Initiatives

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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AHA: Hospitals boost quality, save costs

The AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust helped hospitals reduce non-medically necessary early elective deliveries by 42% and readmissions by 14% in one year, for an estimated savings of $10 million and $100 million, respectively, according to a report released … more

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DCHA and Delmarva Foundation Sponsor Quality Seminar on VTEs

In DCHA’s ongoing effort to support its Hospital Engagement Network and provide members with educational opportunities related to quality, the Association teamed up with the Delmarva Foundation of the District of Columbia to sponsor a seminar yesterday on Venous Thrombosis … more

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CDC: Hospitals continue to reduce infections

Hospitals reduced central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections by 41% and 17%, respectively, between 2008 and 2011, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from declines of 32% and 7%, … more

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CMS issues ICD-10 reference tool for FY 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ ICD-10 MS-DRG Conversion Project has released a definitions manual and code editor reference tool using the fiscal year 2013 Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Groups. Health care providers can use the manual and editor, available … more

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DCHA Hosts Readmissions Workshop

On November 29, DCHA hosted a workshop designed to help our hospitals’ CEOs, Medical Directors and quality staff to understand the impact of and improve the rates of potentially avoidable readmissions in hospital and health systems. The workshop was attended by  approximately 40 … more

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Report, graphic highlight hospitals’ unique standby role, challenges

The AHA today released a report explaining the unique standby role hospitals play as providers of around-the-clock emergency, safety net and disaster response care, and the current reimbursement and staffing challenges to providing these critical services. An accompanying infographic details … more

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Joint Commission reports continued improvement in hospital care

Hospitals continue to improve the quality of their care, according to the latest annual report from The Joint Commission. The report examines the performance of more than 3,300 accredited hospitals on 45 evidence-based practices for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, … more

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Hospitals, Media and Government Discuss Communication at #DCEmergency Conference

Representatives of the DCHA Communications Committee collaborated with the DC Emergency Healthcare Coalition – through a grant from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) – to coordinate the #DCEmergency: Best Practices for Healthcare … more

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District Officials Brief Hospitals at DCHA Environmental Protection Meeting

Today’s meeting of the DCHA Environmental Protection Committee provided speakers on a number of educational topics for the hospital representatives in attendance, each designed to assist the hospitals’ sustainability directors, environmental services personnel and facilities managers in complying with District and federal laws … more

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