New report: Michigan hospitals improve patient safety and health care quality

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) today released the 2012 MHA Patient Safety and Quality Annual Report: Improving Patient Care Across the Health Care Continuum. The report details the lifesaving, cost-reducing efforts under way in Michigan hospitals and demonstrates why Michigan is the benchmark for patient safety and quality. Results highlighted in the report include:

  • Hospitals participating in MHA Keystone: Emergency Room reduced the rate of patients who left without being seen by 18.5 percent from May 2010 to March 2012.
  • The MHA Keystone: Hospital-associated Infection collaborative successfully implemented interventions to improve the care and removal of catheters, which resulted in a 49 percent decrease in the number of patients with urinary catheters from January 2007 to March 2012, saving more than $10 million.
  • MHA Keystone: Obstetrics teams reduced the occurrence of early elective births by nearly 67 percent from March 2010 to March 2012. Participating hospitals also reduced neonatal intensive care unit admissions by more than 43 percent during that same time period.
  • Hospitals participating in MHA Keystone: Sepsis decreased the sepsis mortality rate by nearly 56 percent from second quarter 2011 through second quarter 2012.
  • From May 2010 to March 2012, MHA Keystone: Surgery hospitals decreased the surgical specimen defect rate by 30 percent.
  • In December, the MHA Keystone Center captured a federal contract to operate as a Hospital Engagement Network, reaffirming its role as a national leader in implementing best practices to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions. As a result, the MHA Keystone: Safe Care collaborative launched with a focus on reducing falls, pressure ulcers, adverse drug events, venous thromboembolism and poor care transitions.
  • Through voluntary data submission and open dialogue by its member hospitals, the MHA Patient Safety Organization has examined contributing factors to patient safety events and has begun to take action to prevent future occurrences.
  • The MHA’s transparency search engine publicly provides patients, families and employers with pricing and quality information for all Michigan hospitals.

To learn more about the pioneering efforts taking place in Michigan hospitals, visit

About the MHA Keystone Center

Founded in March 2003, the MHA Keystone Center brings together Michigan hospitals and state and national patient safety experts to develop and implement evidence-based best practices to improve the safety and quality of care. Some of the world’s most prestigious medical peer review journals have affirmed the programs are saving lives, reducing errors and cutting health care costs. MHA Keystone Center projects are funded by voluntary contributions from MHA member hospitals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the state and federal governments.

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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