Opioid Medication and Pain infographic now available in 21 languages

The Opioid Medication and Pain infographic developed by the Bree Collaborative and the Washington Health Alliance has been translated by Public Health – Seattle & King County into 21 additional languages, from Arabic to Vietnamese. As a result, more people will have access to important messages about the risks of opioids.... Read More >>

Tracking racial data can illuminate disparities

Hospitals are routinely collecting information about patient race, but are they using it and does it matter? Stratifying outcomes by patient race, ethnicity, age or gender can provide valuable insights into your hospital’s culture and may lead to surprising findings.... Read More >>

Maternal Mortality Review Panel to begin review of 2016 maternal deaths

The Maternal Mortality Review Panel recently released a public report outlining its findings and recommendations from the maternal death review for 2014 and 2015. The panel will soon reconvene to review maternal deaths that occurred in 2016. An update from Alexis Bates, Perinatal Health Consultant, and a letter from State Health Officer Dr. Kathy Lofy highlight the Department of Health’s (DOH’s) progress and next steps for the subsequent review period.... Read More >>

Legionella conference in Tukwila Oct. 30

The Puget Sound Chapter of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and Washington State Department of Health are offering a one-day intensive workshop on Legionella prevention and outbreak management at the Tukwila Community Center October 30. The event will feature keynote speaker Janet E. Stout, Ph.D., and other national and regional experts.... Read More >>

New accredited QPP online course: Improvement Activities performance category

A new, online and self-paced overview course on the Quality Payment Program (QPP) is now available through the MLN Learning Management System.... Read More >>

AHRQ recruiting acute care hospitals interested in free antibiotic stewardship project

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use is now recruiting acute care hospitals, or individual units within hospitals, for participation in a 12-month project, beginning December 2017. This is a free program that incorporates both technical and behavioral components to improve antibiotic prescribing.... Read More >>

QPP Hardship Exception Application open for the 2017 transition year

The QPP Hardship Exception Application for the 2017 transition year is now available on the Quality Payment Program website. MIPS eligible clinicians and groups may qualify for a reweighting of their Advancing Care Information performance category score to 0% of the final score and can submit a hardship exception application.... Read More >>

AHA/Health Research & Educational Trust releases new readmissions trail guide

The American Hospital Association (AHA)/Health Research & Educational Trust just published a new Readmissions Trail Guide. This guide is intended to help hospitals identify where they are on the path of reducing readmissions so they can jump back on the trail to get to the desired destination. This tool can be used by hospitals that are just starting out or hospitals that have lost their way.... Read More >>

The countdown to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) is on!

October 2, 2017 is the last day to start your 90-day reporting period, and March 31, 2018 is the deadline to attest. Qualis Health wants to help you be successful with the program. Below are three ways to prepare for success.... Read More >>

An early intervention for lasting impacts

While the opioid epidemic has affected Americans in all communities, some communities have been hit harder than others. At PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center in Longview, nearly half of the expectant mothers giving birth suffer from a component of substance abuse, which is more than double the statewide average. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray — who visited the medical center this summer — said it was one of the most shocking facts she had heard while visiting dozens of Washington hospitals during the congressional recess.... Read More >>

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