Comparing Patient Satisfaction Scores to Measure Improvement

Patients’ satisfaction with care is an important health care metric as the hospital community continues to move towards value-based and consumer-driven delivery models. Positive patient experiences impact hospitals in several ways. Satisfied patients are more likely to participate in their care. This can enhance a hospital’s reputation. There is also evidence that positive patient experience,...

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Rate of NAS Babies Rose 11 Percent in 2017

Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) is a condition that afflicts babies born experiencing symptoms associated with withdrawal from exposure to certain drugs in the womb before birth. NAS is most often caused when a mother misuses opioids during pregnancy. In the United States, the incidence of NAS has steadily increased since the 1970s and has now...

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C. Difficile Rates and Antibiotic Usage

The VHHA Quality and Patient Safety Advisory Council recently conducted a review of regional C.difficile data throughout Virginia. C. difficile is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. The bacterium can be found in any environment, including hospitals, post-acute, and long-term care facilities where people are more...

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Updated Legislative Dashboards Include ‘Housing Security’ Metrics

VHHA’s Community Health Legislative Dashboards, which track key health care metrics in localities corresponding to the Commonwealth’s 100 House of Delegates and 40 state Senate districts, have recently been updated online. A previous Research Corner column introduced “food security” as a new metric to provide a more complete picture of community health. This week’s Research...

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VHHA Community Health Legislative Dashboards Now Include Food Insecurity

VHHA’s Community Health Legislative Dashboards, which track key health care metrics in localities corresponding to the Commonwealth’s 100 House of Delegates and 40 state Senate districts, have recently been updated online. The dashboards have a new look, incorporate newly elected members of the Virginia General Assembly, and feature some new health metrics, one of which...

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Opioid Prescription Volume Declining

Awareness of prescribing behavior across the Commonwealth is a key first step in understanding opioid availability. Due to the availability of prescription claims data1 in the Virginia All-Payer Claims Database, we can answer questions about prescription volume, refills, and which clinical specialty areas are responsible for dispensing the greatest volume of opioids. And with the...

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Availability of Robotic Surgery Linked to Population Concentration

The first robotic surgery on record was performed in 1985 when a robotic arm was used to take a brain biopsy. In the 30-plus years since, robotic surgical systems have evolved from computer-assisted models to modern controller-controlled robotic systems that replicate the surgeon’s exact movements through robotic instruments working on a patient. Robotic surgery has...

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Virginia Hospitals Exceed $3.25 Billion in Community Benefit

Virginia’s hospitals and health systems provided more than $3.25 billion in community benefit and other types of community support in the Commonwealth in 2016, according to data provided by 94 Virginia hospitals that has been analyzed by the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA). The amount of community benefit provided by Virginia’s tax-exempt hospitals exceeded...

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