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Overview & Observations In recent monthly summaries, we focused on the impact of the termination of Providence Hospital acute care services and decreased Emergency Department (ED) operations since December 2018. In addition to the previously noted shift in ED visits to other hospitals after the Providence closure, a general increase in ED visits per day was also noted across the majority of hospitals beginning in March 2019. These patterns are more pronounced when examining ED visits as a rate per day rather than by straight count per month. The table below summarizes the most recent 12 months of Emergency Department data with a color metric to highlight ...
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DCHA was happy to host and be part of a thoughtful group of health care advocates serving on the Mayor's Commission on Healthcare Systems Transformations. The first meeting on June 25 was a productive discussion of member priorities and concerns, along with approval of the bylaws. The Commission will consist of six subcommittees: Equitable Geographic Distribution of Acute, Urgent and Specialty Care Access to Critical Care and Urgent Care Services Emergency Room Overcrowding & General Reliance on Inpatient Hospital Care Allied Health Care Professionals Discharge Planning & Transitions to Care Value-Based Purchasing of Health ...
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Never Underestimate the Power of a Giving Individual to Make a Difference in the World It takes a lot of local heroes to keep a community healthy. DCHA is hosting its first awards luncheon to celebrate and honor D.C. Health Heroes whose inspiring and extraordinary acts make the health and wellness of their community a better place.  These special people are the quiet and dedicated yet unsung members of the community who are making a difference to improve the health and well-being in their own neighborhoods and across the City.   Please join us for our annual celebration of hospitals and to honor the spirit of giving at our inaugural Health Heroes Awards ...
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DCHA Quality Showcase-Specialty Hospital Edition D.C. hospitals adopted a resolution of commitment to foster a culture of quality and patient safety that drives positive health outcomes for patients, staff and the community. We at DCHA are proud to be involved in facilitating collaborative actions and convening community stakeholders to drive improvement across the District of Columbia and the region. We celebrate the work of our members, in this edition specifically showcasing D.C. specialty hospitals in improving patient safety and health care quality through innovative practices that disrupt the status quo. The works and successes presented in this publication ...
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION GIVES 2019 PATIENT SAFETY & QUALITY AWARDS On June 6, the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA), awarded its 2019 Patient Safety & Quality Awards recognizing five exceptional individuals and teams in the hospital community. Two individuals and three teams were recognized at DCHA’s Patient Safety and Quality Summit at the Marriott Marquis in D.C. “We are so pleased to recognize and celebrate individuals and teams for working tirelessly every day on behalf of patients and families,” said DCHA President & CEO Jacqueline D. Bowens, “It’s through the hard work of hospital personnel that help ...
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The report includes summaries of admissions, discharges, patient days, neonatal and newborn admissions and patient days, emergency department visits, and ambulatory surgeries for the month of February 2019. Overview & Observations Emergency Department (ED) visits in January increased along with the CDC noted influenza outbreak. However, ED visits decreased in February despite CDC reported increased incidence in Region 3 (Delaware, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia ). Underlying reasons for this pattern are unclear based upon the utilization data available. Hospitals may wish to further analyze reasons for admission or diagnostic ...
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The report includes summaries of admissions, discharges, patient days, neonatal and newborn admissions and patient days, emergency department visits, and ambulatory surgeries for the month of January 2019. Overview & Observations Two variables that appear to have significantly impacted utilization in D.C. hospitals in January were the regional  influenza outbreak  as well as the  termination of Providence Hospital acute care services  and decreased Emergency Department operations in December. Most other acute care hospitals had relative increases in admissions, emergency department visits, and observation patient admissions. MedStar Washington Hospital ...
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its final payment system rule for 2019. The rule contains a transparency provision, that went into effect Jan. 1, 2019. It requires hospitals to provide medical pricing information to the public. This document is designed for the consumer and/or patient to help you understand the complex system of hospital billing and patient charges for medical procedures. Our goal is to assist you in finding your out-of-pocket costs and avoid surprise charges. This document includes common terms and definitions, frequently asked questions and the right questions to asks hospitals, providers and insurance ...
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The report includes summaries of admissions, discharges, patient days, neonatal and newborn admissions and patient days, emergency department visits, and ambulatory surgeries. New to this year's report is data including observation patients and patient days, occupancy rate and operating beds per hospital. Overview & Observations In contrasting 2018 with the recent past, the greatest influence was from changes in services offered by United Medical Center and Providence Hospital. UMC discontinued the maternal/newborn services in September 2017. Providence discontinued maternal newborn/newborn services and psychiatric services in October 2017, ...
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The District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) has been awarded a grant to establish and implement an Emergency Department (ED) Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Induction program at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Howard University Hospital and United Medial Center to identify and provide access to immediate substance use treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). In 2017, DC experienced 279 deaths related to opioid overdose. This induction program will ensure that persons with OUD have the opportunity to make the decision to accept treatment during their visit to the emergency room. Following the initial treatment received at ...
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The DCHA Chief Nursing Officer Committee hosted a launch party on Jan. 24 at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington to celebrate the reinstatement of the D.C. Chapter of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (ONE|DC). More than 60 nurse leaders attended the launch of ONE|DC for a night of celebration and professional networking.   The vision of ONE|DC is to shape the future of nursing and health care for the District of Columbia through innovative leadership, evidence-based practice and education. ONE|DC will consist of nurse leaders and nurses aspiring to be leaders from all care settings. This includes, but not limited to, nurse executives, administrators, ...
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This is to clarify a previous communication regarding Providence Hospital operations. Providence’s Emergency Care Center remains open, fully staffed, and available to serve the District of Columbia community, with the same range of services that we have always provided to support our emergency care patients, including an inpatient unit, lab, diagnostic imaging, respiratory care, discharge planning, and other ancillary services and support. Following helpful discussions with elected officials, the Department of Health, the DC Hospital Association, and members of the community, Providence will continue to operate the emergency care center through April 30, 2019, ...
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2018 marks 40 years of the District of Columbia Hospital Association's (DCHA) collaboration with members on important issues facing D.C. hospitals and the community. This past year, D.C. hospitals adopted a resolution of commitment to foster a culture of quality and patient safety that drives positive health outcomes for patients, staff and the community. DCHA is proud to be involved in facilitating collaborative actions and convening community stakeholders to drive improvement across the District of Columbia and the region. We celebrate the work of our members and the broader D.C. health care community in improving patient safety and health care quality ...
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Washington, D.C. - The District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) is celebrating its 40th Anniversary as the  unifying force advancing hospitals and health systems in the District of Columbia. DCHA is hosting an educational symposium on Nov. 15, DISRUPTION! Relevance, Impact & The Road Ahead for Health Care at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, featuring keynoters, thought leaders and presenters conversing about disruption in the marketplace, consumerism, leveraging technology, pay for performance, workforce resiliency and other important topics impacting hospitals, health care providers and patients. The symposium will explore ...
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Washington, DC – August 10, 2018 – The District of Columbia Hospital Association continues to support the efforts of the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on Health to address the delivery of health services to all District residents, and the immediate need to improve access to comprehensive health services for residents of Wards 7 and 8. Last October, DCHA released a position paper entitled: Health Care Services on the District’s East End: A Vision for Access and Sustainability. In that paper, we laid out our strategy for improving health care in the Eastern side of the city. DCHA and its members continue to support an East End ...
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Emergency codes are important announcements to ensure facilities operate in accordance with their mission and to the best of their capabilities. The Department of Homeland Security released a report in 2008 citing the importance of using standardized plain language codes. The report writes, “The use of plain language (clear text) in emergency management and incident response is a matter of public safety, especially the safety of emergency management/response personnel and those affected by the incident. It is critical that all those involved with an incident know and use commonly established operational structures, terminology, policies and procedures. ...
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Washington, DC – July 25, 2018 – Today, the District of Columbia Hospital Association (DCHA) released a statement on Providence Health System’s announcement regarding their pending service changes. “Hospitals and health systems across the country have been adapting to the future delivery of health care and the District’s hospitals have not been immune from these changes,” said Jacqueline D. Bowens, President & CEO of the District of Columbia Hospital Association. “As the industry shifts toward a population health focus, health systems continue to identify ways to strengthen collaborations between acute care and community-based services, to meet people ...
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Chronic diseases are a serious problem for District of Columbia residents and health care providers.  With residents’ rates of obesity and diabetes at a critical high ( Obesity:   Adults 22%, High School Students 15%,   Diabetes:   8.5%, At-Risk for Diabetes 6.55%), the linkage between sugar consumption and chronic disease can no longer be ignored.  Reduction and elimination of sugary beverages, as well as public education on healthier dietary options, is an imperative to moving the needle on a healthier community. To that end, DCHA has been working with the DC Department of Health (DOH) on an initiative to reduce the availability of sugary beverages, ...
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On November 9th, the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s Board of Directors elected Kimberly Russo, MS, Chief Executive Officer of The George Washington University Hospital as Chair of the Board, effective January 1, 2018. Ms. Russo has been in her role as CEO of The GWU hospital since May 2016, prior to which, she served as Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Russo has extensive clinical and operational experience, and among her many accolades, was recognized in 2010 as one of The Washington Business Journal’s 2016 “Playmakers,” and named an honoree of “Women Who Mean Business.” “I am happy to welcome Kim as our next Board Chair. Even prior to stepping ...
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Today, the District of Columbia Hospital Association released their  2016 Hospital Utilization Indicators Report .  This report provides comparative data on health care facility utilization in the District of Columbia, data is self-reported by the individual facilities in the Monthly Utilization Survey managed by the Association.  Data from the 2016 report does not include the D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center or the HSC Pediatric Center. 2016 Utilization Indicators Trends: Inpatient Admissions   have decreased slightly to 128,463 down approximately 0.4%, compared to the 2015 data. Newborn Deliveries   increased to 14,178 up approximately ...
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