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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CHPSO 2019 Annual Report Released

The CHPSO 2019 Annual Report was released on May 13, 2020. This report, which covers the period of January 1–December 31, 2020, focuses on CHPSO’s year in review with highlights for 2020. The report is available online on the CHPSO website

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Early Enrollment Ramping Up for New HQI Data Analytics Platform
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Early adoption has surged for HQI’s new Hospital Quality Improvement Platform — a quality analytics system that consolidates disparate data sources into a single, statewide platform. The platform is available free of charge to all California Hospital Association (CHA) members.  

Since launching in October 2019, 33 hospitals have already completed the participation process and 128 have participation agreements under review to join them.  

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Does Your Hospital Z-Code?

The ICD-10 codes between Z55 and Z65 are the social determinants of health (SDOH) discharge codes. Social determinants of health include factors like:  

  • Socioeconomic status 
  • Education 
  • Neighborhood and physical environment 
  • Employment 
  • Social support networks  
  • Access to health care  

Addressing social determinants of health is important for improving health and reducing longstanding disparities in health and health care. 

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Webinar Recordings Available from Patient Safety Awareness Week

The Collaborative Healthcare Patient Safety Organization  (CHPSO) and the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) celebrated Patient Safety Awareness Week with a series of very well attended and highly informative webinars. Many organizations took advantage of these educational offerings as opportunities to bring multidisciplinary teams together to learn more about these important patient safety and quality improvement topics. If you missed these sessions, we encourage you to take advantage of the recordings and associated materials. Here are recaps of each of the five webinars:

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Quality Transparency Dashboard Measure Revision: Call for Suggestions and Advisory Members

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

Five outcome measures: 

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Helping Hospitals Address Implicit Bias in Maternity Care

While California hospitals have made strides in improving overall maternity care, we continue to witness strong racial disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity in our state — as in the rest of the nation. Disparities persist even after accounting for age, income, education, health insurance status, and other socio-economic attributes, and evidence points to implicit bias and racism as major factors in these inequities.   

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Even Heroes Need Help

For the women and men on the front lines of healing those afflicted with coronavirus, the past several weeks have tested not only their clinical skills, but also their physical limits and their emotional fortitude. 

And with many more weeks, possibly months, before they can exhale again, they need all the help they can get — now. 

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133 Hospitals Join HQI’s New Perinatal Mental Health Learning Community

Postpartum depression and other perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are the most common complication of childbirth, affecting approximately one in five birthing women, with prevalence rates even higher in low-income communities and communities of color.  Unfortunately, few women are diagnosed and even fewer receive treatment.   

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Lessons Learned: Retained Surgical Items

About twice a month, CHPSO hosts a Safe Table forum focused on a specific clinical topic. These members-only forums are designed to empower providers to engage in robust, meaningful patient safety and quality improvement activities.  The group explores situations in which there are systematic concerns or issues that member organizations have encountered and the opportunity to share solutions and/or obtain advice. 

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Members Encouraged to Join Legal Counsel Discussion Group Calls

 As one of the many complementary services offered to members, CHPSO hosts a regularly scheduled Legal Counsel Discussion Group Call designed to support an ongoing exploration of the legal privileges and challenges of the Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Act of 2005 (PSQIA). These calls, which are typically held quarterly, are designed to assist our members and their legal counsel in developing a deeper understanding of the PSQIA. These calls also offer members and their legal counsel the opportunity to hear about current cases and stay abreast of recent legal de

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Look for the CHPSO 2019 Annual Report in Mid-April

Every year CHPSO provides members with an annual report, which highlights patient safely related activities, analytics, and a review of membership and database status. This annual report will cover the period January 1–December 31, 2019. It will be available  on the CHPSO website and all members and newsletter subscribers will receive an email from CHPSO with the link to the annual report by mid-April. 

For more information, contact info@chpso.org

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Early Enrollment Ramping Up for New HQI Data Analytics Platform
Contact us for a demo

Early adoption has surged for HQI’s new Hospital Quality Improvement Platform — a quality analytics system that consolidates disparate data sources into a single, statewide platform. The platform is available free of charge to all California Hospital Association members.  

Since launching in October 2019, 33 hospitals have already completed the participation process and 128 have participation agreements under review to join them.  

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Lessons Learned: Improving Patient Safety with Smart Pumps

Health care providers must provide precision care, perform highly complex procedures and treatments, and cope with increasingly stressful care environments. To support their work, a variety of innovations have been devised to increase patient safety by decreasing preventable harm related to human factors, technological advances, and complex care environments. Certain types of infusion pumps, often called “smart pumps,” are one such innovation.

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CHPSO Job Board

Quality and patient safety positions at your organization can be listed on the CHPSO Job Board. If you are a member of CHPSO, the California Hospital Association, or a key partner of the Hospital Quality Institute and would like to list your opportunities on this page, please contact info@chpso.org.

The following guidelines apply:

  • Opportunity must be health care-related
  • Organization must be a partner of CHPSO, HQI, or CHA
  • Each organization is limited to three opportunities at a time
  • Postings automatically expire after 30 days
  • Contact us to remove a posting, or to repost a position after it expires

Opportunities at CHPSO and the Hospital Quality Institute will also be listed on the job board as well. If there are no current openings listed, feel free to share your resume or CV with us at info@chpso.org, and we will keep it on file.

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Register Today for 2020 World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit

The 8th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit is co-convened with the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), and the European Society of Anesthesiology (ESA). This event will bring together all stakeholder groups to discuss novel solutions to the leading challenges facing hospitals today.

The summit will feature:

  • Keynote addresses from public figures and patient safety experts
  • Plenary sessions with healthcare luminaries and patient advocates
  • Announcements from organizations who have made their own commitments to reach the Patient Safety Movement Foundation’s goal of ZERO preventable deaths by 2020.

Date & Time

Mach 5 – 7, 2020. Click here for the agenda.

Registration

Click here to register. HQI member hospitals will receive 10% off. Contact Hailey Golden to receive the discount code.

Location

The 2020 Summit will be held at the stunning Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel, situated across the street from one of California’s finest coastal spots, Huntington Beach. All Summit events will take place on the property.

More Information

Click here for more information. 

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Patient Safety Authority Launches Publication

As collaborative partners, CHPSO and the Patient Safety Authority (PSA) share resources and tools to help our members improve quality and advance their patient safety efforts. As part of these collaborative efforts, CHPSO is pleased to announce that the PSA has launched a new publication, Patient Safety, a journal unlike any other you’ve seen.

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2019 C. Duane Dauner Award Winners Announced

HQI received 33 applications for 2019 C. Duane Dauner Quality Award.  Through a careful review via an external panel of judges, three applicant organizations were recognized:

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center was the winner of 2019 C. Duane Dauner Quality Award, with a program to improve safety and care of patients upon discharge by actively supporting their follow-up care in the community.  Since 2018, their Post-Acute Care Transitions (PACT) initiative reduced the hospital length of stay for non-acute patients by approximately 50% (from 70 days to 35 days), increased hospital bed capacity by over 5,000 hospital bed days, and reduced the 30-day readmission rate for patients in the PACT program from 19% to 5.5%.

Keck Medicine of USC was a 2019 C. Duane Dauner Quality Award finalist with their program to implement Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS), positively impacting postoperative pain, opioid use, length of stay, and readmission rates.

John Muir Health was a 2019 C. Duane Dauner Quality Award finalist with a new predictive analytics approach to identify and manage sepsis patients, which resulted in reducing code blues by 35% and saving 54 lives.

More information about the winner and two finalists is available on HQI website.