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February 1, 2019 News Headlines

Public policy forum recap: Addressing the social determinants of health

On Jan. 24, HANYS held a special public policy forum to explore the impact of social determinants of health.

Read our latest blog post for a recap of the presentation by Anthony Shih, MD, MPH, president of the United Hospital Fund, and the discussion panel that followed.

Hospital-acquired conditions declined by nearly one million from 2014 to 2017; HANYS recognizes members for their dedication to patient safety

National efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions such as adverse drug events and healthcare-associated infections helped prevent 20,500 deaths and save $7.7 billion between 2014 and 2017, according to a recent preliminary report by AHRQ and CMS.

The AHRQ National Scorecard on Hospital-Acquired Conditions Updated Baseline Rates and Preliminary Results 2014-2017 estimates that 910,000 HACs were avoided and the rate was reduced by 13% from 2014 to 2017. AHRQ calculates and analyzes data on these conditions to help CMS track efforts to reduce patient harm by 20% from 2014 to 2019.

Continuing reductions in HACs are a signal that hospitals have sustained their relentless focus on making care safer. HANYS congratulates our members for their tireless dedication to improving patient care and outcomes. We look forward to their continued participation in the New York State Partnership for Patients, HANYS’ Commitment to Excellence (C2X) program and our many other collaboratives and support networks. HANYS remains your committed partner in supporting your important work. Contact: Loretta Willis

Community Benefit Spotlight – United Health Services fights childhood obesity

Childhood obesity is linked to a higher chance of premature death and disability in adulthood. Overweight and obese children are more likely to stay obese into adulthood and develop noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Partnering with local agencies, United Health Services is committed to fighting childhood obesity in their community. To learn more about this initiative and its results, read our full story.

This story is just one of the many initiatives profiled on HANYS' Community Benefit Spotlight website that demonstrate how New York healthcare providers are improving population health, addressing regional health disparities and delivering valuable benefits to local communities.