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Quality Summit Registration Open

05/15/2017

OHA’s 10th annual Quality Summit will be held June 14 as part of the OHA Annual Meeting & Education Summit June 12-14 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. The three-day event includes more than 70 educational sessions offering numerous continuing education credit options in addition to annual recognition events. Additional qu Read More . . .

New Toolkits Address Equity of Care

05/15/2017

To assure each individual receives the highest level of care possible, the American Hospital Association and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have launched nationwide toolkits to address equity of care. AHA last year launched the #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities. The pledge campa Read More . . .

Adverse Drug Event: Glycemic Management

05/15/2017

In a February survey, OHA solicited your responses on Glycemic Management. Of the 50 hospital respondents, 68 percent were currently reporting on Glycemic Management, and 18 percent were working on development of a reporting mechanism. The remaining 14 percent were not currently collecting Glycemic Management Data. To improve ease o Read More . . .

Health Literacy Initiative Shows Immediate Impact on Readmissions

05/15/2017

OhioHealth Doctors Hospital’s Health Literacy Program was developed to address gaps in care for patients with impairments in health literacy. This impairment currently impacts approximately one-third of U.S. individuals. Limited health literacy has been shown to be associated with numerous negative quality outcomes, including Read More . . .

Hand Hygiene Training Tools Available

05/15/2017

New resources are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Clean Hands Count campaign. The CDC introduced the Clean Hands Count campaign in 2016 to promote hand hygiene in health care settings. The campaign provides free materials, including: A video, stickers and a soon-to-launch, free educationa Read More . . .

Watch for the New OHA HIIN CEO Dashboard

04/17/2017

OHA HIIN is creating an OHA HIIN CEO dashboard illustrating the progress the hospital has made on the HIIN outcome metrics. Each CEO will receive the hospital’s dashboard at the end of April. It uses a 2014 baseline unless otherwise indicated with the comparison data being third quarter 2016. It also provides the overall OHA H Read More . . .

Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism, or VTE

04/17/2017

A survey completed in February addressed the preferred process measure for VTE. The results were close but VTE-5 had the most votes for ease of data collection (although no longer required for reporting by CMS). Outcome Measure:  Outcome: Incidence of Potentially Preventable Hospital-Acquired VTE: (VTE-6) Nume Read More . . .

Registration Open for OHA Annual Meeting – Transforming Health Care in Ohio

04/17/2017

The Ohio Hospital Association invites employees, medical staff, trustees and volunteers of OHA member hospitals and health systems and OHA Corporate Partners to register for the 2017 OHA Annual Meeting June 12-14 in Columbus. The OHA Annual Meeting offers a premier opportunity for health care providers and administrators at all lev Read More . . .

Join Update Webinar from National Healthcare Safety Network Conference April 27

04/17/2017

Health Services Advisory Group will provide an updated on the latest news from the National Healthcare Safety Network conference 1-2 p.m. April 27. Specifically, attendees will gain insights on health care-associated infections, health care process measures, progress of prevention efforts and news regarding the value-based payment p Read More . . .

Lessons Learned with Mercy Health’s CDI Strategy

04/17/2017

In November 2014 Mercy Health Anderson, Clermont, Fairfield, Jewish and West Hospitals evaluated the incidence of Clostridium difficile events by conducting onsite evaluations, providing recommendations for consideration and providing a final presentation for facility leadership in each of the five hospitals.C. Diff Assessment: Read More . . .

Poster Presentation Showcase Offered at OHA Quality Summit June 14

04/17/2017

The 10th annual OHA Quality Summit will be held on the third day of the OHA Annual Meeting, June 14, recognizing Ohio hospitals' and health systems’ commitment to evidence-based practice and high-quality care.   The Summit’s poster showcase is an opportunity to highlight best practices and feature your h Read More . . .

New OHA Report Highlights Ohio Hospitals’ Quality Work

03/27/2017

The Ohio Hospital Association’s new Hospital Insights report summarizes the quality improvement work of our hospital collaboratives over the past five years to improve outcomes for patients and save billions in health care costs.   From 2012 through 2016, OHA’s hospital collaboratives engaged more than 100 Ohio ho Read More . . .

Save the Dates June 12-14 for 2017 OHA Annual Meeting

03/27/2017

Employees of OHA member hospitals are invited to attend the 2017 OHA Annual Meeting, June 12-14, in Columbus. The three-day event features more than 70 educational sessions and is a premier opportunity for health care providers and administrators at all levels to gain valuable insight about statewide industry trends, earn conti Read More . . .

Lake Health Addresses SSI Reduction, Prevention in OHA Webinar

03/27/2017

Infection Preventionists Karen Mrazik and Elizabeth Reed from Lake Health TriPoint and West Medical Centers on March 22 presented an OHA HIIN webinar on Surgical Site Infections (SSI) reduction and prevention strategies.   Lake Health’s best practices in hospital acquired infections, or HAI, prevention are a result of a Read More . . .

Memorial Health Uses ERAS to Improve Patient Safety

03/27/2017

Jody Bullman, MSN, RN, Senior Director Surgical Services, and Terri Adams, MSN, RN, CPHQ, Quality Improvement Supervisor for Memorial Health System in Marietta also presented on the OHA HIIN Webinar March 22 on the topic of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS).  ERAS is a paradigm shift in surgery and surgical care of the pa Read More . . .

Study Confirms Importance of Antimicrobial Stewardship for Controlling C. Difficile Infections

03/27/2017

A study in Lancet Infectious Diseases published Jan. 24 stated appropriate antibiotic stewardship "is, and will likely remain, central to the control of C. [Clostridium] difficile infections.” The researchers evaluated an antibiotic-resistant C. difficile strain that caused infection outbreaks in England from 1998 to 2006 Read More . . .

FDA Warns of Reaction to Antiseptic Products with Chlorhexidine Gluconate

03/27/2017

The Food and Drug Administration warned that products containing chlorhexidine gluconate can cause rare but serious allergic reactions. “Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years,” the agency said.   As a result, the FDA is asking Read More . . .

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