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Oct. 14-20 is International Infection Prevention Week

This week is International Infection Prevention Week. Infection prevention is especially important in health care settings, as about one-in-25 hospital patients suffers at least one health-care-associated infection, and 75,000 patients will die this year from an infection while hospitalized.... Read More >>

Public/private safe prescribing initiative results in significant reductions of Apple Health (Medicaid) opioid prescriptions

A public/private safe prescribing initiative launched in late 2017, called Better Prescribing, Better Treatment, has resulted in significant reductions in Apple Health (Medicaid) opioid prescriptions in less than a year, initiative partners announced today. The partners, the Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Washington State Health Care Authority... Read More >>

WSHA, OAHHS partner to establish Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership

We are very excited to announce that WSHA and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) have established the Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership! The new partnership combines health care quality and safety initiatives from both associations to serve all 169 hospitals and health systems in Washington State and Oregon, making health care safer for patients and caregivers in both states.... Read More >>

Community Health Leadership Award nominee spotlights 2018: Newport Hospital & Health Services, Jefferson Healthcare

Through October 4, Weekly Report will profile the nominees for this year’s Community Health Leadership Award, which will be given out at the Annual Meeting October 11 in Seattle.... Read More >>

Annual Meeting speaker spotlight: Derek Streat

Derek Streat is the VP of Quality & Performance Improvement Solutions for the Johnson & Johnson Institute, leading health care quality improvement that directly advances patient outcomes, provider efficiency and health system value through digital solutions. Derek leads C-SATS, a Johnson & Johnson Institute company he co-founded.... Read More >>

New study finds hospital outpatients are sicker, lower income

A new study conducted for the American Hospital Association has found that Medicare patients who receive care in a hospital outpatient department are more likely to be lower income and have more severe chronic conditions than Medicare patients treated in an independent physician’s office. The study highlights why proposals under consideration by Congress to reimburse hospitals the same amount as physician’s offices could threaten access to care for the most vulnerable patients and communities.... Read More >>

Drop the pre-op for low-risk patients having low-risk procedures

All patients need pre-op evaluation, but a low-risk patient having a low-risk procedure does not need pre-op testing. A recent study in Washington State found that at least 100,000 patients received unnecessary pre-op testing during a one-year period, costing more than $92 million.... Read More >>

Recent member news: 9/27/2018

Membership updates from the September 27, 2018 Weekly Report.... Read More >>

WSHA, OAHHS partner to establish Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership

The Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) and the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) have established the Northwest Safety and Quality Partnership. The new partnership combines health care quality and safety initiatives from both associations to serve all 169 hospitals and health systems in Washington state and Oregon, making health care safer for patients and caregivers in both states.... Read More >>

Community Health Leadership Award nominee spotlights : Summit Pacific Medical Center, UW Medicine

Through October 4, Weekly Report will profile the nominees for this year’s Community Health Leadership Award, which will be given out at the Annual Meeting October 11 in Seattle. ... Read More >>

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