News by Category: Quality Improvement

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United Hospital Fund Receives Grant from New York State Health Foundation to Study Ways to Improve Discharge Planning by Improving Patient and Family Communications

Release Date: 10.20.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

UHF was awarded a grant of $219,606 by the New York State Health Foundation to improve the ability of patients and their families to make the best possible decisions about post-actue care. 

Related initiatives: Quality Improvement

Measures that Matter: Team Seeks Data that Consumers Can Use for Health Care Decisions

Release Date: 10.04.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

For New Yorkers trying to choose a doctor or hospital, finding valid, relevant, and accessible quality comparisons is remarkably difficult. A Quality Institute project is tackling the problem, examining publicly available quality measures, what consumers most want to know, and the obstacles to finding that information.

Related initiatives: Quality Improvement, Empowering New Yorkers with Quality Information They Value

Aiming for “Best Practices”: UHF Learning Collaborative Focuses on Outpatient Antibiotic Use

Release Date: 08.08.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

UHF’s Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative has entered its second stage, with participating health systems and hospitals joining in a Learning Collaborative to improve prescribing for adults with acute respiratory infections.

Related initiatives: Quality Improvement, Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative, Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative, Antibiotic Stewardship Program, Managing Antibiotics

Learning Collaborative: How Do We Prioritize Patients’ Goals?

Release Date: 07.19.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

The second meeting of participants in a learning collaborative that is part of the Patient-Reported Outcomes in Primary Care–New York (PROPC–NY) initiative took place at United Hospital Fund on June 20. A project of UHF’s Quality Institute, PROPC–NY, supported by a $300,000 grant from the Engelberg Foundation, aims to better capture how patients experience and evaluate their own health care, in order to improve care planning and its impact.    

Related initiatives: Patient-Reported Outcomes in Primary Care-New York (PROPC-NY), Quality Improvement

Clinical Quality Fellows: Agents of Health Care Change

Release Date: 05.19.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

The latest graduating class of Clinical Quality Fellows are addressing the challenges of increasing system-wide connections and patient-centered care.

Related initiatives: Quality Improvement, Clinical Quality Fellowship Program

United Hospital Fund, Seven Hospitals Expand Efforts to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing for Outpatients in New York City

Release Date: 04.26.2017
Contact: Catherine Arnst

 United Hospital Fund (UHF) announced today that it is launching Stage II of its Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative to improve antibiotic prescribing for outpatients across New York City, working with seven hospitals and health systems encompassing 35 outpatient practices.

Related initiatives: Antibiotic Stewardship Program, Antibiotic Stewardship Certification Program, Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative, Quality Improvement

New Toolkit Aims to Prevent Dangerous Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in the Home Care Setting

Release Date: 06.14.2016
Contact: Bob de Luna
A new toolkit offers practical approaches and tools for home care professionals and hospital acute care providers to systematically assess the risks for and reduce the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections in patients receiving home health care services. Related initiatives: Quality Improvement, PICC Line Initiative

Quality Fellows Use New Skills to Improve Patient Care

Release Date: 04.21.2016
Contact: Bob de Luna

Having completed an intensive 15-month program to learn proven techniques to advance quality and patient safety programs in their hospitals, the 2015/2016 class of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program and their Capstone projects were celebrated and featured at a culminating meeting and dinner at United Hospital Fund on April 14.

Related initiatives: Quality Improvement, Clinical Quality Fellowship Program

United Hospital Fund Announces New Initiative to Tackle Problem of Antibiotic Misuse in Outpatient Care

Release Date: 02.22.2016
Contact: Bob de Luna

United Hospital Fund announced the launch of its Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative involving hospitals across the metropolitan area in a concerted effort to improve antibiotic-prescribing practices in the community.

Related initiatives: Antibiotic Stewardship Program, Antibiotic Stewardship Certification Program, Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative

United Hospital Fund Report Details Lessons Learned in Reducing Avoidable Hospital Readmissions

Release Date: 10.14.2014
Contact: Bob de Luna
This United Hospital Fund report details lessons learned from a multi-hospital initiative focused on reducing readmissions. Related initiatives: Quality Improvement, Preventable Hospital Readmission Initiative

Clinical Quality Fellows Share Practical Lessons

Release Date: 05.13.2014
Contact: Bob de Luna

New graduates of the Clinical Quality Fellowship Program marked the completion of their intensive quality improvement training with the presentation of three of the program’s required “capstone” projects. The class is the sixth to participate in the nationally recognized program— sponsored by United Hospital Fund and the Greater New York Hospital Association—that is preparing a new generation of quality improvement and patient safety experts and “champions.”

Related initiatives: Quality Improvement, Clinical Quality Fellowship Program
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