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.

CMS Issues Final Rule on CY 2022 End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its final rule updating the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) prospective payment system (PPS) for calendar year (CY) 2022.   In addition to ESRD PPS payment rates updates, the rule includes changes to the ESRD Quality Incentive Program (QIP) and to the ESRD Treatment Choices Model to address health equity. The rule is effective Jan. 1, 2022.  CMS finalizes an ESRD PPS base rate of $257.90 […]

January 2022 Public Reporting Data Available for Preview Until Nov. 18

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the January 2022 public reporting hospital data for preview through Nov. 18.   CHA encourages hospitals to thoroughly review the data, as it will be publicly reported on the Care Compare website in January 2022.  The preview period is for hospitals and facilities participating in the hospital inpatient quality reporting, hospital outpatient quality reporting, […]

CMS Innovation Center Outlines Strategy for Next 10 Years

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation issued a white paper outlining its strategic direction for the next 10 years.   According to the Center, the goal of the new strategy is to achieve equitable outcomes through high-quality, affordable, person-centered care, carried out through five strategic objectives:  Drive accountable care  Advance health equity  Support innovation  Address affordability  Partner to achieve system transformation   Additional information is available in an FAQ document and on the Innovation Center […]

HQI to Host Webinar on Breastfeeding and Perinatal Mental Health

As part of its Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) will host a free webinar on Oct. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. (PT) on breastfeeding and perinatal mental health.   The webinar, which will be led by perinatal health and mental health advocate and consultant Nakeisha Robinson, MA, LMFT, will discuss the role that breast/chestfeeding plays in perinatal mental health and identify ways to support breast/chestfeeding for individuals struggling with mental health disorders.   The PMH Learning Community is HQI’s program aimed at strengthening […]

CHA Issues Summary of FFY 2022 Long-Term Care Hospital PPS Final Rule

CHA has issued a members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2022 long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The policy and payment provisions in the final rule are effective for FFY 2022 discharges, beginning Oct. 1.

Innovating patient menus with farm-to-fork taste

Hospital food is known for being bland and uninspired, but one chef is throwing out that tired recipe. Meet the chef who’s transforming hospital food. He’s buying local to bring patients, staff, and hospital visitors farm-to-fork tastes.

MIPS Facility-Based Scoring Not Available for Performance Year 2021

In the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2022 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS)/long-term care hospital (LTCH) PPS final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) finalized a measure suppression policy for several hospital reporting programs. The policy is in response to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).