Congress passes budget deal, names conferees   10/17/2013
The U.S. House and Senate last night approved legislation (H.R. 2775) funding federal programs at current levels until Jan. 15 and raising the nation’s debt ceiling until Feb. 7, although it would allow the Treasury Department to take measures to pay the nation’s bills beyond that date if Congress has not acted. The deal establishes a conference committee and Dec. 13 deadline to establish a Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution. Named to the conference committee in the House were Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and committee members Tom Cole (R-OK), Tom Price (R-GA) and Diane Black (R-TN); Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-SC); and Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-NY). On the Senate side, all 22 members of the Budget Committee were named to the committee.
HPOE presents framework for leading improvement across the continuum   10/17/2013
A new guide from the AHA’s Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence initiative presents an improvement continuum framework and leadership action model to help hospital leaders execute a wide range of improvement activities. “Faced with many diverse improvement opportunities – from eliminating hospital-acquired infections to reducing community asthma rates – leaders need a way to categorize improvement efforts and identify effective strategies to lead many different projects simultaneously,” the guide notes. “As health care transforms, leaders must develop the knowledge and skill sets to move beyond single improvement efforts and engage in multiple efforts across a continuum of improvement projects.” HPOE is the AHA's strategic platform to accelerate performance improvement in hospitals.
Groups issue compendium of evidence-based prevention programs   10/17/2013
Trust for America's Health and the New York Academy of Medicine today released a report highlighting 79 evidence-based programs to increase physical activity and healthy eating, and reduce tobacco use, injuries, asthma, alcohol abuse and sexually-transmitted infections. "These efforts demonstrate that making healthy choices easier for people in their daily lives pays off in terms of improving health and lowering health care costs,” said TFAH Executive Director Jeffrey Levi.