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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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Overview & Observations The summary of Total Patient Days for acute care hospitals (see page 4 of the report) shows a 10.5% decrease this July compared with last July and a 4% decrease in the last three months compared with the same interval last year. However, the comparison of the most recent 12 months with the preceding 12 months shows a 1.7% increase. A review of the different variables submitted by acute care hospitals reveal that there are decreases in all measures except for Total Patient Days, Neonatal Admissions and Observation Patient Data. The graph below summarizes the percentage of change for 12 variabl
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Overview & Observations The summary of Total Patient Days for acute care hospitals (see page 4 of the report) shows a 10.5% decrease this July compared with last July and a 4% decrease in the last three months compared with the same interval last year. However, the comparison of the most recent 12 months with the preceding 12 months shows a 1.7% increase. A review of the different variables submitted by acute care hospitals reveal that there are decreases in all measures except for Total Patient Days, Neonatal Admissions and Observation Patient Data. The graph below summarizes the percentage of change for 12 variabl
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Overview & Observations In recent monthly summaries, we focused on the impact of the termination of Providence Hospital acute care services and decreased Emergency Department (ED) operations since December 2018. In addition to the previously noted shift in ED visits to other hospitals after the Providence closure, a general increase in ED visits per day was also noted across the majority of hospitals beginning in March 2019. These patterns are more pronounced when examining ED visits as a rate per day rather than by straight count per month. The table below summarizes the most recent 12 months of Emergency Department data with a color metric to highlight ...
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DCHA was happy to host and be part of a thoughtful group of health care advocates serving on the Mayor's Commission on Healthcare Systems Transformations. The first meeting on June 25 was a productive discussion of member priorities and concerns, along with approval of the bylaws. The Commission will consist of six subcommittees: Equitable Geographic Distribution of Acute, Urgent and Specialty Care Access to Critical Care and Urgent Care Services Emergency Room Overcrowding & General Reliance on Inpatient Hospital Care Allied Health Care Professionals Discharge Planning & Transitions to Care Value-Based Purchasing of Health ...
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Never Underestimate the Power of a Giving Individual to Make a Difference in the World It takes a lot of local heroes to keep a community healthy. DCHA is hosting its first awards luncheon to celebrate and honor D.C. Health Heroes whose inspiring and extraordinary acts make the health and wellness of their community a better place.  These special people are the quiet and dedicated yet unsung members of the community who are making a difference to improve the health and well-being in their own neighborhoods and across the City.   Please join us for our annual celebration of hospitals and to honor the spirit of giving at our inaugural Health Heroes Awards ...
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DCHA Quality Showcase-Specialty Hospital Edition D.C. hospitals adopted a resolution of commitment to foster a culture of quality and patient safety that drives positive health outcomes for patients, staff and the community. We at DCHA are proud to be involved in facilitating collaborative actions and convening community stakeholders to drive improvement across the District of Columbia and the region. We celebrate the work of our members, in this edition specifically showcasing D.C. specialty hospitals in improving patient safety and health care quality through innovative practices that disrupt the status quo. The works and successes presented in this publication ...
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION GIVES 2019 PATIENT SAFETY & QUALITY AWARDS On June 6, the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA), awarded its 2019 Patient Safety & Quality Awards recognizing five exceptional individuals and teams in the hospital community. Two individuals and three teams were recognized at DCHA’s Patient Safety and Quality Summit at the Marriott Marquis in D.C. “We are so pleased to recognize and celebrate individuals and teams for working tirelessly every day on behalf of patients and families,” said DCHA President & CEO Jacqueline D. Bowens, “It’s through the hard work of hospital personnel that help ...
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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 for the month of February 2019. Overview & Observations Emergency Department (ED) visits in January increased along with the CDC noted influenza outbreak. However, ED visits decreased in February despite CDC reported increased incidence in Region 3 (Delaware, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia ). Underlying reasons for this pattern are unclear based upon the utilization data available. Hospitals may wish to further analyze reasons for admission or diagnostic ...
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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 for the month of January 2019. Overview & Observations Two variables that appear to have significantly impacted utilization in D.C. hospitals in January were the regional  influenza outbreak  as well as the  termination of Providence Hospital acute care services  and decreased Emergency Department operations in December. Most other acute care hospitals had relative increases in admissions, emergency department visits, and observation patient admissions. MedStar Washington Hospital ...
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its final payment system rule for 2019. The rule contains a transparency provision, that went into effect Jan. 1, 2019. It requires hospitals to provide medical pricing information to the public. This document is designed for the consumer and/or patient to help you understand the complex system of hospital billing and patient charges for medical procedures. Our goal is to assist you in finding your out-of-pocket costs and avoid surprise charges. This document includes common terms and definitions, frequently asked questions and the right questions to asks hospitals, providers and insurance ...
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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. New to this year's report is data including observation patients and patient days, occupancy rate and operating beds per hospital. Overview & Observations In contrasting 2018 with the recent past, the greatest influence was from changes in services offered by United Medical Center and Providence Hospital. UMC discontinued the maternal/newborn services in September 2017. Providence discontinued maternal newborn/newborn services and psychiatric services in October 2017, ...
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The District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) has been awarded a grant to establish and implement an Emergency Department (ED) Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Induction program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Howard University Hospital and United Medial Center to identify and provide access to immediate substance use treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). In 2017, DC experienced 279 deaths related to opioid overdose. This induction program will ensure that persons with OUD have the opportunity to make the decision to accept treatment during their visit to the emergency room. Following the initial treatment received at ...
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The DCHA Chief Nursing Officer Committee hosted a launch party on Jan. 24 at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington to celebrate the reinstatement of the D.C. Chapter of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (ONE|DC). More than 60 nurse leaders attended the launch of ONE|DC for a night of celebration and professional networking.   The vision of ONE|DC is to shape the future of nursing and health care for the District of Columbia through innovative leadership, evidence-based practice and education. ONE|DC will consist of nurse leaders and nurses aspiring to be leaders from all care settings. This includes, but not limited to, nurse executives, administrators, ...
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This is to clarify a previous communication regarding Providence Hospital operations. Providence’s Emergency Care Center remains open, fully staffed, and available to serve the District of Columbia community, with the same range of services that we have always provided to support our emergency care patients, including an inpatient unit, lab, diagnostic imaging, respiratory care, discharge planning, and other ancillary services and support. Following helpful discussions with elected officials, the Department of Health, the DC Hospital Association, and members of the community, Providence will continue to operate the emergency care center through April 30, 2019, ...
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2018 marks 40 years of the District of Columbia Hospital Association's (DCHA) collaboration with members on important issues facing D.C. hospitals and the community. This past year, D.C. hospitals adopted a resolution of commitment to foster a culture of quality and patient safety that drives positive health outcomes for patients, staff and the community. DCHA is proud to be involved in facilitating collaborative actions and convening community stakeholders to drive improvement across the District of Columbia and the region. We celebrate the work of our members and the broader D.C. health care community in improving patient safety and health care quality ...
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Washington, D.C. - The District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary as the  unifying force advancing hospitals and health systems in the District of Columbia. DCHA is hosting an educational symposium on Nov. 15, DISRUPTION! Relevance, Impact & The Road Ahead for Health Care at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, featuring keynoters, thought leaders and presenters conversing about disruption in the marketplace, consumerism, leveraging technology, pay for performance, workforce resiliency and other important topics impacting hospitals, health care providers and patients. The symposium will explore ...
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Washington, DC – August 10, 2018 – The District of Columbia Hospital Association continues to support the efforts of the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Health to address the delivery of health services to all District residents, and the immediate need to improve access to comprehensive health services for residents of Wards 7 and 8. Last October, DCHA released a position paper entitled: Health Care Services on the District’s East End: A Vision for Access and Sustainability. In that paper, we laid out our strategy for improving health care in the Eastern side of the city. DCHA and its members continue to support an East End ...
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Emergency codes are important announcements to ensure facilities operate in accordance with their mission and to the best of their capabilities. The Department of Homeland Security released a report in 2008 citing the importance of using standardized plain language codes. The report writes, “The use of plain language (clear text) in emergency management and incident response is a matter of public safety, especially the safety of emergency management/response personnel and those affected by the incident. It is critical that all those involved with an incident know and use commonly established operational structures, terminology, policies and procedures. ...
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