Fall Conference Registration Underway
Now is the time to register for UHA's 2014 Fall Leadership Conference, taking place September 24-26 at Silver Baron Lodge at Deer Valley in Park City.
While at a new venue for 2014, the schedule will remain the same as in past years, beginning with Utah Healthcare Executive's Education Day featuring Craig Deao on Wednesday. Thursday will feature rural hospital meetings during the day with the UHA Annual Awards Dinner to take place Thursday evening at Snow Park Lodge beginning at 6 p.m. Friday's educational program will include nationally recognized speakers Paul Keckley, Linda Galindo and Brian Silverstein. To view this year's program or to register, click here.
To book lodging at Silver Baron lodge, click here. Rooms will be released after August 25th.
We hope to see you at Deer Valley this fall!
| Last Call for Award Nominations!
Nominations for UHA's 2014 Awards Program will close on Friday, August 15th. The awards will be presented as a part of the UHA Fall Leadership Conference at Deer Valley's Snow Park Lodge on Thursday, September 25th. The brochure includes nomination forms for the UHA Trustee Service Award, Distinguished Healthcare Executive Award and Distinguished Service to Healthcare Award. The UONL Nurse Leadership Award nomination is also included.
To review the call for nominations brochure, click here. To request a Word version of the nomination form, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Utah Hospitals Recognized by US News
Several hospitals in Utah were recently recognized in
US News and World Report's
Best Hospitals ranking for 2014.
Primary Children's Hospital
was nationally ranked in eight pediatric specialties including:
- Cancer (#19)
- Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#21)
- Diabetes/Endocrinology (#45
- Gastroenterology & GI Surgery (#27)
- Nephrology (#47)
- Neurology and Neurosurgery (#12)
- Orthopedics (#12)
- Urology (#26)
University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics was ranked #1 in Utah and #1 in the Salt Lake City metro area. High performing specialty areas included cancer; cardiology & heart surgery; gynecology; nephrology; neurology & neurosurgery; orthopedics; pulmonology and urology.
Intermountain Medical Center was rank #2 in Utah and the Salt Lake City metro area. Services recognized as high performing areas for the hospital included gastroenterology & GI surgery; geriatrics; gynecology; nephrology; pulmonology and urology.
was recognized as a high performing hospital in the areas of cancer; gastroenterology & GI surgery; orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.
Utah Valley Regional Medical Center was recognized as a high performing hospital in the areas of gastroenterology & GI surgery; gynecology; orthopedics and pulmonology.
McKay Dee Hospital recognized as a high performing hospital in the areas of nephorology, pulmonology and urology.
St. Mark's Hospital was recognized as a high performing hospital in the areas of gastroenterology & GI surgery and gynecology.
Timpanogos Regional Hospital was recognized as a high performing hospital in the area of urology.
Congratulations to all of these Utah facilities for their efforts towards achieving performance excellence.
| Recognizing Our Hospital Heroes
The Coalition to Protect America's Health Care,
a voice in support of financially-strong hospitals, recently launched Hospital Heroes, a program that showcases hospital caregivers and many others who go above and beyond in their work to help patients and their communities.
A Hospital Heroes website is now live at http://protecthealthcare.org/hospital-heroes to tell their stories and spotlight these special individuals. The Coalition invites all hospitals to get involved in the effort by doing one or all of the following:
The American Hospital Association, a founding member of the Coalition, encourages all systems and hospitals to support the Coalition by participating in Hospital Heroes and inviting your staff to become part of the Coalition's growing online community, now numbering more than 750,000. To date, supporters have submitted more than 700 hospital heroes representing a variety of hospital roles. All stories will be placed on our Hospital Heroes website and many will be spotlighted over social media and email.
Please contact Emily Shelman at
Four healthcare systems operating in Utah were named to
Hospital and Health Network's
list of Healthcare's "Most Wired" for 2014. Those recognized in this year's list include
Hospital Corporation of America
University of Utah Health Care
. The survey is designed to measure the level of IT adoption in U.S. hospitals and health systems, and is a useful tool for hospital and health system leadership to map their IT strategic plans.
Jordan Valley Medical Center is expanding to include a comprehensive cancer center, set to open by the fall of 2015. As a part of the project, Jordan Valley will be partnering with Elekta to bring the Versa HD radiotherapy system to Utah. Construction on the new center is set to begin this fall.
Utah Health Information Network (UHIN) is hosting an
Obstetrics ICD-10 Webinar o
n August 14 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Participants will learn how ICD-10 affects a variety of procedures, including coding for trimesters, outcome of delivery, weeks of gestation, prenatal visits, complications of pregnancy, and more. This training is free; go to
Pamela Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN,
has been selected to receive the 2014 Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Utah School of Nursing and will present the
Burrough Endowed Lectureship
on Wednesday, September 24th at the 2nd Floor Auditorium in the Eccles School of Nursing, Annette Poulsen Cumming Building. Dr. Cipriano was recently elected President of the American Nurses Association and is a senior director at Galloway Advisory by iVantage. For more information or to register, go to
The Utah Association of Healthcare Quality presents its Annual Education Conference, Imagine Your Future as a Quality Professional on Friday, September 26. Visit the UAHQ website for details and registration information. Keynote speakers are Mark Miller and Lucy Savitz with video presentations by Maureen Bisognano and Julie Ginn-Moretz. UAHQ's popular poster session and two poster presentations by local professionals will also be offered. For more information or to register, contact Sandy Snider at email@example.com or 801-587-2778.
The Utah Nurses Association will celebrate its 100th anniversary at a gala banquet on October 9th. Outstanding nurses from across the state will be honored with awards. Attendees will enjoy an evening of good food and historical entertainment. All nurses and supporters of nurses are welcome to attend. The banquet will be held at the Doubletree Inn near the Salt Lake Airport and the cost for the evening is $50. Send your reservation to UNA, 4505 S. Wasatch Blvd. Suite 330B SLC, UT 84124. There will be a cap on attendance so please register early. Registration for UNA's 100th anniversary conference is available online at Utahnursesassociation.com. The October 10th conference will feature national speakers reviewing the history of nursing in Utah and addressing the vibrant future for professional nursing across the country.
The CPHQ is the only certification in the profession of healthcare quality.To help interested professionals prepare for the certification exam, UAHQ is offering a CPHQ Review and Study Course on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. Our faculty is Nancy Claflin, PhD, RN, CCRN, CPHQ, FNAHQ. Nancy has taught the course many times across the country and has taught all the Utah courses with very positive reviews. Registration will be open soon. Look for more information to come.
Carelearning Webinar Calendar-UHA continues to partner with Carelearning to provide a variety of educational sessions online for the convenience of our members. Go to http://carelearning.com/ to view the available programs.
News from HealthInsight
Upcoming Changes and Events for the Hospital Community
HealthInsight is finishing up the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 10th Scope of Work (SOW) at the end of July and will be starting the next contract (11th SOW) on August 1, 2014. This is a five-year contract. Some of the changes you will notice with the new contract:
- Medical Case Review will be conducted through KePRO
- HealthInsight will be focused on:
- Local-level, results oriented change that is data driven and engages patients and other partners (e.g., Utah Hospital Association, Utah Department of Health)
- Spread of best practices
- Facilitating learning and action networks- "All teach, all learn" environment
- Consultation and education on quality improvement practices, tools and measurement
- Communication for optimal learning, patient engagement and sustained changes
- Continued expectations of improving care
- Improving cardiac care, immunization
- Reducing healthcare associated infections
- Reducing readmissions
- Support for ambulatory surgical centers and inpatient psychiatric units
We will keep you updated as we get more information. We appreciate the participation of hospitals in the previous contracts and hope you will continue to partner with HealthInsight in your improvement efforts. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns as we move ahead.
New Secure Portal
The new Secure Portal in QualityNet is active, and many staff have begun using it to submit their reporting data. There are still some glitches that QualityNet is working to correct. Based on these challenges, the reporting deadlines for Quarter 1, 2014 discharges have been slightly delayed:
- Outpatient Quality Measures and Population and Sampling entry is now due on August 21, 2014
- Inpatient Quality Measures and Validation Templates are now due on August 28, 2014.
- Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) data is still due on August 15, 2014. This data is entered through the NHSN site so is not affected by the new Portal.
Meaningful Use Webinar
Another item you may be interested in if you have not yet started on is Meaningful Use; HealthInsight is hosting a webinar on Meaningful Use on August 19, 2014. This is targeted to those who are still early in this process and will cover the basics of the program and answer questions on getting started. More details are to be sent out very soon.
HealthInsight Quality Awards
Lastly, we will be awarding the Hospital HealthInsight Quality Awards based on hospitals' performance on 19 inpatient and outpatient process of care measures and a national survey of patients' experience of hospital care (HCAHPS). The process of care and survey ranks are combined into a single overall performance ranking , with the process of care measures contributing 70% and the survey results 30% to the overall rank. Hospitals at or above the 75th percentile nationally in this combined ranking receive a HealthInsight Quality Award. Recognition certificates will be given to the hospital demonstrating the greatest overall improvement in clinical quality and the hospital demonstrating the greatest overall improvement in patients' perception of care (HCAHPS).
Awards and recognition certificates will be presented at the 2014 Utah Hospital Association Annual Awards Dinner.
Have a great summer!
HealthInsight is committed to improving the health and healthcare of our community and will provide whatever assistance we can. Contact Linda Egbert at 801-892-6670 or firstname.lastname@example.org for patient safety, healthcare associated infection, and hospital reporting resources available through HealthInsight.
This material was prepared by HealthInsight Utah, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for the state, under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy.10SOW-UT-2014-PS-18
UHA Calendar of Events for August 2014
| Aug 6
| Utah Disaster Advisory Committee, Noon, UDOH Highland Drive
| Aug 13-15
| UHA Board Retreat
| Aug 26
| Medicaid Program Task Force, Noon-2 p.m., UHA Board Room