Partnership for Patients extension expected to further reduce preventable hospital readmissions
The MHA Keystone Center was recently granted a third year contract extension to continue as a Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network (HEN). The center is one of 26 organizations nationally contracted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to identify, share and implement best practices to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions.
The Partnership for Patients, a federal initiative, is focused on reducing preventable readmissions to hospitals by 20 percent and reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent over a three-year period. Established in December 2011, the MHA Keystone HEN builds on the work that has proven successful in Michigan and reinforces and complements the MHA’s ongoing patient safety and quality improvement efforts. The extension was based on the MHA Keystone HEN’s success over the first two years in achieving the goals of the Partnership for Patients.
The MHA Keystone HEN aims to reduce the number of preventable adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), central-line-associated bloodstream infections, injuries from falls and immobility, obstetrical adverse events, pressure ulcers, surgical-site infections, venous thromboembolisms, ventilator-associated events (VAEs) and preventable readmissions.
The efforts of the MHA Keystone HEN, comprised of 70 Michigan hospitals, have resulted in an expansion of MHA Keystone Center activities to address the reduction of harm across all areas of the hospital setting and improve patient and family engagement. The 2014 plan for the MHA Keystone HEN includes a heightened focus on adverse drug events, VAEs, CAUTIs and care transitions.
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.