Preventable Emergency Department Visits

A preventable emergency department (ED) visit occurs when a patient seeks ED treatment for a health condition that can be treated in a non-emergency setting or avoided due to previous preventive care.1 Many factors contribute to patients seeking ED care for non-emergencies. For instance, a 2012 BMC Health Services Research study identified three consistent themes...

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Virginia Infant Mortality Trends

The Virginia Department of Health and the State Child Fatality Review Team recently released the Infant Mortality Trends in Virginia 2014-2016 report. Representatives from across the continuum of care, including the Virginia Departments of Health, Social Services, and Education are part of the interdisciplinary team involved in producing the report, which highlights the leading causes...

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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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