January 21, 2015

AHRQ’s Latest Issue of Innovation Exchange: Opioid use disorders.

AHRQ explains in their latest issue of Innovation Exchange, released on January 20 that the number of opioid prescriptions have increased in recent years as have the consequences of overuse of these drugs including, emergency department visits, treatment admissions, and overdose-related fatalities. In 2013, 1.8 million American adults had a prescription related opioid disorder. In that same year, more than 16,000 individuals died due to opioid prescription overdose.

The featured innovations piece in the recent issue discusses four programs which focus on reducing opioid misuse and the related health and safety consequences surrounding them. These programs include an opioid overdose education program targeting high-risk communities, a mayoral task force in New York City which has developed a number of strategies to help with the problem, an ED that started a new process dealing with the use of controlled substances, and a program to promote the appropriate treatment decisions for those with chronic pain not caused by cancer.

The featured quality tools in the recent issue includes a resource toolkit for first responders and those who are currently recovering from opioid overdose as well as guidelines for clinicians to help them make better treatment decisions with those patients who may be currently abusing opioids. The issue also includes a manual on overdose prevention programs alongside a guide that supports implementation of overdose prevention and response strategies.

For the entire issue, please click here.
December 2, 2015

AHRQ Report: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Continue to Decline, Saving both lives and cost

In a new AHRQ report that came out on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services showed that around 87,000 lives were saved resulting in approximately $20 billion in cost savings. These savings were due to a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 – 2014. In 2014, it is estimated that HACs saw a reduction of 17 percent, contributing to an overall reduction of 2.1 million HACs since 2010.

For the complete article and infographic, please click here.


November 11, 2015 

HA, CDC Project to help hospitals implement infection prevention measures 

The AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today announced a three-year initiative to improve the implementation of infection prevention and control efforts in U.S. hospitals. The project will work with state hospital associations, state health departments, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Improvement Networks, AHA’s American Society for Healthcare Engineering affiliate and other partners to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, Clostridium difficile infections and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in targeted acute care hospitals. “We welcome the opportunity to work with CDC on the important issue of infection prevention,” said Maulik Joshi, president of HRET and associate executive vice president of AHA. “This project will build on our national work that has successfully reduced CAUTI and CLABSI rates and improved patient care.”