2020 Quarter 1

President’s Corner

My name is Stephanie Scattolini and I am the newly elected president for the Pennsylvania Association for Healthcare Quality (PAHQ). I am honored and thrilled to take on this new role alongside a group of highly driven individuals who are passionate about supporting our local network of healthcare quality professionals (view our full 2020 PAHQ board).

In Q1 of FY20, our new leadership team has made some exciting improvements including creating a PAHQ LinkedIn account with quarterly updates to keep our members informed on local healthcare quality news as well as career and educational opportunities. We have also added a membership directory to our website to allow members to keep up to date on their membership fees and even renew electronically through Eventbrite or renew by filling out an application and mailing payment by check to PAHQ.

To support our growing membership, we also foresee welcoming new members to PAHQ as SPAHQ President, Carol Hann, and the SPAHQ board will be dissolved in 2020. At PAHQ, we fully intend to accommodate and incorporate existing SPAHQ members into our organization.  On behalf of the Board and our developing organization, I encourage and welcome all members of SPAHQ to join PAHQ and attend our educational opportunities.

Looking forward, in 2020 our leadership team will be seeking insight from all members to determine how we can improve our organization. We are considering adding an in person conference/networking event once a year and possibly partnering with other national organizations to partner on webinar offerings. We want to hear from you: Feel free to contact our leadership team & let us know how we can improve our organization to meet your needs.

Upcoming Events: 

Register here to attend our upcoming PAHQ webinar next Wednesday, March 4, 2020 12-1PM. Dr. James Won will be discussing how we can develop effective interventions with the human in mind, resulting in more sustainable process improvements that improve patient care and keep patients safe.

Register here for the Central Pennsylvania Association for Healthcare Quality (CPAHQ) Spring Education conference April 23, 2020 at the Giant Community Center (inside the grocery store), 3301 Trindle Rd Camp Hill, PA 17011.

Register here for the NAHQ National Healthcare Quality Summit 2020: May 5-6, 2020. The Summit theme is Workforce Readiness to Deliver on Value in Healthcare: Practical Solutions to Achieve Better Clinical and Financial Outcomes. Gain practical lessons you can implement today and learn why healthcare transformation can’t happen without new competencies for your workforce. At the Summit: Leading healthcare systems join together with NAHQ to show how legacy structures and staff roles must change to achieve the new aims in healthcare.

PAHQ News from the Web 

Joint Commission International and NAHQ Collaborate to Offer Quality and Patient Safety Training Program for Health Care Organizations

Joint Commission International (JCI) and the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) announce a collaboration to provide a worldwide educational program that amplifies both organizations’ missions to improve health care quality and safety. The program will help health care organizations develop workforce capabilities in quality management methodologies and skills.
The evidence-based educational program will help participants prepare for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality® (CPHQ) exam by developing core competencies in quality and patient safety.

The Latest from Modern Healthcare:

To improve healthcare, we need to improve professional competencies on quality

NAHQ CEO Stephanie Mercado covers the role of professional competencies in quality improvement and evidenced-based cost savings. Read the full story here

Legislative & Regulatory
  1. Joint Commission International announces publication of 7th Edition of International Accreditation Standards for Hospitals  – New Joint Commission NewsJanuary 29, 2020.
  2. Joint Commission International announces SAFER™ Matrix: A transformative approach for identifying and communicating risk levels identified during accreditation survey process – New Joint Commission News. January 28, 2020 
  3. The Joint Commission introduces new and revised Advanced Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Certification requirements – New Joint Commission News. January 23, 2020