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.
The Boston Globe had a strong article last week by reporter Liz Kowalczyk highlighting the ongoing problem of ED “boarding.”
The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted unanimously last Wednesday to pass a sweeping, multi-part bill to fight the opioid crisis.
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A conference committee will now attempt to resolve differences between the House bill and legislation from the Senate passed last year.
The American Medical Association’s (AMA’s) House of Delegates met last week and adopted a series of positions, including those addressing gun violence and pharmaceutical shortages.
CMS will not update Hospital Compare’s quality star ratings in July as scheduled.
Kim Hollon, president & CEO of Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, was presented with the prestigious 2018 William L. Lane Hospital Advocate Award.
A National Steering Committee for Patient Safety will create a coordinated national action plan to prevent healthcare harm.
The Commonwealth Fund’s most recent Scorecard on State Health System Performance places Massachusetts at number 2 in the nation – up from fifth place in 2017.
UMass Memorial Medical Center was one of three finalists for the prestigious 2017 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service.
MHA has informed the HPC about patient safety and cost considerations related to insurance companies’ drug policies.
An independent study of mandated nurse staffing ratios found that the proposed ballot question will conservatively cost the state’s healthcare system $1.31 billion in the first year, and $900 million annually thereafter.
Over the past year, MHA has worked with its membership across the commonwealth to address issues of workplace safety and wellbeing.
MHA President and CEO Steve Walsh attended the kickoff event of the Freedom for All Massachusetts Coalition.
Last Monday, April 30, approximately 180 opponents of government-mandated nurse staffing ratios attended a hearing on ratio legislation before the Joint Committee on Public Health.
The IPPS proposed rule would significantly reduce the number of quality measures hospitals have to report.
A team at Brigham & Women’s Hospital has developed a series of timed steps that providers can take to ensure that ED patients with mild dehydration can rehydrate by drinking fluids.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is accepting applications for grants totaling up to $200,000 for up to five years.
The new transparency website from the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) is nearing completion.
The Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury's annual forum is May 15.