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Patient Safety Update: New Podcasts in a Series About the AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released two more audio interviews in a series focused on the use of quality improvement tools in the AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals.  The toolkit is a free resource to guide hospitals through the process of using the AHRQ Inpatient Quality Indicators (IQIs) and Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) to improve care.

  • Analyzing Your IQI and PSI Rates:   Amelia Haviland from Carnegie Mellon University talks about several considerations involved in analyzing and working with your IQI and PSI rates.
  • Using the Documentation and Coding Tool:  Kathy Vermoch and Suzanne Rogers from UHC discuss strategies that hospitals can put in place to improve their documentation and coding, both of which are critical to the accuracy of AHRQ Quality Indicator rates.

Download these interviews at http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qitoolkitinterviews. (Audio file and transcript are available.)

Also available: Getting Started with the AHRQ QI Toolkit

  • Future podcasts will address the following topics:
  • Identifying Your Improvement Priorities
  • Analyzing Your Barriers and Strategy Options
  • Implementing Changes to Improve Performance on the IQI or PSI Measures
  • Achieving Sustainable Improvements

Download the AHRQ Quality Indicators Toolkit for Hospitals at:  http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qitoolkit

Access the slide presentations and an audio recording from an introductory Webinar about the Toolkit at:  http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qitoolkit/webinar0215/index.html

More information on the AHRQ Quality Indicators is available at:  http://www.qualityindicators.ahrq.gov/.

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