The Clinical Current

AHRQ Releases Readmission Rates Among Privately Insured Patients

June 10, 2011  | Comments (1)

Our team frequently receives questions from our members regarding readmission rates among privately insured patients. Unfortunately, the majority of research studies to date have focused on the Medicare population--until now. The Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (H*CUP)--the largest all-payer collection of hospital inpatient data in the U.S. (sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))--released a statistical brief in June 2011 "All-Cause Readmissions by Payer and Age, 2008."

The brief provides data on all-cause readmissions in 2008 by payer and age group in 15 states--accounting for 42 percent of the total U.S. resident population. Readmission rates are further broken down into 7-day, 14-day, and 30-day timeframes.

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Obama Administration Announces Partnership for Patients: What You Need to Know

May 12, 2011

As I'm sure most of you know, the Obama administration announced the launch of the Partnership for Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs in April. Since the announcement, there has been a ton of coverage in the press--much of which has been hype around the number of health care providers signing the pledge to participate and the $1 billion in funding allocated toward the initiative.

Given all the buzz, the Clinical Advisory Board wants to make sure our members are aware of the concrete implications of the partnership, how to apply for funding, and ensure that you're aware of how the Clinical Advisory Board can support you in these endeavors.

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Institute for Safe Medication Practices Releases 2011 Medication Safety Self Assessment for Hospitals

April 27, 2011

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices has released the 2011 ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment for Hospitals, providing an update to the 2004 assessment. The tool is designed to assist hospitals in evaluating the safety of current medication practices, pinpoint areas for improvement, and compare performance with other hospitals.

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Clinical Advisory Board 2011 national meeting research survey

October 15, 2010

With elections just a few weeks away, the Clinical Advisory Board would like to offer you an early voting opportunity to weigh in on potential topics for the 2011 national meeting series. 

The last 18 months have certainly been a dynamic time for the industry, and we'd greatly appreciate your guidance as we round out our research agenda for the year ahead. The survey should not take any more than 10 minutes of your time and can be accessed via the link below.

In the meantime, if you have questions about the survey topics or would like to participate in a research interview with our team, please feel free to contact me directly.

Thanks in advance for your time!

Sara Sanchez

Harnessing the power of the simple whiteboard: A shout-out to Sentara Bayside Hospital

October 11, 2010

Last month, we highlighted a recent study led by Dr. Niraj Sehgal from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) which provided some practical advice on how to leverage the humble whiteboard to improve communication with patients and their families. We're pleased to share that this highlight was one of the most forwarded stories we have written in a while and we are incredibly thrilled to share this success story of one of our members, Sentara Bayside Hospital. 

Rather than paraphrasing the story, we wanted to share a message from Jennifer Kreiser, who was generous enough to share the whiteboard for our membership's benefit along with her organization's results.

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Joint Commission's recent contribution to hand hygiene solutions

September 20, 2010

Interested in learning how you can secure improved hand hygiene compliance rates in only 6 to 12 weeks? Yes, I know it sounds somewhat like an infomercial pitch, but just wanted to highlight a new Joint Commission hand hygiene tool that's having great success at hospitals and health systems nationwide.

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare worked with eight leading hospitals (and Advisory Board members) from across the country to develop the Targeted Solutions Tool (TST) that has been successful in driving hand hygiene compliance rates from an average of 48 percent to around 82 percent sustained for eight months. The tools guides providers through a step-by-step process that identifies the organization's baseline performance, illuminates barriers to improved compliance, and ultimately adopt proven solutions based on their organization's specific challenges. 

The TST tool is now available to Joint Commission accredited organizations through their extranet site and is already being utilized by a number of additional hospitals and health systems that are reported to be achieving similar improvements as the initial eight hospital participants. To learn more about the tool's confidential, comprehensive, and data-driven approach, please click here.

Innovations in infection control continuing to evolve

September 7, 2010

While health care workers know how important hand hygiene is to preventing the estimated 1.7 million health care associated infections (HAIs), compliance with recommend hand washing protocols only occurs about 50% of the time. Hand hygiene initiatives run the gamut in terms of educational outreach, third-person observation strategies, and now increasingly, automated electronic surveillance and reminders.

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Maximizing the impact of reminders and stop orders in reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections

September 3, 2010

While several earlier studies and anecdotal evidence have supported the benefits of using reminders to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), fewer than 10% of hospitals nationwide are believed to utilize such an approach in their infection control strategies. However, findings from a recent article in Clinical Infectious Diseases may finally provide the additional push organizations  need to better hardwire reminder interventions. Based a survey of existing studies, researchers found that the rate of CAUTI was reduced by 52% by use of catheter reminders and stop orders.

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