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 Leapfrog group that attempts to rate hospitals’ quality of care released its latest rankings last week.
The Betsy Lehman Center announced that it is creating a Patient and Family Peer Support Network to provide help for patients and families to receive support after a medical error or an adverse event.
The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure is holding a hearing today on SB.103 filed by Senator Joe Boncore (D-Winthrop) that would authorize Massachusetts to join 31 other states that have adopted the national Nurse Licen
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is updating its requirements for hospitals reporting healthcare-associated infection (HAI) data.
MHA is encouraging its member hospitals to show their exemplary work to a national audience by applying for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA’s) Quest for Quality prize.
Fifteen Massachusetts hospitals and outpatient practices have joined a pilot program aimed at helping clinicians and staff members who have been involved in an event that harmed a patient.
The Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium, led by the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety, has released a report containing 17 recommendations that hospitals and emergency departments can undertake to reduce incidences of sepsis.
The Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury (MACRMI) is holding its seventh annual CARe forum on Tuesday, May 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Joint Commission recently issued two notices.
To prevent unused prescription drugs from finding their way into the wrong hands, each year the federal Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the national Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week issued its proposed FY2020 inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system rule.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a report that identifies primary care-based strategies for reducing hospital readmissions.
Last week, The Berkshire Eagle editorial board weighed in on the proposal to tax sugary drinks.
Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association encouraged legislation to reduce children’s consumption of sugary drinks.
The star system to rate hospitals is essentially meaningless, gives an inaccurate view of quality, and should just be scrapped, according to a letter MHA sent to CMS last Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting a nationwide outbreak of hepatitis A.
The state’s Center for Health Information & Analysis (CHIA) last Tuesday released hospital-specific readmission profiles for each acute care hospital in the state.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission submitted its mandated annual report to Congress last week, and once again called for a total revamping of Medicare’s hospital quality programs.
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that relatives of those killed in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School can proceed with their suit against gun manufacturers.
This week, March 10 through 16 is Patient Safety Awareness Week.

Click on the link below for the MMS-MHA Joint Task Force on Physician Burnout and Reliant Medical Group white paper on EHR best practices to reduce clinician burnout (April 2019).

Click on the link below for the MMS/HSPH/MHA report on physician burnout (January 2019).


Click on the link below to see The Massachusetts Behavioral Health System Report: Implications of Mandated Nurse Staffing Ratios (August 2018).