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The events of this past week around racial injustice have weighed heavily on all of us here at the District of Columbia Hospital Association. The tragic loss of George Floyd (MN), Breonna Taylor (KY) and Ahmaud Arbery (GA) weighs heavy on our hearts and the hurt being felt by so many people is palpable. Because of a lack of progressive change when it comes to equity in health care, economic opportunity and other systemic issues of racial disparity, we have reached a tipping point. The root of the injustice and disparities being protested is a reality we must face and work to resolve. We see it, hear it, experience it. DCHA believes that diversity, equity and ...
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The report includes summaries of admissions, discharges, patient days, neonatal and newborn admissions and patient days, emergency department visits, and ambulatory surgeries.  Inpatient admissions for acute and specialty care remained relatively stable with only slight declines for the year of 1.5% and 1.2% respectively. There was a statistically significant decrease in ED visits in 2019. The principal cause appears to be the closure of the Providence Hospital Emergency Department in April 2019. Other hospitals  throughout the city experienced disproportionate changes. When compared with 2018, four hospitals had decreased ED visits and four had increased ...
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Dear Nurses, You are dedicated. You care. You make a difference. We honor you.
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Every day, more than 30,000 dedicated health care professionals go to work in DC hospitals. Thank you to all the HEROES working to take care of us - no matter wha
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April is National Donate Life Month, a time to encourage people to register as organ, eye and tissue donors and to celebrate those that have saved lives through the gift of donation. Across the U.S., there are more than 112,000 patients on the national transplant waiting list who need a kidney, heart, lungs, pancreas, liver, or intestine. Thousands more need tissues such as corneas to restore sight, skin to heal burns, heart valves to repair defects, bones to correct injuries and tendons/ligaments to restore movement.                    Malkia White Currently, there are more than 2,200 patients in the D.C. metropolitan area waiting for a lifesaving ...
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Visit the COVID-19 Resource Center daily as new resources, tools, guidance infographics and alerts are added throughout the day. Here's a sampling of the resources you can find for health care providers, patients, caregivers and the general public. DCHA COVID-19 Resource Center For Health Care Providers Guidance for Hospital Visitor Restrictions Criteria for Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 COVID-19 Test Pricing Waivers for Health Care Practitioners and Facilities: Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, Permits and Fees AHA Letter to Surgeon General Regarding Elective Surgeries and COVID-19 Update ...
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Overview & Observations DCHA will be making improvements to the monthly utilization report starting in January 2020. One improvement will be to analyze total admissions, discharges and patient days separately for acute care facilities (ACFs) and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).  Currently, the only DC ACFs that have SNFs are Sibley Memorial Hospital, United Medical Center, and both Bridgeport Capitol Hill and National Harbor Hospitals. By earlier agreement, volume metrics have combined acute care data with SNF data. The combination makes it difficult to compare acute care metrics between facilities. For example, total patient days for facilities ...
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The Joint Commission announced yesterday, March 16, that in light of President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency regarding COVID-19, they will not interfere with the work of hospitals to prepare and care for patients during this pandemic. The Joint Commission is suspending all regular surveying beginning March 16, 2020. At this time, the Commission does not have an anticipated restart date. All postponed survey events will occur once normal operations resume. If any organizations go past their accreditation due date, accreditation will be extended without disruption to their accreditation status. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has assured ...
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This week is Patient Safety Awareness Week and DCHA salutes DC hospitals for keeping patients safe and our communities healthy.
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DC hospitals work every day to deliver compassionate, quality and safe patient care. DCHA is honored to highlight the incredible work of our member hospitals and their champions through a generous contribution from Ascension. DCHA will present awards to one clinical professional and one non-clinical professional who demonstrate a commitment to delivering better outcomes, driving improvement, strengthening care and engaging stakeholders. Awards will be presented at DCHA's Patient Safety & Quality Summit on June 4. Each winner receives $2,500. Deadine is April 17. Start Your Nominatio
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Overview & Observations DCHA routinely reports occupancy rates for several specialized patient care unit types (pages 15–23 of the report). Occupancy rates are expressed as the monthly average census as a percentage of designated beds. These rates only show occupancy volume as “within hospital.” In the graphs below, we illustrate the “within-hospital” and the “between hospital” occupancy volume. For example, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital has the highest Med-Surg Occupancy rate, yet averages 270 (54%) fewer Med-Surg patients than MedStar Washington Hospital Center (Fig 1). Similarly, Howard University Hospital has a slightly lower ICU occupancy ...
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Calling all health care professionals for DCHA's first Patient Safety and Quality Poster Competition. The purpose of the competition is to stimulate systematic investigation by health care professionals, provide a venue ( DCHA's Patient Safety & Quality Summit on June 4 ) to share innovative and effective programs, showcase unique projects, and encourage networking among peers with similar interests. The topics include clinical effectiveness, safety or patient safety, population health and service excellence. Make sure you submit your poster and abstract by March 17 for a chance at a $5,000 cash award. Complete Details of the Poster Competition
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One Organ Donor Can Save Up to Eight Lives Organ, eye and tissue donation is one of the most generous and incredible acts that a person can do. It can have such a positive and profound impact on not only the people whose lives are saved, but their families, friends and communities. So, it’s important to know the process and understand how it works. Just last year, more than  35,000 patients were helped  thanks to benevolent donors in the Metro DC area. Please feel free use and share the infographic and social media graphics about the organ donor process. If you need other graphics, contact  Jen Hirt . Infographic Twitter Graphic Facebook Graphic ...
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DC Hospitals Deliver More Than Medicine DC hospitals are a driving force in community and economic development for the District of Columbia and beyond. Download and share this infographic to promote the benefits of hospitals-beyond just delivering medicine and care. The investment report highlights DC hospital contributions to uncompensated care, charity care, bad debt, community improvement projects, health professionals education, capital improvement projects, payroll and benefits and more. Download Infograp
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Overview & Observations The total annual number of inpatient psychiatric admissions in acute care hospitals has been decreasing (Fig 1). Further analysis demonstrates that most of that decline is likely due to the closure of a psychiatric unit at Providence Hospital in October 2017. As Providence discontinued the psychiatric inpatient service, the number of admissions for the Psychiatric Institute of Washington and acute care hospitals, other than Providence, as a group increased (Fig 2). MedStar Washington Hospital Center, United Medical Center, and Howard University Hospital all had increased volume, while other hospitals were relatively unchanged, ...
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Words are powerful. They can contribute to stigma and create barriers to accessing effective treatment. Use first-person language and focus on the person, not the disorder.  Here's a helpful tool to use when discussing opioid or other substance use disorders. Download Say This, Not That Infographic
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The District of Columbia Hospital Association released a position paper outlining its vision for a health care system on the city’s East End. The document outlines our views and highlights the aspects we believe are critical to making health services for residents of Wards 7 & 8 sustainable. We have been very clear that a new acute care facility is not the cure all for the health system on the East End. The solution must encompass a hub model where specialists, primary care doctors, acute and sub-acute services work in concert to ensure that the system is all encompassing. Press Release Vision for Access and Sustainability
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DCHA members created the  Quality Collaborative  (QC) in the last quarter of 2017 to provide an advisory role to support District hospitals in their collective pursuit to become a recognized leader in high quality, safe and innovative patient care. The QC includes a core committee and workgroup structure to identify best practices and facilitate performance improvement activities. The QC is proud to announce that DC hospitals, through the leadership and collaboration of the Infectious Disease/ Infection Prevention (IDIP) Committee, have improved their state rankings significantly in three healthcare-associated infection (HAI) measures. Read Full Sto
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Overview & Observations The general increasing trend in Observation Admissions was noted in this report (figure 1). Further analysis to identify whether the recent increase observed over the last six months indicated any statistically significant change over the prior period was conducted.A control chart analysis with control limits set at the 3-sigma level did not indicate a significant shift over the past six months (figure 2). However, outliers above the upper control limit were noted for three of the past six months. We will continue to closely monitor. Download August 2019 Utilization Report Figure 1 Figur
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