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.
DPH reminds providers that mandatory reporting of possible cases of unexplained e-cigarette or vaping-associated lung injury remains in effect.
As the nation honors the men and women who have served in the armed forces, it’s appropriate to recognize the special health challenges many veterans face.
About 59% of U.S. hospitals participate in a patient safety organization (PSO) program, according to an analysis from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
CHIA released its second report on behavioral health and readmissions in Massachusetts acute care hospitals.
The Centers for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) released its second report on behavioral health and readmissions in Massachusetts acute care hospitals.
Two bills scheduled for action next session would permanently ban all flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, vaping products, and menthol cigarettes.
Massachusetts is seeking input on the design of a new initiative called “Moving Massachusetts Upstream” (MassUP).
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors is seeking proposals for presentation at its April 29, 2020, Forum at the Doubletree in Westborough.
The Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium, of which MHA is a member, last Thursday launched its statewide public awareness campaign called Sepsis Smart.
On Tuesday, the Joint Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing regarding telemedicine.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center has designated Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital as a “Magnet” facility.
The Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution Following Medical Injury (MACRMI) is available to help all Massachusetts healthcare organizations get a CARe program up and running for free.
Where you live affects your health.
Cambridge Health Alliance undertook an Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality-sponsored 15-month safety improvement program to reduce infections in the ICU at its Cambridge and Everett hospitals.
The Coalition for Action on Obesity – of which MHA is a member – recognized National Obesity Care Week last Wednesday with a presentation at the State House and release of a white paper .
A Massachusetts patient, caregiver, and advocate were among those testifying last Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Reform about the Trump Administration’s termination of the deferred action program.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued the 2019-20 influenza vaccine recommendations.
Massachusetts Department of Public Health last Wednesday mandated that all healthcare providers report all diagnosed or suspected cases of unexplained vaping-associated pulmonary disease to DPH.
A new report authored by Charles River Associates presents evidence that hospital mergers – often described as harmful to competition – may in fact reduce healthcare costs and improve the quality of care.
MHA’s VP of Clinical Affairs Patricia Noga, R.N., PhD, has been selected to serve on the Executive Office of Health & Human Services Quality Measure Alignment Taskforce.

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).