The HQCA's Continuing Care Reports
On June 5, 2014, the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) released two reports that address continuing care in Alberta.
Review of Alberta Health Services' Continuing Care Wait List: First Available Appropriate Living Option Policy
The first report was requested by Alberta Health Services (AHS) who asked that the HQCA conduct a review of the quality and patient safety implications of the AHS policy Continuing Care Waitlist: First Available Appropriate Living Option (FAALO). View the report here.
Review of Quality Assurance in Continuing Care Health Services in Alberta
The second report was requested by the Minister of Health, who directed the HQCA to conduct a review that would examine the adequacy and monitoring of quality assurance and quality management processes of publicly funded continuing care services, including home care, supportive living, and long-term care, delivered directly by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and by providers under contract to AHS. View the report here.
Patient Safety & Quality Management Course
Registration for the 2014-2015 Certificate Course in Patient Safety & Quality Management opened June 2, 2014!
The Certificate Course in Patient Safety & Quality Management runs from September 2014 to March 2015 and is designed for healthcare professionals who want to expand their understanding of patient safety and quality concepts from experts in the field.
There is a maximum enrollment of 25 participants. For additional information visit the course website.
Momentum of Continuity of Patient Care Study
Released in December 2013, the HQCA’s Continuity of Patient Care Study examined continuity of patient care through the lens of a single patient, Greg Price. The study was triggered by Albertans’ co‐ordination of care rating in the HQCA’s patient experience survey. It identified that current processes in Alberta’s healthcare system for managing the complex dealings between referring physicians and specialists or clinics offering specialized healthcare services are variable and may not always be sufficiently reliable to ensure patients’ continuity of care.
The HQCA continues to support the uptake of the report’s recommendations by sharing the detailed findings and recommendations with key stakeholders.
For more information, click here.
In March 2014, the HQCA released a new report, Primary Care Measurement Initiative. The HQCA set out to determine what could be learned about the impact of primary care networks on Alberta's health system. Five key findings were determined and can be found in the Primary Care Measurement Initiative report.
Primary Care Measurement Initiative
Click here to view the report.
Celebrating Safe Care
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is preparing to celebrate its 10th birthday. Here are a few ways to join the celebration:
The HQCA, along with Alberta Health Services, are partnering with CPSI for the pre-conference, Safe Transitions in Care, which will take place on October 28. Click here for more details.
- Register for Canadian Patient Safety week, which will take place October 27 - 31, 2014. Click here for more details and to register.
- Attend Canada’s Forum on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in Edmonton, October 29 - 30.
CPSI is a national not-for-profit organization focused on raising awareness and facilitating implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation in patient safety. More information on the organization can be found here.
Jody Arndt joined the HQCA in March 2014 as the Population Measurement Lead. Jody brings to the HQCA experience in epidemiology and healthcare research from both primary care and mental health. She has a PhD in Psychology from the University of Calgary.