As a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, HSAG is a centralized resource for knowledge and tools that help providers improve health quality, efficiency, and value. The materials provided below cover a wide range of quality improvement topics, from cardiovascular best practices to physician quality reporting system information. All are directed to providers interested in improving patient outcomes and in quality measure reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
National Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 17th Annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day
April 27, 2019
The 17th Annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. People across the country will take unused or expired prescription drugs to community collection sites to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal. The DEA sponsors this annual event and since the fall of 2010 has collected 10,878,950 pounds of prescription drugs. Last year's event brought in more than 900,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs.
We encourage your organization to join this national initiative to address this vital public safety and health issue by urging your staff members and those you serve to participate and/or distribute posters, pamphlets, and banners found on the DEA National Take Back Day's website.
The Chartbook marks the 30th anniversary of the Heckler Report, the Health and Human Services report from its Task Force on Black and Minority Health. Progress in cardiac care is noted, but disparities remain, as with higher incidences of chronic disease, including hypertension and diabetes, as...
The American Heart Association (AHA) presents, as part of its professional education Spotlight Series, "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension: Beginning the Conversation." Using case studies, this webinar identifies opportunities where clinicians can provide better management of...
Electronic Health Record Resources and Promoting Interoperability
The American Pharmacists Association issued a comprehensive article on how hospital pharmacists can use data to improve care featuring tangible examples.
Researchers from the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center Department of Family and Preventive Medicine has discovered that shifting to goal-oriented healthcare rather than problem-directed healthcare can improve patient outcomes. Their study was published in the Annals of Family Medicine....
General Quality Payment Program Tools and Resources
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has assembled an array of resources concerning the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Education, MACRA news, implementation resources, and advocacy articles are presented at the ACP MACRA/Quality Payment Program webpage.
Visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website to learn more about the Quality Payment Program. Specifically, get details on the proposed rule concerning parts of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) from their fact sheets, press release, blog, and...
For healthcare professionals serving adults ages 65 and older, the 65+ Flu Defense website was launched by the Immunization Action Coalition and Seqirus to help promote vaccination efforts. The website equips healthcare professionals with information, tools, and resources needed to proactively...
The American Academy of Family Physicians released its online mapping tool that permits members to review vaccine coverage and exemptions by state, serving to help physicians better advocate for immunizations in their community.
Learning and Action Networks
The Quality Improvement Organization program explains what a Learning and Action Network is, how powerful this framework is, and how individuals may take part.
Million Hearts® / Cardiovascular Health Improvement
The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) released its 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.
A study published in the Annals of Family Medicine (March/April 2017) found that automated office blood pressure monitoring for 30 minutes in the clinic may dramatically lower the risk of for “white-coat” hypertension and related overtreatment of patients. Read more at the journal article.
Written by an internal medicine physician, this short list is practical in its approach to offer advice on improving patient satisfaction. From spending time with doctors/nurses to being clear about wait times, this is what could be characterized as low-hanging fruit for high impact targeting.
This article simplifies the large and small items that hospitals should concentrate on when improving the patient experience. One of the more compelling advisories is to “experience your care as patients do.” Everything from signage to parking and filling out forms becomes an eye-opener when seen from that vantage point.
Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows qualified providers to share or sell analyses of Medicare and private claims data to support improved delivery of healthcare, as reported by Healthcare News IT.
The Community Preventive Services Task Force offers a series of materials to help providers increase disease prevention for adults.
Quality Improvement Tools
The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) has created a state-by-state map to locate your state’s association contact details.
This is a recorded webinar hosted by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, featuring three topics, including a how-to on using reminders for people with type 2 diabetes. This presentation spans 1.5 hours.
In an effort to bring cancer prevention to underserved communities, the University of Kansas Cancer Center developed a program to deliver culturally-tailored tobacco cessation strategies to minority patient populations. From non-nicotine replacement therapies to honoring cultural traditions, the...
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program that will encompass new office-based tools, community programs and advocacy at the national and community levels. The Academy will focus on promoting Tar Wars to more family medicine residents, family medicine interest groups and medical students to present the program in their communities. Tar Wars educational materials will be available online, as well.
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