The Quality Quarterly

Overview

The Quality Quarterly

HQI produces a quarterly newsletter intended to support health care quality and patient safety professionals’ work by providing information on clinical developments, opportunities to learn from your peers, and new technologies to help you work more effectively. The newsletter is distributed in March, June, September, and December. To subscribe, please email info@hqinstitute.org

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Latest updates on the Hospital Quality Improvement Platform

Use of HQI’s Hospital Quality Improvement Platform — a quality analytics system that consolidates disparate data sources into a single, statewide platform — continues to increase as more hospitals complete their contract reviews. The platform is free to all California Hospital Association members.   

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Lessons Learned: The Shocking Truth Regarding Job-Related Problems Prior to Nurse Suicide

It has often been referred to as the “silence of shame.” Mental health conditions, substance use, and workplace events have been documented as contributing antecedents to nurse suicides. When a nurse is at risk for losing or loses his/her license, the psychological impact can be devastating. The experience of isolation, feelings of failure, public humiliation, and the stigma of losing his or her career can result in cascading events, potentially leading to a lethal outcome.

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Protecting your Organization from Ransomware

The 2021 wave of ransomware attacks has washed over every major business sector — including health care. Moreover, a Wall Street Journal article dated June 10 pointed out that one group of ransomware criminals is specifically targeting hospitals. This unfortunate reality strongly suggests that everyone in the CHA/HQI community should be working to avoid becoming a ransomware victim. This article will discuss high-priority items for organizations to pursue in that effort and identify some important strategies that sometimes get overlooked. Together, this information will hopefully help bolster your barriers against ransomware. 

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Improving Patient Safety Reports for CHPSO Members by Reclassifying ‘Other’ Events

Among all the patient safety reports that CHPSO receives from members, about 50% end up classified in the catch-all event type of “Other” rather than in a specific clinical or other meaningful event type category (e.g., healthcare-associated infection, fall, medication error, etc.). Sometimes the reports are categorized into the “Other” category because the facts of the safety event do not fit into one of the existing Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Common Formats specific event type categories. The broad nature of this “Other” category, diversity of events that it contains, and large size relative to the more specific event type categories renders it not particularly useful for identifying emerging patient safety issues or tracking trends over time.

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Latest Quality Transparency Dashboards Released in June

HQI, in cooperation with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and the California Hospital Association (CHA), creates and distributes quarterly dashboards of publicly available quality data for each CHA acute care member hospital. These model dashboards currently provide information on eight measures. 

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HQI President’s Message

Earlier this month, California reached a milestone that at many times throughout the course of the past year might have seemed unattainable. The state has now “reopened” for business, retiring the color-coded tier system and relaxing social distancing and capacity restrictions. After more than 15 months of numerous public health orders, three surges of cases, countless mask and gown changes along with many sleepless nights, the COVID-19 pandemic has finally given us a little bit of breathing room.  

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HQI President’s Message

For the past year, while much of the state has been locked down — working remotely and enjoying perhaps a slower pace of life — it’s been quite the opposite for our front-line health care workers. They stepped up, answered the call, working round the clock to care for patients, both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19.   

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Quality Transparency Dashboards Provide Information on Eight Measures

HQI, in cooperation with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and the California Hospital Association (CHA), creates and distributes quarterly dashboards of publicly available quality data for each CHA acute care member hospital. These model dashboards currently provide information on eight measures.

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Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community Program Helps Hospitals Comply with AB 3032

Assembly Bill 3032, which was signed into law in 2019 and took effect in 2020, has two specific requirements for all California hospitals:  

  1. Provide education and information for postpartum women and families about maternal mental health conditions, post-hospital treatment options, and community resources.  
  2. Provide education and information for hospital employees regularly assigned to work in the perinatal unit, including, as appropriate, registered nurses and social workers, about maternal mental health conditions.  
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HQI Elects New Board Members

At the Feb. 10 meeting, the HQI Board of Directors elected four new board members and extended the term for two members.  

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Lessons Learned: Delayed Care — The Harmful Impact of COVID-19 on Health Care

As we wrap up a pandemic year and work through2021 with COVID-19 still at large, the arrival of the vaccine leaves most of us cautiously optimistic at best. While there is light on the horizon, many are still, and will continue to be impacted by delays in care during this epic time. HQI kicked off its first Safe Table of the year with this topic. 

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Sentinel Signal Detection System Looks at Trends in Care  

This month, HQI is launching its first report of findings from the sentinel signal detection system, which automatically detects abnormal changes (i.e., signals) in the incidence of diagnosis codes from hospital discharge records in the Hospital Quality Improvement Platform, as well as term frequencies from the Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization safety reports.  

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HQI President’s Message

With the recent resurgence of COVID-19 and hospitals stretched to capacity, it’s more important than ever to be diligent about infection prevention. While so much more is known now about the disease than it was nine months ago, one thing that we have known since the start is how to minimize the spread of COVID-19.  

Now, more than ever, we must do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 locally and throughout the state.

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Candice Cam and Vivian Eusebio Join HQI Team

HQI added two team members to its roster in October. In her role as a data analyst for HQI, Candice Cam will manage the data intake, system integrity, and performance enhancement of the Hospital Quality Improvement Platform. Specifically, she’ll be working to help our hospitals ingest discharge records into the platform so they have timelier analytics, ensure that the analytics presented are correctly calculated, and work with our vendor to create new reports and make improvements to the platform.