IHA Daily Briefing: May 15

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Leapfrog Issues Spring Hospital Safety Grades – IL 14th
HRSA Awards IL Rural Hospitals Opioid Grants
Input Needed: IHA Emergency Preparedness Exercise
Hotel Discount Ends 5/22 for IHA Small & Rural Meeting
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Leapfrog Issues Spring Hospital Safety Grades – IL 14th
Today, the Leapfrog Group issued its Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades, assigning letter grades for patient safety. Nationwide, of more than 2,600 hospitals graded, 32% received an “A,” 26% a “B,” 36% a “C,” 6% a “D,” and just under 1% an “F.”

“The good news is that tens of thousands of lives have been saved because of progress on patient safety. The bad news is that there’s still a lot of needless death and harm in American hospitals,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals don’t all have the same track record, so it really matters which hospital people choose, which is the purpose of our Hospital Safety Grade.”

Illinois ranked 14th nationwide, based on its percentage of “A” hospitals (38%) out of the total number of hospitals graded – moving down slightly from 13th in the Fall 2018 rankings. Of the 110 Illinois hospitals graded by Leapfrog, 42 received an “A,” 30 a “B,” 33 a “C,” and five a “D”. (See Illinois list).

Hospitals and health systems across Illinois are actively engaged in and committed to improving quality and safety. The Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), a collaborative between IHA, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, includes 130 Illinois hospitals that are working to substantially reduce hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Midwest Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS), a federally certified Patient Safety Organization, supports many patient safety initiatives, providing full privileges and confidentiality, secure adverse event data-collection solutions, peer networking/learning, and educational tools to improve patient care.

HRSA Awards IL Rural Hospitals Opioid Grants
On Monday, the Health Resources and Services Administration announced 120 organizations, including four Illinois rural hospitals, will be awarded $200,000 grants to develop community partnerships and plans to prevent and reduce opioid use disorder in high-risk rural counties. The Illinois hospital grant recipients are:

  • Chestnut Health Systems, Inc. (Bloomington);
  • Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services (Gibson City);
  • Jersey Community Hospital District (Jerseyville); and
  • St. Francis Hospital Third Order (Litchfield)

HRSA also is accepting applications through June 10 for grants of up to $725,000 each to expand access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid and other substance use disorders in high-risk rural communities. See the IHA Daily Briefing story on the MAT grants here.

Input Needed: IHA Emergency Preparedness Exercise
With emergency preparedness critical for all hospitals, IHA asks members to complete a brief survey to help shape this fall's IHA Emergency Preparedness Exercise. IHA's annual exercise is designed to help your organization meet regulatory requirements and to enhance organizational and regional preparedness efforts.

Please complete the survey by Friday, May 31. It should take about seven minutes of your time.

Input from hospital leadership and staff helps ensure the 2019 exercise addresses the preparedness needs of IHA members. An email about the survey was sent directly to hospital emergency preparedness contacts last week.

IHA's annual exercise is a popular and essential IHA offering to members. It can help meet a requirement of the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services that hospitals demonstrate completion of two preparedness exercises per year.

Your input is needed even if your organization has not participated in IHA's exercise in the past. We encourage all members to plan to join us this fall. More information on the exercise is forthcoming.

Hotel Discount Ends 5/22 for IHA Small & Rural Meeting
There's still time to book a hotel room for IHA's Small & Rural Hospitals Annual Meeting. The discounted rated is available until next Wednesday, May 22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield—the same convenient location as the event.

On June 20-21, BE HERE: Innovations in Rural Healthcare will bring together expert presenters, hospital leaders and board members from across the state to strategize on top issues in rural healthcare.

  • Unconscious bias—Keynote speaker Gloria Goins, an expert on workplace diversity, will examine the effects of stereotypes on patient safety, quality of care and mortality, and why cross-cultural competency is a "must-have" skill.
  • Emergency preparedness—Christopher K. Lake, PhD, of the Nevada Hospital Association, will share vital lessons learned from the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, as well as measures hospitals can take to prepare for large-scale disasters.
  • Healthcare consumerism—Ryan Donohue of the National Research Corporation will discuss findings of a national research study about what drives consumer perceptions and behavior in healthcare.

In addition, IHA's Government Relations leaders will share advocacy updates from Springfield and Washington, D.C., along with the latest news from the spring legislative session in Springfield. In the closing session, Sonya Jones, one of the most memorable contestants on NBC's The Biggest Loser, will inspire you to go "all in" with life to become the best version of yourself.

Are you ready to get inspired? Register today. Book your hotel room online using code H5H or by phone at 217-529-7777.

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Join AHA Thursday at 10 a.m. CDT for a #HospitalWeek Twitter chat, where the hospital community celebrates the hope and healing on display every day in hospitals and health systems across the country.