Monday, October 17, 2016

Patient safety improvements continue for VHHA member hospitals

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) has been selected, as a part of the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network, among 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

The goal is to reduce patient harm and readmissions.  The VHHA announcement stated that the efforts are part of an even broader effort to transform the health care system into one that works better for the American people and the Medicare program.

During the recently concluded Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 2.0 initiative, VHHA members and the Association’s Center for Healthcare Excellence noted that 1,851 patient harm incidents were prevented at 35 participating hospitals across the Commonwealth. VHHA also reported that  more than $16.5 million in health care costs savings were realized.

“Delivering positive health care outcomes for patients and their families is a core mission of Virginia’s community hospitals and health systems. Hospitals around the Commonwealth are committed to this ideal as we pursue a goal of making Virginia the healthiest state in the nation,” said VHHA Board Chair Mary N. Mannix, the President and CEO of Augusta Health. “Hospitals are not resting on those improvements. Our work to enhance patient care is enduring.”

Virginia in affiliation with the Partnership for Patients initiative is a nationwide public-private collaboration that began in 2011 to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent.

“Delivering high quality care to patients begins with dedicated providers who care about patients as individuals, who are compassionate in their approach, who comfort patients and families through treatment and support that is patient-centered and unique to each person,” said Bon Secours Virginia Health System CEO Toni R. Ardabell, a VHHA Board member who chairs the Advisory Council of VHHA’s Center for Healthcare Excellence.

During HEN 2.0 from September 2015-September 2016, VHHA provided 24 in-person and virtual educational program offerings, including workshops targeting the clinical areas Virginia hospitals ranked as top priorities during initial need. Other workshops focused on cost-cutting strategies to achieve harm reductions.

As a result of this initiative and the dedication of hospital leaders and staff to its principles, significant reductions from hospital baselines have been recorded in several patient-specific health care categories during HEN 2.0. Among them:

  • 10.1 percent reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI);
  • 19.2 percent reduction in central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI);
  • 54 percent reduction in early elective deliveries;
  • 70.4 percent reduction in obstetrics harm;
  • 12.1 percent reduction in ventilator-associated events (VAE);
  • 47.3 percent reduction in venous thromboembolism (VTE) or blood clots in the vein; and
  • 2.1 percent reduction in sepsis infections.

Through 2019, these Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks will work to achieve a 20 percent decrease in overall patient harm and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions as a population-based measure (readmissions per 1,000 people) from the 2014 baseline. Efforts to address health equity for Medicare beneficiaries will be central to the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks efforts. CMS will monitor and evaluate the activities of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks to ensure that they are generating results and improving patient safety.

“We have made significant progress in keeping patients safe – an estimated 2.1 million fewer patients harmed, 87,000 lives saved, and nearly $20 billion in cost-savings from 2010 to 2014 – and we are focused on accelerating improvement efforts,” said Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer.

The 16 organizations (listed in alphabetical order) receiving contracts in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks are:

  • Carolinas Healthcare System
  • Dignity Health
  • Healthcare Association of New York State
  • HealthInsight
  • The Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association
  • Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey
  • Health Services Advisory Group
  • The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
  • Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
  • Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Health Foundation
  • Minnesota Hospital Association
  • Ohio Children’s Hospitals’ Solutions for Patient Safety
  • Ohio Hospital Association
  • Premier, Inc.
  • Vizient, Inc.
  • Washington State Hospital Association

The Partnership for Patients model is one of the first models established in 2011 to be tested under the authority of section 1115A of the Social Security Act (the Act) with the goal of reducing program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care.

For more information on the Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Engagement Networks, please visit:

About VHHA: The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of 107 hospitals and 30 health delivery systems that develops and advocates for sound health care policy in the Commonwealth. Its vision is through the power of collaboration to be recognized as a driving force behind making Virginia the healthiest state in the nation.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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