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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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.  

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Quality Transparency Dashboard Uptake Increases

HQI, in cooperation with the Patient Safety Movement Foundation and  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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There’s Still Time to Join HQI’s Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community

HQI’s Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community provides California hospitals with education, technical assistance, and peer support to address perinatal mental health disorders — the most common complication of childbirth. The program assists hospitals in complying with Assembly Bill 3032, the maternal mental health conditions law, which requires hospitals to educate perinatal employees, patients, and families about maternal mental health conditions, post-hospital treatment options, and resources.   

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HQI Launches Web Page to Help Address Health Care Disparities

Health care disparities, defined as variation in quality and safety of care by patient sociodemographic characteristics, have been a significant and persistent problem in American health care. While California hospitals are often at the forefront of the quest to achieve equitable health care, significant work remains. 

To assist hospitals with uncovering, understanding, and alleviating disparities, HQI has launched a new web page — Hospital Strategies for Combating Health Care Disparities.

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Updated Quality Transparency Dashboards Released for Third Quarter of 2020

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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Hospital-Level Relationships Between Risk Factors for Severe COVID-19 and COVID-19 Hospitalization Rates

Following up on our previous work on County-Level Relationships Between Risk Factors for Severe COVID-19 and Deaths, we applied similar methods to hospital-level data to explore the relationship between the prevalence of several hospital-level risk factors for severe COVID-19 and corresponding COVID-19 hospitalization rates at those hospitals. We used historical hospital inpatient, emergency department, and ambulatory surgery discharge records for California hospitals to estimate the patient population prevalence of several potential risk factors for developing severe COVID-19. In addition to the risk factors included in the prior analysis, we also included race/ethnicity in these analyses, though patient gender was excluded.  

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Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community Program Update

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders continue to be the most common complication of childbirth. HQI’s Perinatal Mental Health (PMH) Learning Community seeks to strengthen hospital approaches to perinatal mental health through specially tailored learning and peer-exchange opportunities, which include webinars, group office hours, individual coaching, and online training and educational resources. These are all available to California hospitals free of charge, courtesy of a grant from the California Health Care Foundation. 

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Lessons Learned – Sepsis and Covid-19

One of the most popular educational offerings available to CHPSO members are the regularly scheduled Safe Table forums. Offered about two dozen times per year, these meetings are focused on safety and quality improvement topics, each with a specific clinical focus. As a members-only patient safety activity, these confidential forums occur within each participant’s patient safety evaluation system and provide a safe space in which to explore systematic concerns or issues and share lessons learned.