Quality and Patient Safety

Providing high-quality care to every patient in a safe environment is the goal of all hospitals and a daily focus of their activities. THA collects data and puts it to work through initiatives and policies to improve hospitals’ health care quality, patient safety and outcomes.

THA is collaborating with 341 member hospitals on at least one quality improvement initiative. From the largest systems to the smallest critical access hospitals, THA is helping through the:

Data are a key component to each of these initiatives. But the true improvement work happens in collaboration, education, consultation and disruption of old patterns and habits. And that involves relationships, trust and on-the-ground support.

Simplifying and Aligning Reporting Requirements for Health Care-Acquired Infections

For too long, Texas hospitals have had to report data on health care-acquired infections to the state and federal governments, but the reporting requirements are different. If the goal truly were quality improvement, these reporting requirements would be aligned to give hospitals access to infection data that are most useful for protecting patients, their families and health care workers. Simplifying and aligning reporting requirements also would allow hospitals more time and resources to focus on what matters – eliminating HAIs and improving infection control and prevention efforts.

A bill filed this legislative session by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) would go a long way to driving quality improvement, not just data collection. Senate Bill 384 would align state reporting requirements for HAIs with existing federal requirements. It's common sense.

Reducing Preventable Maternal Mortality Through TexasAIM

Promoting the health of mothers and babies also is a priority for Texas hospitals and public health advocates alike. Texas hospitals have worked closely with lawmakers and state health agencies over the last decade to identify needed public policies. Learn more about the policy requirements Texas hospitals have implemented to support maternal and baby health and the proactive steps Texas hospitals have taken through TexasAIM to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.