Quality

About Quality

California’s hospitals prioritize the quality of care they deliver, and the safety of their patients above all. To help hospitals continuously improve quality, reduce medical errors and adverse events, and maximize patient safety, CHA partners closely with the Hospital Quality Institute.

HQI’s work includes reducing patient harm, reducing health care-associated infections, reducing hospital readmissions, improving patient experience and improving maternal/child outcomes. Hospitals and health systems that belong to HQI use it as an source of performance data and analytics to focus improvement opportunities and take best practices to scale. In addition, the Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO), the nation’s largest and longest operating patient safety organization, is a division of HQI.

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.  

IRF Patient Assessment Training Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced the availability of web-based training on conducting a standardized cognitive assessment and the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS) for inpatient rehabilitation facility providers. The training includes interactive exercises to test knowledge related to the assessment and coding of the BIMS.