How patient engagement is transforming health care

In a recent Forbes article, four hospital CEOs discussed the role of patient engagement in quality care. All of them made clear the key messages regarding the importance of patient and family engagement. One of the examples they discussed was Patient and Family Engagement Councils, also known as Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs), which is one of the best practices recommended by the Partnership for Patients initiative, through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).... Read More >>

May 1 & 2: WSHA CEO & Trustee Patient Safety Summit

We are excited to announce that James Reinertsen, M.D., will lead this year's CEO & Trustee Patient Safety Summit May 1 and 2. Dr. Reinertsen is an extraordinary leader in improving health care quality, and he brings terrific insight into how boards and executives can work together to make patients safer.... Read More >>

Health inequities in rural communities

Rural communities comprise 19.3 percent of Washington State’s population. This is a rather small percentage compared to Washington’s urban population of 80.7 percent, but according to the National Rural Health Association, health care in rural communities presents challenges unlike those in urban areas. ... Read More >>

Readmissions — CMS’ 30-day all-cause program — progress and opportunities

WSHA has embraced the work of Dartmouth College, which states that readmissions are a measurement of health care fragmentation. Based on this concept, we have set up community forums to look at ways to better integrate care and implement WSHA’s toolkit for reducing readmissions.... Read More >>

MACRA — CMS’ quality payment program — lets you focus on patient care

The complex nature of this program can be difficult to navigate, so WSHA has partnered with the Washington State Medical Association and Qualis Health to address the complexities of this new program and how to support all clinicians in making the most out of these changes. ... Read More >>

Honoring Choices: Progress in valuing your wishes

Suffering a serious, unexpected injury or illness is not something any of us wants to think about. How will they know what kind of treatment we would want? What would it mean for our loved ones? Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest is a project co-sponsored by WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association with a vision that everyone in the state should receive care that honors their personal values and goals near the end of life.... Read More >>

Flu peaked: What can we learn for next time?

The past month has been one with exceptional volume of very ill patients coming to our emergency rooms and clinics, with many needing advanced care in the ICU. This flu season has ended the lives of many the likes we have not seen since 2010. This is 172 people’s lives cut short by this very deadly disease.... Read More >>

Nominate for the CDC immunization champion award

The 2017 CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is now open for nominations! Anyone can nominate a health care professional, coalition member, parent or other immunization leader who goes above and beyond to improve childhood immunization rates. Self-nominations are welcome.... Read More >>

Flu impacting hospitals

his year's flu has flared up in recent weeks and caused at least 24 deaths so far. The flu and other viruses have sent hundreds of people to emergency departments and urgent care clinics. This has had a significant impact on hospital capacity, resulting in some people waiting hours in emergency departments before they are seen. The flu is also starting to spread among hospital staff in some areas.... Read More >>

It’s Birth Defects Prevention Month and Folic Acid Awareness Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that January is National Birth Defects Prevention month, and this year’s focus is “Prevent Infections for Baby’s Protection.” The CDC’s announcement states, “Birth defects are common, costly and critical, and they affect one in 33 U.S. babies annually.”... Read More >>

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