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HQIC Quality Highlights is your monthly guide to important HSAG HQIC resources. Here, you can quickly access information on improvement tools, resources, data, upcoming learning events, best practices, and success stories.

Each issue will focus on a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) priority topic to expand national progress toward better patient care and reduce preventable patient harm.

December - Glycemic Management and Adverse Drug Events (ADEs). Roadmap to Success, Hypoglycemic Event Analysis Tool (HEAT), Diabetes Zone Tool, U.S. Nursing Shortage.

November - Antibiotic Stewardship Programs (ASPs). Antibiotic Awareness Week Nov. 18-24, COVID-19 and Antibiotic Resistance, CORE Elements of Hospital ASPs, QualityNet Contact Updates.

October - Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs). Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) Strategy, CLABSI Audit Tool, CLABSI Exploration Form, Workplace Violence in Healthcare.

September - Sepsis Costs. Roadmap to Success, Teach-Back, Podcasts.

August - Opioids in the Workplace: ADE Roadmap to Success, Opioid Stewardship Assessment for Emergency Departments, Readmission Audit Workbook.

July Health Equity: A Strategic Priority. Health Equity Assessment, Business Case, and Quickinar Series; Teach-Back.

June - Document Every Patient Fall. Roadmap to Success, AHRQ falls resources, patient and family engagement tools.

May - Preventing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs). Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) Strategy, CAUTI Exploration Form and Audit Tool, NHSN Acute Care Mapping and TAP Strategy webinar, Mandatory Reporting Antimicrobial Use and Resistance—NHSN Requirement for Acute Care and Critical Access Hospitals. 

April - Readmission Prevention for Sepsis Survivors. Discharge Risk Assessment, Social Work Risk Assessment, 7-Day Readmission Chart Audit Tool, new Quality and Safety podcasts.

March - Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries (HAPI). Pan Pacific Presure Injury Classification System for skin tones.

February - Patient and Family Engagement (PFE). Measures checklist, coaching package, roadmap to success, and webinar; COVID-19 bivalent booster up to date.

January - Venous Thromboembolism. Anticoagulant gap analysis, roadmap to success, and webinar; thromboprophylaxis tool, venous thromboembolism roadmap to success, violence in the workplace prevention strategies.

December - Glycemic Management,Diabetic Adverse Drug Events (ADEs), Hypoglycemic Event Analysis Tool (HEAT), Glycemic Management Roadmap to Success, Sepsis Mortality. 

November - Antibiotic Stewardship, CDI and MRSA Rates, Professional Burnout.

October - Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs), Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) Strategy, Monkeypox Virus.

September - Readmission Prevention. Readmissions Roadmap to Success, 30-Day Readmissions Audit Workbook, Hospital Care Coordination Toolkit, Emergency Department Initiatives, MRSA Prevention Program.

August -Opioid Safety and Stewardship. Opioid Roadmap to Sucess, SAMHSA, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the Emergency Department, CA Bridge Program.

July - Social Determinants of Health (SDOH). SDOH Toolkit, Social Work Assessment, Zone Tools, Area Deprivation Index, Clean Hands Pledge.

June - Falls. AHRQ assessment tools, Falls Roadmap, Care Coordination Health Literacy.

May - Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI). CAUTI tools, Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) Strategy, CAUTI Audit Tool, National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Guides, National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel (NPIAP) brochure.

April - Anticoagulation and Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention. Anticoagulant and VTE tools, gap analyses, and Roadmaps; Postoperative Sepsis for Elective Surgeries.

March - Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injury (HAPI). HAPI During COVID, NPIAP Best Practice Posters and Tips for Prone Positioning, Safety Actions for Medical Device-Related HAPIs, HAPI Post-Event Form, Health Equity Assessment.

February - Person/Patient and Family Engagement. PFE Measures Checklist, PFE Hospital Coaching Package, PFAC Roadmap to Success, Health Equity Change Package.

January - Reducing Reamissions. Readmission Roadmap to Sucess, Social Work Assessment, COVID-19 Zone Tool, CDC COVID-19 Checklist.

December - Glycemic Management. Glycemic Management Progress and Tools, Vaccine Guidance for Rural Hospitals.

November - Antibiotic Stewardship. Antibiotic Stewardship Progress and tools, Quality During Crisis template. 

October - Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI). CLABSI Progress and Tools.

September - Sepsis Awareness. Sepsis Tools, HQIC Sepsis Progress.

August - Preventing Opioid-Related ADEs. HQIC Opioid Progress, Patient Pain Management Education, QIIP Data and Performance Features, Culture of Safety Assessment Results.

July - Venous Thromboembolism. VTE Roadmap, Stroke Zone Tool, Quality Safety Series, Peer Groups, Patient Safety Assessment.

June - Preventing Falls. Falls Roadmap, Hip and Knee Replacement Zone Tools, Emergency Preparedness, Culture of Safety Assessment, Dignity Telemedicine Network.

May - Healthcare-Acquired Infection (HAI). Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) Strategy, CDC CDI strategies, Culture of Safety Assessment and Office Hours

April - Readmissions. Readmission Prevention, Readmission Roadmap, Teach-Back, Culture of Safety, Patient Safety Assessment and Video, Z Codes webinar

March - Hospital-Associated Pressure injury (HAPI). HAPI Roadmap, NPIAP Tips, CDC Preparedness Checklist, CommonSpirit Vaccine Hesitancy Video

February - COVID-19. Health Equities, Heart and COVID-19 Zone Tools, Welcome Packet, CMS Questionniare, Reducing Disparities, Workforce Well-Being, HAPI webinar

January - Welcome. Message from CEO, Welcome Packets, IP Contact