The Research Department provides analyses to support advocacy efforts on behalf of VHHA’s members. This section of the VHHA website will provide you with the latest research and analysis of important and emerging trends in Virginia hospitals.
The Research Department oversees the inpatient, ambulatory, community benefit, financial, and special studies databases. It uses data from state and national sources to address policy questions and issues. The research staff is a resource for hospitals. Every year, VHHA releases a series of reports that provide up-to-date information on both health and hospital trends. Recent studies help track improvements in patient safety and quality, and reductions in readmissions. The research team also conducts population health studies to support members’ community health assessments.
How Medicare-Only Patient Analysis Impacts Hospital Readmission Rankings (5/5)Beginning with 2016 third quarter data, VHHA is providing hospital standardized readmission rankings using Medicare-only patient data, as well as all-payer patient data because hospitals officials have expressed interest in seeing the population that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reviews. Read More
Anticipating the Effectiveness of Virginia’s Opioid Prescribing Rules (4/21)Last month, the Virginia Board of Medicine issued emergency regulations limiting the amounts of opioids providers can prescribe to patients. That action is one facet of the Commonwealth’s ongoing response to the opioid crisis that has resulted in an escalation of related deaths. Read More