, readmissions, the scope of practice for various health professions, and telemedicine – among a host of other
HB1974/HB1981 would create a significant burden and increased costs on both phlebotomists and hospitals that rely upon phlebotomist services.
This week, both branches of the legislature adopted provisions in separate supplemental budgets that would ban devices attached to a firearm that are designed to increase the weapon’s rate of discharge.
Quality improvement leaders from Massachusetts hospitals and patient safety organizations met at MHA headquarters in Burlington on Wednesday to have a focused conversation on whether to, and how to, align the numerous healthcare quality initiatives n
MHA, the Organization of Nurse Leaders of MA, RI, NH, CT & VT, and the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts have posted the latest available national quality performance measures for both hospitals and home healthcare agencies in Massachusetts.

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