A national preventive program that promotes evidence-based infection prevention and control practices can curb the risk of infection by streamlining the dissemination of information to nursing home staff.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality will host a webinar on fall prevention in long-term care facilities on Aug. 13, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
About 60% of nursing home quality measures have been showing significant year-to-year improvement, but hospitals have been improving more quickly, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Government officials are developing a program that would make it easier for patients and their families to report medical mistakes made by healthcare providers.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to examine how health IT affects care quality. The agency has asked the Office of Management and Budget to approve the information collection project: "Workflow Assessment for Health IT Toolkit Evaluation." The estimated total cost of the project is $793,456 over a 27-month period from Sept. 23, 2011, to Dec. 22, 2013.
The Health and Human Service's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality said it will be giving $34 million to projects working to prevent healthcare-associated infections in long-term care facilities, hospitals, ambulatory care settings and end-stage renal disease facilities.