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  1. Content Article
    As the USA's largest health insurer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has established quality standards, metrics, and programmes to improve healthcare not just for the 170 million individuals supported by its programmes, but for all Americans. The 2024 National Impact Assessment of CMS Quality Measures Report (Impact Assessment Report) assesses the quality and efficiency impact of measures endorsed by the consensus-based entity and used by CMS.
  2. News Article
    A new CMS report reveals disparities in care quality and patient safety within US hospitals before and during the pandemic, finding "a large proportion of measures had worse than expected performance." CMS released its 2024 National Impact Assessment Feb. 28, which is released every three years and evaluates the measures used in 26 CMS quality and value-based incentive payment programs. This edition of the report compares quality measure scores pre-COVID-19 with hospitals' results in 2020 and 2021, the initial years of the COVID-19 public health emergency. Here are eight findings from the 72-page assessment: 1. During 2020 and 2021, a large proportion of measures had worse than expected performance, including significant worsening of key patient safety metrics. 2. Half or more of the performance measures in five priorities had worse results in 2021 than expected from the 2016–2019 baseline. Priorities with the highest proportions of worse-than-expected results in 2021 were wellness and prevention (69%), behavioural health (55%), safety (54%), chronic conditions (52%), and seamless care coordination (50%). 3. Specific to safety, standardised infection ratios worsened significantly in hospitals for central line–associated bloodstream infections (94% worse), MRSA (55% worse) and CAUTI (34% worse). Before the Covid-19 PHE (2015–2019), 34,455 fewer healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) were reported in acute care settings. 4. More than 35% of measures in two priorities had better results in 2021 than expected from 2016–2019 baseline trends. Those priorities are seamless care coordination (50%) and affordability and efficiency (38%). 5. Specific to affordability and efficiency, emergency department visits for home health patients fared 1.4 percentage points better, and acute care hospitalization in the first 60 days of home health in 2021 was 1.5 percentage points better. 6. Accountable entities with the highest proportions of worse than expected results in 2021 were clinicians (64%), accountable care organizations (54%), and acute care facilities (54%). 7. Wellness and prevention had the highest percentage of measures showing health equity disparities; notable examples include pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations among racial and ethnic groups. 8. Comparison racial and ethnic groups fared worse than the White reference group on 40 of 45 (88.9%) affordability and efficiency measures and 32 of 41 (78%) chronic conditions measures. For example, disparities were recorded for Black or African American patients in 32, or 71%, of the affordability and efficiency measures, mostly related to readmissions. Read full story Source: Becker Hospital Review, 29 February 2024
  3. Content Article
    The aim of this study was to investigate the incident reporting process (IR1s), to calculate the costs of reporting incidents in this context and to gain an indication of how economic the process was and whether it could be improved to yield better outcomes.
  4. Content Article
    The Covid-19 pandemic led to unprecedented healthcare disruption across the UK. In England, the number of patient referrals waiting to be treated in hospital was more than 7·2 million at the end of October, 2022. In response, the UK Government set up an elective recovery taskforce (ERT) in December, 2022, to help NHS England tackle this backlog. Ahmar Shah and colleagues estimated the extent of healthcare disruption during the Covid-19 pandemic to aid decision making regarding the necessary capacity increases that are required to address the ensuing backlog. The study, published in The Lancet, found NHS waiting list for elective treatment increased between 1 Jan 2012, and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, suggesting a gradual service decline. The waiting list then substantially increased during the pandemic, but this substantial increase is likely to represent a substantial underestimation of the backlog because of the anticipated large numbers of people who have still not come forward for care. Even if the ambitious target of 30% increase in capacity is achieved during the next 3 years, several years (beyond the end of 2025) will be needed for the backlog to clear. This study emphasises the need to improve health-care system resilience to ensure that the effects of any future emergencies on the provision of routine care are minimised.
  5. News Article
    The NHS must treat at least 10% more non-emergency hospital cases a month if it wants to reduce the hefty backlog caused by the pandemic, according to new analysis. From February 2020 to October 2022, the waiting list for non-urgent care in England grew by 2.6m cases – a projected 1.8m more than if the pandemic had not hit. NHS England’s recovery plan aims to increase capacity by 30% by 2025 compared with pre-pandemic levels, but figures published on Thursday showed that the waiting list in England stood at 7.6m, down just 1.3% from the previous month. Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde examined the number of referrals awaiting treatment between January 2012 and October 2022. They calculated that an estimated 10.2m fewer referrals were made to elective care from the beginning of the pandemic to 31 October 2022. They then modelled how many of these missing patients might return for care to estimate the potential impact on waiting lists. NHS trusts would have to treat more than 10% to reverse the increasing trend in waiting lists, the authors conclude. “Even if the ambitious target of 30% increase in capacity is achieved during the next three years, several years (beyond the end of 2025) will be needed for the backlog to clear.” The research comes as NHS England monthly data published on Thursday revealed the health service is going backwards on some key targets. Read full story Source: The Guardian, 11 January 2024
  6. Content Article
    In this analysis, the Health Foundation looks at the outlook for health funding following the 2022 Autumn Statement, draws out some implications for clearing the NHS estate maintenance backlog and looks at the potential impact of pay and other cost pressures on NHS spending power. 
  7. Content Article
    This study in JAMA Health Forum aimed to assess the costs of inpatient falls and cost benefits associated with the Fall TIPS (Tailoring Interventions for Patient Safety) Program. The authors carried out an economic evaluation across a large cohort of 900,635 patients. The average total cost of a fall was $62 521 ($35 365 direct costs), and injury was not significantly associated with increased costs. The Fall TIPS Program was associated with $22 million in savings at study sites across the five year study period. The findings of this study indicate that implementation of cost-effective, evidence-based safety programs was associated with lower cost and care burdens associated with inpatient falls and are a step toward safer, more affordable patient care.
  8. Content Article
    National Education for Scotland research and evaluation work has shown wide variations in the standard of significant event analysis (SEAs) undertaken by frontline healthcare teams. The direct implication is that there are many missed opportunities to learn from and improve the safety of patient care. As a consequence, NES developed a robust educational model to enable clinicians, managers and healthcare teams to submit SEA reports for feedback from trained peer groups.
  9. Event
    The new NHS Patient Safety Syllabus has brought education and training to the fore to push patient safety in healthcare. Based on the syllabus this masterclass will focus on how Human Factors and Red Teams can be improve patient safety. Red Teams are defined as a team that is formed with the objective of subjecting an organisation’s plans, programmes, ideas and assumptions to rigorous analysis and challenge. It will look at the use of Red Teaming taken from the Ministry of Defence for supporting staff and teams faced with different problems and challenges in healthcare. It will look at how you can use these techniques to improve problem solving and making decisions across all levels of the organisations. Red Teaming is the independent application of a range of structured, creative and critical thinking techniques to assist healthcare staff make a better-informed decision or produce a more robust product. Finally, it will address problems and develop capability within healthcare organisations. It introduces more formal analytical techniques that can be used with more complex problems when more time is available. Register hub members receive a 20% discount. Email info@pslhub.org for discount code.
  10. Content Article
    New research from Healthwatch shows that people are currently facing multiple cancellations or postponements of care which are having a significant impact on their lives and symptoms, while further increasing health inequalities.   Healthwatch cmmissioned a survey of 1084 people who have seen their NHS care either cancelled or postponed this year to understand the extent of disruption to care amid rising waiting lists, workforce issues, and industrial action, and other pressures on the NHS.  
  11. Content Article
    This report sets out the impact the Point of Care Foundation’s programmes have had on people who use and deliver health and care services, in its mission to humanise healthcare.
  12. Content Article
    A themed review may be useful in understanding common links, themes or issues within a cluster of investigations or incidents. It will seek to understand key barriers or facilitators to safety using reference cases (e.g. individual datix incidents or previous investigations). 
  13. Content Article
    This review covers the impact the Eastern AHSN has delivered throughout the East of England and beyond in 2022/23, including an increased focus on fostering an innovation culture, tackling health inequalities, and supporting innovators to turn their ideas into positive health impact.
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