Initiatives

City-Wide CRE Study

District hospitals and skilled nursing facilities have collaborated to complete a first of its kind point prevalence study about the ‘super bug’ carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). The goal was to proactively work together to address antimicrobial resistance and determine the prevalence of … more

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National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Training

Join us on June 2, 2016 from 9:00 – 3:00 pm to learn about updates to the NHSN Patient Safety Component Manual, the application of the NHSN definitions to case studies, and more. Featured Speaker: Deoine Reed, PhD, MHCM, CIC … more

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ECRI Institute 2016 Webinar Schedule

The ECRI Institute has announced a series of upcoming webinars available to District of Columbia Hospitals. These free courses are being offered as part of the Department of Health’s Adverse Events Reporting contract with ECRI. All of the webinars will … more

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CDC Examines Superbugs and Healthcare-Associated Conditions

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care facilities and providers in the United States are making progress on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The agency also notes that there is more to be done, especially as it … more

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Infectious Disease/Infection Control Committee Hears Presentation on Antimicrobial Resistance Coalition

On Wednesday, DCHA’s ID/IC Committee heard a presentation from Dr. Jesse Goodman from Georgetown University on the Region Organized Against Resistance (ROAR) Coalition, which is supported by the Center on Medical Product Access, Safety and Stewardship at Georgetown University Medical Center. The goal of … more

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CRE Point Prevalence Study Sampling Begins Next Week

The DCHA Board of Directors launched the Board Quality Initiative in 2013 to work collaboratively to raise quality across all member hospitals. In addition, they envisioned providing a mechanism for designing innovative approaches to solving challenging issues faced by our … more

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Bill Would Factor Socioeconomic Risk into Hospital Readmission Rates

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) introduced AHA-supported legislation (H.R. 4188) that would adjust the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program to account for certain socioeconomic and health factors that can increase the risk of a patient’s readmission, such as being eligible for … more

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HRET HEN Improves Care for 69,000 Patients, Saves Nearly $202 Million

On Wednesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) announced that the HRET Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), which includes DCHA HEN Hospitals, provided enhanced care for more than 69,000 patients over the first two … more

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Three District Hospitals Receive Excellence Award for Quality Improvement

The Delmarva Foundation of the District Columbia announced that three District Hospitals received the Excellence Award for Quality Improvement for 2013. Recipients of the Award are MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Sibley Memorial Hospital. According to Delmarva the “Excellence … more

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DCHA and Delmarva Foundation Host Training on Updated NHSN Definitions

On Tuesday, May 14, 2013, the District of Columbia Hospital Association and the Delmarva Foundation of the District of Columbia collaborated to provide training to District Hospitals on the updated definitions for reporting to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). According to the … more

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