By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:35 AM
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is collaborating with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), which will merge with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in May, to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 12-18) through a series of activities recognizing the importance of keeping patients safe in all health care settings:

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:28 AM
Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), which is intended to ensure that accurate, error-free and understandable prescriptions are sent directly to pharmacies, was found to lower the risks among diabetes patients of experiencing adverse drug events (ADEs) that required emergency department visits or hospitalizations. In an AHRQ-supported article, researchers examined 2011–2013 data for 3.1 million Medicare Part D beneficiaries who were 66 or older and had taken antidiabetes medications for at least 90 days.

Their analysis, published in Medical Care, showed 21 ADEs per 1,000 beneficiaries who had at least 75 percent of their medications e-prescribed. Beneficiaries with less e-prescribing, meanwhile, had more adverse drug events — with the highest rate, 44 events per 1,000 diabetes patients, occurring for those patients who had 0.1 percent to 24.9 percent of their prescriptions handled electronically.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:25 AM
Adverse drug events fell by 67,000 between 2010 and 2013 as the result of the federal “meaningful use” program that offered financial incentives to hospitals for using certified electronic health records (EHRs), according to a new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study. Adverse drug events are harms experienced by a patient as a result of exposure to a medication. They affect nearly 5 percent of hospitalized patients and can be deadly. To minimize such harms, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated the meaningful use program in 2010, awarding financial incentives to hospitals and physicians who adopted specific information technology (IT) capabilities, such as computerized prescriber order entry. The new AHRQ study in Journal of the American Informatics Association (JAMIA)...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:07 AM
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has revised online tutorials that help researchers and others use the agency’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). HCUP, the nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital data, includes national and state data on inpatient care, ambulatory care and emergency department visits. The updated HCUP Overview Course provides information about the sources of HCUP data, features of the database, software tools and products. Additional tutorials instruct users on...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 18, 2016 11:34 AM

CAUTI CLABSI Program Cover ImageThe Kentucky Hospital Association is hosting a oneday program addressing critical topics for quality leaders to strengthen your QI program and improve your CAUTI/ CLABSI measures. The event will be held at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville on August 23.

For program details, view the brochure. Online registration is open so reserve your seat today.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:37 AM
Nearly 8 million hospital patients in 2013 were discharged for postacute care in another setting such as a skilled nursing facility or home-based care, according to newly released data from AHRQ. Those patients represented 22 percent of all hospital discharges that year. AHRQ’s analysis of such care is the first based on a nationally representative all-payer dataset, the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project 2013 National Inpatient Sample. According to the analysis, Statistical Brief #205: An All-Payer View of Hospital Discharge to Postacute Care, 2013,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:49 AM
A risk prediction model designed to forecast hospital readmissions based on patients’ electronic health records (EHR) for entire hospital stays was only modestly better than a model based on EHR data for just the day of admission, according to a new AHRQ-funded study. The study on predicting 30-day, all-cause hospital readmissions was based on data from nearly 33,000 hospital stays at six Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals from 2009 to 2010.

The authors stated their model was the first to use comprehensive EHR data from entire hospital stays. That model was shown to be only modestly better at predicting risk of readmission despite including many additional clinically relevant prognostic factors. The authors noted customized models that are disease-specific may be more effective in predicting readmission compared with the common multi-condition, readmission risk prediction model.

The study “Predicting All-Cause Readmissions Using Electronic Health Record Data From the Entire Hospitalization: Model Development...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 09, 2016 9:33 AM
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Key skills may be lacking among many nurses who treat patients with urinary catheters, according to a recent AHRQ-funded study. The researchers found that recommended procedures to test for catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), a common hospital-associated infection, are not followed in many cases. Collecting specimens for urine culture is a key part of testing for CAUTI, requiring proper procedures for arriving at accurate results and keeping patients safe. Of 394 nurses studied, 76 percent reported receiving education on CAUTI risk reduction within the last 12 months. Almost half of the nurses did not believe that their peers comply with urine sample collection standards. This research indicates the importance of addressing both nursing competencies for obtaining urine cultures and nurses’ knowledge as to when the culture is indicated. The researchers concluded that nurses are not commonly evaluated on the skills of placing and maintaining...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 13, 2015 8:37 AM
A majority of health care organizations have programs to provide emotional support to health care workers after adverse events, but features vary widely and there are substantial opportunities to improve services, according to a study by the Association for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Clinicians involved in medical errors are often referred to as “second victims” because they can experience persistent negative effects such as guilt, embarrassment, self-doubt and fear that can have serious consequences on their well-being, work performance and patient safety. Researchers conducted an electronic survey of 575 members of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, including risk managers, executives, patient safety officers, directors of quality and compliance officers, to ascertain how they would characterize the structure and performance of their provider support program, if a program was available. Investigators found that while 74 percent of health care organizations maintain a support...
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