Building a Leadership Team for the Health Care Organization of the Future – American Hospital Association, Health Research & Educational Trust – April 2014

Posted on May 13, 2014. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: , |

Building a Leadership Team for the Health Care Organization of the Future – American Hospital Association, Health Research & Educational Trust – April 2014

“Moving from a volume-based payment model to a value-based payment model requires a new set of management skills that encourage systems thinking and align clinical and operational resources to improve outcomes and efficiencies. Today’s leaders must implement strategies to:

Improve cost management and efficiency
Increase clinical integration and expand coordinated care
Improve quality and patient safety
Integrate information systems
Foster innovation and change management
Increase patient engagement”

 

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Your Hospital’s Path to the Second Curve: Integration and Transformation – American Hospital Association – January 2014

Posted on February 4, 2014. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Your Hospital’s Path to the Second Curve: Integration and Transformation – American Hospital Association – January 2014

Full text of the report

“Environmental pressures are driving hospitals and care systems toward greater clinical integration, more financial risk and increased accountability. To provide high-quality, efficient and integrated care, hospitals and care systems must explore and pursue transformational paths that align with the organization’s mission and vision and cater to patients and communities. Hospital leaders need to develop strategies that move their organizations from the first curve, or volume-based environment, to the second curve, in which they will be building value-based systems and business models.

To navigate the evolving health care environment, the 2013 AHA Committee on Research developed the report Your Hospital’s Path to the Second Curve: Integration and Transformation. This report outlines must-do strategies, organizational capabilities to master and 10 strategic questions that every organization should answer to begin a transformational journey. The report’s “guiding questions” will help hospitals and care systems reflect and gain new perspectives on the benefits and value of integration. A comprehensive assessment, also found in the report, may lead health care organizations toward a customized path or series of paths to successfully transform for the future. Five paths for hospitals and care systems to consider are:”

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Leading Improvement Across the Continuum: Skills, Tools and Teams for Success – American Hospital Association – October 2013

Posted on October 22, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality | Tags: |

Leading Improvement Across the Continuum: Skills, Tools and Teams for Success – American Hospital Association – October 2013

Health Research & Educational Trust. (2013). Leading Improvement Across the Continuum: Skills, Tools and Teams for Success. Chicago, IL: Health Research & Educational Trust.

“As health care leaders implement diverse improvement projects, from reducing hospital-acquired infections to reducing obesity prevalence, they must identify the appropriate strategies for success across many different settings. This guide provides two new frameworks, the Improvement Continuum and the Leadership Action Model, for conceptualizing and planning improvement activities.

The Improvement Continuum describes four categories of improvement activities: topic or microsystem, care coordination, defined population and community health. For each of these categories, the framework describes the skills, tools and teams that lead to successful improvement efforts. The guide also includes a Leadership Action Model, a framework for how to use the Improvement Continuum. Equipped with these frameworks, leaders will be better able to design and implement improvement efforts of varying scope across diverse topics.”

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Metrics for the Second Curve of Health Care – American Hospital Association – April 2013

Posted on May 9, 2013. Filed under: Health Mgmt Policy Planning | Tags: |

Metrics for the Second Curve of Health Care – American Hospital Association – April 2013

“Metrics for the Second Curve of Health Care” expands on four strategies originally identified in the report, “Hospitals and Care Systems of the Future.” These strategies were identified as major priorities for hospitals and health care organizations moving from the volume-based first curve to the value-based second curve.

Aligning hospitals, physicians and other clinical providers across the continuum of care
Utilizing evidence-based practices to improve quality and patient safety
Improving efficiency through productivity and financial management
Developing integrated information systems

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American Hospital Association Issue Brief: Sicker, more complex patients are driving up intensity of ED care – May 2013

Posted on May 9, 2013. Filed under: Emergency Medicine | Tags: |

American Hospital Association Issue Brief: Sicker, more complex patients are driving up intensity of ED care – May 2013

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Engaging Health Care Users: A Framework for Healthy Individuals and Communities – American Hospital Association – 2013

Posted on February 19, 2013. Filed under: Patient Participation | Tags: |

Engaging Health Care Users: A Framework for Healthy Individuals and Communities – American Hospital Association – 2013

Benjamin K. Chu and John G. O’Brien, co-chairs

Extract from the executive summary

“The American Hospital Association (AHA) in its framework for health reform, Health for Life, embraces the need to engage patients and families and contemplates the role of hospitals and health care systems in improving the total health of the population and community they are serving. Within this context, in 2012 the AHA Committee on Research decided to focus on patient and family engagement. This subject has taken on increasing importance with the growing recognition that actively engaging health care users in their care can improve outcomes and reduce health care costs. To adequately embrace the AHA’s mission to improve the health of people and communities, hospitals must become more “activist” in their orientation and move “upstream”—that is, they must do more to engage patients earlier in the disease process.”

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Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage – American Hospital Association – January 2010

Posted on January 29, 2010. Filed under: Workforce | Tags: |

Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage – American Hospital Association – January 2010

“An adequate number of well-trained staff is the fundamental resource for hospitals.  In 2009, the AHA Long-Range Policy Committee explored likely workforce issues that the hospital field will face over the next decade, and identified findings and recommendations which hospitals and their associations can use to develop successful strategies to ensure an adequate workforce. 

Using as background the latest research on workforce demographics and trends, as well as presentations by health care experts, the committee found that while hospitals generally face low vacancies at the current time due to the effects of the economic recession, serious shortages and a tight labor market overall are looming.

The committee’s report, Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage describes how hospitals face the overlapping challenges of attracting and retaining replacements for retiring workers, while expanding its workforce to care for an aging population and coping with significant changes in health care delivery.  Meeting those challenges requires new thinking about the workforce and workplace, and new strategies about managing human resources. 

Thus, the report states, as hospitals enter a new decade the key strategies to maintaining an adequate workforce by number and skill are to:

1.  Redesign work processes and introduce new technologies to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and employee satisfaction,

2.  Retain existing workers, including those able to retire, and

3.  Attract the new generation of workers.

Within these three overarching strategies, the report makes a series of recommendations for actions that should be taken by hospitals and their associations to have an adequate workforce for the near future.”

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Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence – American Hospital Association Quality Center

Posted on May 18, 2009. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence is a strategic platform to identify and disseminate field-tested practices, proven strategies, tools and resources that can support and advance hospital leaders’ ongoing efforts to achieve performance excellence-care that meets the 6 IOM aims: safe, timely, efficiency, effectiveness, equity and patient-centered.

American Hospital Association Quality Center

The platform focuses on the following areas of hospital care and operations that have proven to yield some of the greatest opportunities for improvement:

*      Health care-acquired infections
*      Medication management
*      Patient throughput
*      Patient safety

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