Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety

Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network

From 2011-16, MHA was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions through an initiative known as the Partnership for Patients (PfP) Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN). PfP is a nationwide public-private collaboration that began in 2011 to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent.  

MHA was involved with the Partnership for Patients initiative from its inception, serving as a national leader and significantly reducing hospital-acquired conditions. In the first round of HEN, MHA was one of 26 organizations selected to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. In the second round of HEN, MHA was one of 17 hospital association associations and health system organizations selected. 

MHA also received a contract for the 15-month, rigorous Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) program. As one of only six Hospital Engagement Networks to receive the LEAPT contract, the funding allowed Minnesota hospitals to further expand patient safety and quality efforts by creating tested strategies to measure and improve outcomes for patients.  

In the first round of HEN, MHA provided education and technical assistance for members on the following areas of focus: 

  • Adverse drug events 
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections 
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections 
  • Injuries from falls and immobility 
  • Obstetrical adverse events 
  • Pressure ulcers 
  • Surgical-site infections 
  • Venous thromboembolism 
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia 
  • Preventable readmissions 

In the second round of HEN, MHA received $2.5 million to make reductions in the following areas of focus: 

  • Adverse drug events 
  • Delirium 
  • Falls 
  • Health care-associated infections 
  • Hospital culture of patient and worker safety, employee resiliency 
  • Obstetrical adverse events 
  • Pressure ulcers 
  • Readmissions 
  • Safe surgery 
  • Sepsis 

During HEN, MHA provided a wide array of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety; developed learning collaboratives for hospitals; offered technical assistance allowing hospitals to achieve quality measurement goals; and established, implemented and improved the system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting PfP quality improvement goals. In addition, MHA engaged its network and hospital leadership in activities to address, track and reduce health care disparities. 

The following opportunities were offered to Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems through PfP and HEN:

  • Over 70 topic-specific training events
  • Three in-person conferences
  • 40 site visits to provide technical and implementation assistance
  • Over $400,000 awarded via 44 mini-grants to hospitals working on specific quality and patient safety topics
  • Reimbursement of up to $250 for certification of five infection preventionists
  • 16 banners honoring achievement in quality and patient safety focus areas awarded based on HEN 2.0 data