Minnesota Hospital Association


April 06, 2015

Minnesota hospitals are committed to maintaining leadership in patient safety and quality

Federal solutions

  • Continued funding for Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs).
  • Co-sponsor H.R. 1343/S. 688, legislation to adjust the Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program based on sociodemographic status of its patients.

Key points

  • Continued funding for Hospital Engagement Networks - MHA was one of 26 HENs that received federal grant and contract funding to help hospitals identify and implement evidence-based solutions that reduce health care-acquired conditions. MHA’s HEN improved patient safety and quality, including: reduced early elective deliveries; reduced pressure ulcers and falls; reduced ventilator-associated pneumonia; and reduced readmissions. As a result, the 115 hospitals that participated in MHA’s HEN saved an estimated 13,000 patients from potential harm or complications and more than $93 million in health care costs. Nationally, HENs saved 1.3 million patients from being harmed and $12 billion in health care costs.

    CMS's grant and contract funding for these efforts expired on Dec. 8, 214. MHA is applying for the next round of funding through CMS and hopes the agency would consider extending the funding beyond an additional year to allow this transformational work to continue.
  • National recognition for Minnesota on reducing readmissions - Minnesota hospitals and our community partners earned national recognition for our successful work to reduce avoidable readmissions – the Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively (RARE) Campaign earned the prestigious 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality.

    In total, from 2009 to the second quarter of 2014, the RARE Campaign resulted in 9,981 readmissions avoided; 39,924 nights where patients slept in their own beds; and $87.9 million in savings.
  • The Medicare Hospital Readmissions Program - S. 688/H.R. 1343 will improve the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program to account for certain socioeconomic and health factors that can increase the risk of a patient’s readmission.


Multiple independent quality organizations consistently rank Minnesota among the top states in the nation for patient safety and quality of care. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) ranks Minnesota as having the best overall health care quality in the nation for the third time in a row. Since 2006, Minnesota has ranked in the top three states. This report is consider the gold standard for measuring the health care quality performance of states.

A report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows that Minnesota is among the lowest cost states for hospital care. Adding these quality and cost factors together, Minnesotans are getting the best health care value of any state in the nation.

MHA, with its members and partners, is involved in a number of actions to reach for even higher levels of performance, including: a nation-leading adverse health events reporting system; multiple patient safety calls-to-action and roadmaps; efforts to build a strong safety culture; prevent drug diversions; and others.

Aligning quality reporting and payment will ensure long-term success and sustainability of health care quality improvement.

Learn more about MHA’s patient safety initiatives at mnhospitals.org/patient-safety.