The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Hospital Engagement
Network (HEN) has been awarded $4.5 million from the U.S. Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to further expand its work to
enhance patient safety. The award was effective Sept. 26, 2013.
MHA Hospital Engagement Network competed successfully as a hospital
engagement network in the federal Partnership for Patients program to be
chosen for this work. The MHA HEN is one of six hospital
engagement networks across the country to be selected for this program.
The Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) funding will allow
Minnesota hospitals to create tested strategies to measure and improve
outcomes for patients. Specifically, hospitals will develop and share
with hospitals nationally significant advances in the following areas:
sepsis (a rapid onset of organ dysfunction caused by an overwhelming
immune response to infection) and septic shock (a form of severe sepsis
accompanied by a life-threatening decrease in blood pressure).
- Clostridium difficile
(C.diff), a bacterial infection that can be acquired during
hospitalization and after treatment of an unrelated infection with
antibiotics. C.diff infection leads to a wide range of symptoms from
diarrhea to life-threatening colon inflammation, and primarily occurs in
older adults in hospitals.
- Iatrogenic delirium, a rapid decline
in cognitive function, which results in temporary, but severe confusion
and disorientation as a result of medical treatment.
- Creating a hospital culture of safety that fully integrates patient and worker safety.
the reduction of hospital acquired conditions and readmissions across
the health care community, including: collaborating with long-term care,
clinics, the community and others to prevent falls and falls with
injury across all settings; improving transitions of care through
comprehensive medication therapy management; engaging medical school
residents in meaningful quality improvement and patient safety efforts;
and engaging patients as partners in the prevention of harm.
Partnership for Patients program was created by the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services in 2011 to help improve the quality, safety
and affordability of health care for allAmericans with the goal to:
- Decrease preventable hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent.
- Decrease hospital 30-day readmissions by 20 percent.
MHA has helped 112 participating hospitals identify, document, refine and share best practices to prevent and reduce:
- Adverse drug events (ADE)
- Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
- Central-line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
- Injuries from falls and immobility
- Obstetrical adverse events, including the reduction of early elective deliveries (EEDs)
- Pressure ulcers
- Surgical site infections
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)
selected for this initiative is a testament to the innovative work
going on in Minnesota hospitals to continuously improve patient care,”
said Lawrence Massa, president and chief executive officer, Minnesota
Hospital Association. “Participation in this program will help ensure
that Minnesota hospitals will continue to be at the forefront of the
nation in delivering safe, high-quality care to patients.”
following hospitals and health systems will serve as mentor and/or
exploratory hospitals for the LEAPT contract. These hospitals will help
test and refine best practices that will be spread to hospitals across
- Appleton Area Health Services
- Avera Health/Avera E. Care
- Avera Marshal Regional Medical Center
- Buffalo Hospital
- CentraCare Health – Long Prairie
- CentraCare Health – Melrose
- CentraCare Health – Monticello
- Grand Itasca Clinic and Hospital, Grand Rapids
- HealthEast Care System, St. Paul
- Maple Grove Hospital
- Mille Lacs Health System, Onamia
- Minnesota Valley Health Center, Le Sueur
- New Ulm Medical Center
- Ortonville Area Health Services
- Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, St. Louis Park
- Redwood Area Hospital, Redwood Falls
- Rice Memorial Hospital, Willmar
- Ridgeview Medical Center, Waconia
- Sanford Jackson Medical Center
- St. Cloud Hospital
- Tri-County Hospital, Wadena
- United Hospital, St. Paul
- University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, Minneapolis
- Windom Area Hospital
MHA HEN will subcontract with several organizations to harness their
expertise in particular topic areas including: the University of
Minnesota-College of Pharmacy Residency Program, the University of
Minnesota Medical School, and the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety.
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 & Quality’s (AHRQ) ranks
Minnesota as having the best overall health care quality in the nation.The
Minnesota Hospital Association, 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 development of new
methods of measuring quality. For more information, go to: www.mnhospitals.org/patient-safety.
Minnesota Hospital Association represents 144 hospitals and health
systems, which employ more than 113,000 people, provide quality care for
patients and meet the needs of our communities.