MHA Keystone HEN Recognized for Patient Safety Improvements
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged the MHA Keystone Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) for participation in the national Partnership for Patients initiative. Nationwide, more than 3,700 hospitals participated in this important, three-year national initiative to improve patient safety. The Partnership for Patients initiative aimed to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and re-admissions by 20 percent by the end of the 2014. The MHA Keystone HEN consisted of 95 hospitals across Michigan and addressed patient injuries that result from adverse drug events, various types of infections, injuries from falls, pressure ulcers and more. It is estimated that these efforts to reduce preventable harm save more than $40 million in healthcare costs per year.
The acknowledgement last week was received as part of the CMS’s “QualityNet: The CMS Healthcare Quality Conference.” The MHA Keystone HEN and its member hospitals remain committed to improving patient care and outcomes into the future. For more information, visit the MHA Keystone HEN Web page.
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.
Photo credit: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
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