Improving patient quality is saving hospitals millions

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New report: Michigan hospitals save $116 million by improving patient safety and quality.
The MHA recently released the 2013 MHA Patient Safety and Quality Annual Report: A Decade of Making Care Safer. The report details the MHA Keystone Center interventions to improve the quality and safety of healthcare in Michigan that saved more than $116 million in healthcare costs from 2011 to 2012 by helping hospitals reduce and avoid pressure ulcers, various types of infections, readmissions, high-risk baby deliveries and more. Highlights of the report include:

• Michigan hospitals’ efforts to reduce readmissions saved nearly $98 million in healthcare costs in 2011.

• From January 2012 through August 2013, catheter-associated urinary tract infection rates in participating hospitals decreased by nearly 75 percent when categorized by patient day and decreased by 42 percent when categorized by catheter day.

• Michigan hospitals reduced the incidence of central-line-associated bloodstream infections by more than 50 percent and reduced the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia by 60 percent from 2004 to 2012. These efforts saved nearly $1.2 million in healthcare costs in 2011.

• From 2010 through 2012, participating hospitals reduced the occurrence of early elective births by nearly 68 percent. Hospitals also reduced the number of babies admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit by 35 percent from first quarter 2010 through first quarter 2013. These efforts saved more than $16.5 million in healthcare costs from 2011 to 2012.

• Participating hospitals reduced hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by 37.5 percent from second quarter 2012 through first quarter 2013. In 2011, efforts to reduce pressure ulcers saved $774,000 in healthcare costs.

• MHA Keystone: Sepsis hospitals reduced the mortality rate for septic patients by 37.6 percent from second quarter 2011 through first quarter 2013.

• MHA Keystone: Surgery hospitals reduced the surgical specimen defect rate, which includes errors in labeling and ordering specimens, by more than 71 percent from first quarter 2010 through first quarter 2013. Additionally, a reduction in surgical-site infections saved $252,000 in healthcare costs in 2011.

 

This guest post is by Sam R. Watson, senior vice president, Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.

 

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