About Quality

California hospitals are focused on quality of care.

They have a partner to help them achieve their goals of improving quality, reducing errors, and maximizing patient safety — the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI).

For hospitals and health systems that belong to it, HQI is a source of performance data and analytics. That data help focus improvement opportunities and scale best practices, leading to reducing patient harm, health care-associated infections, and hospital readmissions.

The Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization — A division of HQI — supports the institute in its mission and is the nation’s largest and longest operating patient safety organization.

HQI to Host Webinar on Child Abuse Reporting and Perinatal Mental Health

As part of its Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, the Hospital Quality Institute will host a webinar on Aug. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) to discuss the impact of child welfare involvement on both parent and infant mental health, the role that hospital staff plays in the process of child abuse reporting during the perinatal period, and steps to file a child abuse report as a mandated reporter.

Public Health Officer Order and AFL on Hospital and SNF Visitation

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a public health officer order on Aug. 5 requiring general acute care hospitals, skilled-nursing facilities, and intermediate care facilities to either: (1) verify that indoor visitors are fully vaccinated, or (2) verify documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. In addition, CDPH issued All Facilities Letter 21-31 on visitation for general acute care hospitals on Aug. 12, 2021. The health order and AFL include the following requirements: 

Gov. Newsom Issues Vaccine Mandate for Certain Health Care Workers

In response to the surge of new COVID-19 infections due to the new Delta variant, on Aug. 5 Gov. Newsom issued a health officer order to require COVID-19 vaccinations in specified health care settings, including all general acute care hospitals (GACHs), acute psychiatric hospitals, and skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs). This requirement comes after a growing number of hospital systems led the way by creating their own vaccine mandate to protect their employees and patients.