AHA, NUL Release Community Health Worker Program Resources

Keep Performance Improvement Simple

Reduce Lighting Energy Costs Up to 50 Percent

OCR Issues Guidance on Nondiscrimination in Opioid Disorder Treatment

It is easy for managers, especially new ones, to be overwhelmed by the amount of information and the number of management “tools” at their disposal.

In reality, when a manager needs to focus on making simple improvements in their department, they usually just need one or two appropriate tools to get the job done. Recognizing this need, MHEI has developed a Performance Improvement Tools program that assists managers with learning and applying the most useful performance improvement tools available. Borrowing from all sources, including Lean Technology, this program keeps managers focused on making improvements that every manager ought to be able to make.

Contact: Katrina Coleman

Lighting accounts for 30 to 60 percent of annual electric costs for many facilities, and many new advances in lighting technology can help your organization conserve energy and save money.

Prime, a subsidiary of the Maryland Hospital Association, suggests that you consider Shepherd Electric Supply to help you reduce maintenance and operating costs. A lighting retrofit can cut lighting energy costs up to 50 percent and energy-efficient lamps, ballasts and lighting controls produce immediate and long-term energy and operational cost savings over their 10- to 20-year product life cycles.

Depending upon hours of operation, a typical lighting upgrade delivers an average payback of two years. Recognizing the value of reducing energy demand, many electric utilities, state and municipal governments offer rebates and tax incentives for energy-efficient lighting. Hospitals can undertake a retrofit with little or no up-front capital through financing that pays for the retrofit over time through a portion of the energy cost savings achieved. 


The Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights this week announced guidance and a public education campaign highlighting how federal nondiscrimination laws, such as those prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability or limited English proficiency, apply to opioid use disorder treatment and recovery services.

The new guidance complements 2017 OCR guidance clarifying how health care providers can share health information with a patient's family members, friends and legal representatives in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act when the patient may be in crisis and incapacitated, such as during an opioid overdose.