Quality and Patient Safety

About Quality and Patient Safety

Sacramento-based Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) is the quality and patient safety arm of HASC, the California Hospital Association (CHA) and the Regional Associations.

CHA founded HQI in 2013, and since then it has informed and educated on best practices. The institute also oversees and coordinates the Collaborative Health Care Patient Safety Organization (CHPSO).

A number of HASC-led quality and patient safety initiatives have also been completed in recent years. Examples are below.

For more information on HQI, visit www.hqinstitute.org, or contact HQI President Robert Imhoff at (916) 552-7600 or [email protected].

Advancing Geriatric Emergency Care: Best Practices and Accreditation Strategies

Overview HASC and West Health invite emergency department (ED) clinical leaders interested in pursuing Geriatric Emergency Department (GED) accreditation to a sponsored educational webinar. In alignment with the Governor’s Master Plan for Aging (MPA) to expand the network of GEDs throughout California, West Health and partners will provide geriatric education tailored for the ED and share key resources for […]

Safety Briefing Now Part of Joint Commission Surveys

Effective Jan. 1, The Joint Commission will add a safety briefing to all accreditation surveys and certification and verification reviews. The informal briefing, which should take five minutes or less, allows organizations to communicate with on-site surveyors and reviewers regarding any potential safety concerns and how the surveyors/reviewers should respond if the organizations’ safety plans […]

HQI’s 2022 Annual Conference Now Free of Charge

In response to the unprecedented cost and care challenges facing California hospitals, the Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) has waived member registration fees for its 2022 Annual Conference. Robert Imhoff, president of HQI, explains the decision here. The Southern California conference takes place Oct. 3 and 4 in Long Beach. HASC highly encourages our members to attend […]

Apply Now for USC’s MS in Health Systems Management Engineering

Download information sheet The U.S. health care system is facing major challenges including pandemics, workforce shortages, health disparities and inequity, rising costs and more. Highly skilled health professionals are critically needed to help develop innovative solutions and transform care delivery. In response to this need, the University of Southern California has launched a Master of […]

Safe Opioid Prescribing in Emergency Departments

Multiple state and national associations are working on this issue and each year brings new resources. The Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA) has made a compendium of resources available here, for various targeted providers and provider organizations. Another valuable resource is the California Opioid Overdose Surveillance Dashboard, which presents regular updates on opioid prescription and overdose trends. The site is a cooperative […]

Hospitals Support Adherence to Public Health Safety Precautions

LOS ANGELES, December 7, 2020 — Our hospitals and frontline health care workers are stretched to the limit, working tirelessly and selflessly for nearly a year to care for those battling COVID-19. This pandemic is once again surging and is expected to be worse than ever at a time when supplies remain hard to come by, and […]