The Quality Payment Program (QPP) reporting period is underway

October 2 was the last day to start your 90-day reporting period, and March 31, 2018 is the deadline to attest. However, it's not too late to avoid a 4 percent penalty in 2019 by submitting one quality measure, one improvement activity or the base score of the Advancing Care Information Category. ... Read More >>

Reminder: Nov. 30 deadline for hospitals to avoid EHR payment adjustment

Critical access hospitals that did not achieve meaningful use in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for the 2016 reporting period can apply through November 30 for a hardship exception to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment. ... Read More >>

Patient Blood Management Awareness Week: Nov. 6-10

November 6-10 is the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management’s Patient Blood Management Awareness Week, and the society would like to encourage all to share the knowledge and resources of patient blood management (PBM). Our goal at WSHA is to help hospitals with implementing and sustaining evidence-based PBM best practices. ... Read More >>

Financial assistance available for implementing antimicrobial stewardship module

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is offering a special, time-limited offer of financial assistance to facilities that commit to implementing measurement and reporting using the NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance (NHSN-AUR) module.... Read More >>

Avoiding the flu

WHSA has been partnering with hospitals across Washington and Alaska to increase flu immunizations in health care personnel in an effort to prevent transmission, absenteeism and presenteeism. We reached an astounding 87.5 percent vaccination rate for 2016-2017 and are striving for even more vaccinations this season.... Read More >>

New research demonstrates that epidurals do not increase the length of labor

In the United States, approximately 61 percent of women giving birth receive an epidural or spinal anesthesia for pain relief in labor. The administration of this medication has often been blamed for an increased length of labor. However, a double-blinded, randomized control trial was published October 10 in Obstetrics and Gynecology, which demonstrated that epidurals have no effect on the length of the second stage of labor (10cm to delivery of the infant).... Read More >>

CDC releases strategies for implementing antibiotic stewardship at small hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released Core Elements for Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Core Elements at Small and Critical Access Hospitals.... Read More >>

AHA webinar: Improving care for hospitalized adults with substance use disorder

The American Hospital Association’s (AHA’s) Physician Leadership Forum will host a webinar from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, November 9 on improving care for adults hospitalized with substance use disorder, focusing on understanding needs, engaging leaders and changing systems.... Read More >>

Improving Value in Health Care: The 2017 Choosing Wisely Summit Oct. 27

Join health care leaders, stakeholders and national Choosing Wisely representatives in Seattle on Friday, October 27 for a day-long in-depth look at how the Choosing Wisely initiative in Washington State is moving from education to implementation.... Read More >>

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 >>

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