Minnesota Hospital Association


November 01, 2018

Ensuring patient safety and quality of care

Minnesota’s leadership on quality and patient safety is recognized throughout the nation, and other states look to the Minnesota Hospital Association in creating their own patient safety programs.

Multiple independent quality organizations continually rank Minnesota among the top for health care quality:

  • The federal Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) has ranked Minnesota among the best states overall for health care quality. This report is considered the gold standard for measuring the health care quality performance of states.
  • Minnesota is ranked second in the nation for health care access, quality and outcomes by the Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation. Minnesota was one of only two states rated in the top quartile for all five dimensions measured – access and affordability, prevention and treatment, avoidable hospital use and cost, healthy lives, and equity. The state ranks first in the nation in the category of healthy lives, which includes measures that affect people’s ability to lead long and healthy lives – like rates of smoking, premature death and obesity. If all states performed as well as Minnesota, there would be approximately 90,000 fewer premature deaths before age 75 for conditions that can be detected early and effectively treated with good follow-up care
  • MHA received the 2015 Dick Davidson Quality Milestone Award from the American Hospital Association. The award recognized state, regional or metropolitan hospital associations that demonstrate leadership and innovation in quality improvement and contribute to national health care improvement efforts.
  • MHA was among organizations honored on Dec. 13 at the 2016 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference, “Aligning for Innovation and Outcomes.” The award recognized diligent work; authentic collaboration with patients, clinicians and partners; and unprecedented national impact on patient safety in all U.S. hospitals. The efforts of MHA and Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems alongside other national, regional and state hospital associations, quality improvement organizations and health system organizations have saved 87,000 lives, prevented 2.1 million instances of patient harm and yielded $19.8 billion in cost savings nationwide.

Minnesota’s hospitals are leading multiple quality and patient safety initiatives to improve care through evidence-based practices.

  • A nation-leading adverse health events reporting system, multiple patient safety calls to action and development of new methods of measuring quality demonstrate Minnesota hospitals’ commitment to quality and patient safety.
  • MHA is one of 16 Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) selected by CMS to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Through HIIN, MHA hospitals and health systems have prevented more than 28,000 patients from being harmed and more than 11,000 readmissions, which translates to $217 million in cost savings. CMS recognized the MHA HIIN as one of two top-performing networks nationwide.
  • Among MHA HIIN participants, 112 hospitals and health systems participate in patient and family engagement efforts – with 66 percent having a dedicated patient and family engagement staff person, compared to 48 percent nationally, and 70 percent having a patient and family advisory committee or a patient on a committee, compared to 41 percent nationally.
  • Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems serve an increasingly diverse population. Analyzing race, ethnicity and language (REL) data allows hospitals and health systems to help ensure that every individual receives the highest quality of care. MHA increased hospital members submitting REL data with their administrative claims data from 99 in January 2016 to 120 in December 2017.
  • MHA co-convenes a statewide coalition including the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association to create a common framework for how to care for patients involved in law enforcement. The coalition includes membership from large and small health systems and other stakeholders including police departments and sheriffs’ offices statewide.