April 2012 Review - The Value in Transparency

Hospitals and health systems often are called upon by the General Assembly, state agencies and the public to improve the quality of health care and control costs. While some success has been achieved, real change is difficult due to a lack of transparency between and among care settings and a dearth of meaningful, accessible data. For two decades, VHHA and its members...

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December 2011 Review - Clinical Integration: Road to Improving Virginia's Health Care Delivery System

Amidst all the uncertainty and challenges facing the hospital and health system field, there are a few near certainties: Health systems are pursuing greater clinical integration and redesigning care processes to improve quality and efficiency. Payment reforms are coming that will require provider entities to assume more risk: from readmission penalties, to bundled payment options around inpatient stays, to potential episode-of-care models around a particular condition, to...

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August 2011 Review - Healthy Business Improving the Health of Virginia's Workforce

Increasing efficiency. Raising the quality bar. Controlling costs. Maintaining a stable workforce. These words have been staples in the health care vocabulary for years. They are being uttered on a daily basis by someone in the health care field, but now they are being heard everywhere. National health care reform, the economy and the federal deficit and debt limit, to name a few...

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May 2011 Review - Quality Imperative - Elevating Quality and Patient Safety Statewide

Achieving reliability in health care is complex. Nevertheless, VHHA is committed to making quality and patient safety a priority for Virginia’s hospitals and health systems. Leadership, persistence and creativity are key components for creating effective and efficient health care organizations in the Commonwealth. The VHHA Board of Directors has approved an action plan that focuses on improving quality and...

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February 2011 Review - From Camp to Career - How Health Care Summer Camps Changed Their Futures

For the last six years, VHHA has co-sponsored Health Career Camps with member hospitals as a way to “reach down the pipeline” for the future health care workforce. The camp experience introduces middle school students to the various professions and informs them of the necessary educational requirements for each field. As almost all health careers require college education,...

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Trustees & Quality, The Buck Stops Here

Governing boards of hospitals and health systems are examining their responsibility for the quality of care delivered in their organizations with new vigor in the context of recent attention to medical errors and patient safety and the proliferation of patient safety initiatives. Organizational performance improvement begins with effective governance. This article describes the legal and...

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Stroke Care in Virginia, Improvements Underway and On the Way

Hospitals and health systems constantly strive to improve the quality and safety of patient care. In Virginia, stroke care has received significant attention in recent years from providers, patient advocates and policymakers. Despite recent improvements, the Commonwealth has a relatively high level of stroke incidence and mortality compared to national averages. This article will describe...

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Preparing for the Unknown, Collaboration in Virginia's Hospital Emergency Management Program

Hospitals have for many years had emergency plans. Historically, little was done to incorporate them into regional or statewide planning. However, that changed in Virginia before the events of September 11, 2001. Events like the first New York City and Oklahoma City bombings highlighted the need to coordinate private sector health care with community emergency...

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