Quality

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.

CHA Provides Overview of Hospital Scorecards

Several hospital organizations that rank or grade hospitals released updates this week, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Overall Hospital Star Ratings (searchable on Care Compare), Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades, and Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals. The CMS star ratings updates were a particular area of focus as the new version incorporated several methodological changes. Hospitals may receive […]

Joint Commission Issues New Standards on ADT Requirements

The Joint Commission (TJC) has issued new standards for hospitals (including psychiatric hospitals) and critical access hospitals related to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Interoperability and Patient Access final rule.   Specifically, the prepublication standards apply for the new Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation requiring admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) notifications effective May 1. The changes will be published by TJC with the July 1, 2021, standards release. 

CMS to Host Webinar on Structural Racism in Health Care

On April 27 and 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health will host a two-day virtual forum highlighting its renewed focus on health equity, addressing structural racism in health care, and establishing federal agencies’ roles as equity partners.