Center continues to fulfill mission through HEN

December 31, 2012    |   By: Calevir

The Hospital Engagement Network, an AHA/HRET initiative resulting from a two-year contract from CMS to support the Partnership for Patients campaign, has seen great success since its implementation in early 2012.   Thirty-one state hospital associations (approximately 1,600 hospitals) have been working together to reduce all-cause harm with a focus on ten clinical areas. The goal is to help hospitals adopt patient safety best practices while reducing inpatient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent.

The Center for Patient Safety is proud to be a part of this project in Missouri, working in partnership with the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA).   The Center has led five of the ten clinical focus areas selected to reduce all-cause harm, as well as provide services to conduct the Survey on Patient Safety and utilize the Center’s PSO to advance learning opportunities.

HRET recently released an article indicating improvements are occurring across participating hospitals as a result of “engaging senior leaders, physicians, patients and families; encouraging a culture of safety; increasing teamwork and communication; and achieving quality measurement goals.”

Of the 31 participating states, nine (including Missouri) were recently highlighted in HRET’s “Building on Success” article.   The Center is proud of the involvement from Missouri participating hospitals and, together with MHA, Missouri was recognized for the following major accomplishments:

  • Every participating hospital in the Missouri Hospital Engagement Network (MO HEN) has entered data in the Comprehensive Data System.   All 94 hospitals participating were retained, and one was added for a total of 95
  • The Center and MHA conducted 18 webinars or teleconferences, conducted four in-person learning sessions, and made on-site visits with 15% of hospitals participating in MO HEN
  • Acute care hospitals participating in MO HEN experienced a relative reduction rate in readmissions of 9.7% from July 2011 to May 2012

Additionally, Boone Hospital Center (BHC) in Columbia was recognized for “significant success in reducing hypoglycemic adverse drug events in patients receiving diabetic agents. Boone hospital has demonstrated a 47 percent reduction in the median rate of hypoglycemia in 2012.”

READ “Building on Success”


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