In this issue
spotlight: Hospitals in MHA’s HEN making progress toward goals
The 112 hospitals in
MHA’s Hospital Engagement Network are making good progress toward the goals of
reducing hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent and reducing readmissions
by 20 percent. In particular, significant progress has been made to reduce
pressure ulcers and early elective deliveries. In fact, the Centers for
Medicare and Medicaid Services recently gave Minnesota kudos for its work on
pressure ulcers and cited that the state is far below the national average for
its pressure ulcer rate. Learn more about Minnesota hospitals’ patient
safety and quality improvement efforts.
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hospitals chosen to further expand patient safety and quality efforts
The 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.
The 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:
- Severe 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.
- Expanding 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.
To view the full press
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assess 10 years of Adverse Health Event reporting
Hospitals, surgery centers, long-term care organizations and
others came together last week to examine Minnesota’s adverse health event
reporting system, where it’s come in the past 10 years and where it should go
in the future. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is in the midst of a
10-year evaluation of the reporting system, which has included a survey of
reporting facilities, data analysis and in-depth focus groups across the state.
Lawrence Massa, MHA president and CEO, told attendees that the adverse event
reporting system was a catalyst for an increased focus on patient safety and
that it has become the foundation on which we’re able to have transparent
conversations around keeping patients safe. He also said it was important to
stay the course and continue with Minnesota’s nation-leading reporting system
as opposed to significantly altering it.
Themes that emerged during a facilitated discussion of the future of adverse
health events reporting in Minnesota is the need to break down silos within
organizations and put the patient as the driver—further developing
patient-centered care. Participants also felt it was important to continue to
improve the system of sharing so organizations can learn from reported events.
Several participants expressed concern with the system being one focused on
punishment rather than learning and improvement. Finally, participants said it
was critical that we build a culture of safety into physician and nurse leader
training programs so that safe practices become embedded into the culture of
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regional meetings scheduled for October and November
In October and November, MHA will offer a series of regional
trustee meetings at locations throughout the state. These regional meetings
will feature a presentation by Ben Peltier, MHA’s vice president of legal
services, focusing on federal policy affecting Minnesota health care providers.
Ben’s presentation and discussion will break down implementation of the
Affordable Care Act, federal budget crisis, and the actions of Congress, the
federal courts, and various agencies throughout the Department of Health and
Human Services — including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
and Office of the Inspector General (OIG) — all affecting how health care is
delivered and paid for.
The meetings will take place:
- Tuesday, Oct. 22 — Fairview
Ridges Hospital, Burnsville
- Tuesday, Oct. 29 — Douglas
County Hospital, Alexandria
- Wednesday, Oct. 30 — District
One Hospital, Faribault
- Wednesday, Nov. 6 — St.
Joseph’s Area Health Services, Park Rapids
- Thursday, Nov. 7 — St. Luke’s
Trustees working toward MHA Board education certification will
earn 1.0 credit hour under the effective governance (EG) component. Click here for more
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benefit survey issued to members
hospitals to submit data by Friday, Nov. 1
MHA has initiated the community benefit data collection for
fiscal year 2012. The data is presented in MHA’s annual Community Benefit
Report, which quantifies the contributions hospitals make to improve the health
of their communities as well as to ensure access to care.
For systems that have multiple facilities in different geographic regions of
the state, please provide site-specific details so data can be parsed in our
statewide report by region.
If all of your facilities are in one
geographic region, you may report consolidated figures. We understand that you
may file only one 990 Schedule H for your system; however, for community
benefits reporting it is vital we are able to aggregate by region.
Chief executive officers, chief financial officers and communications point
people should have received emails with instructions and a link to the survey
system used to collect the data. Participation by all member hospitals is
requested; the more hospitals that participate, the more representative and accurate
the final report will be. The deadline for submitting data is Friday, Nov. 1.
If your hospital did not receive emails regarding the survey, please contact Bonnie Terveer, MHA data operations assistant, 651-641-1121. return to top
Infection Prevention Week highlights that clean hands save lives
efforts to reduce infection Oct. 20-26
Next week is
International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), drawing attention to the fact
that infection prevention is everyone’s job, and everyone in a hospital plays a
role in keeping patients safe from infection. The Association for Professionals
in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) offers a number of resources and
videos on outbreaks, hand hygiene, and protecting patients on its website. There are also resources to help you
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Creating and maintaining a culture of donation excellence through leadership
The American Hospital Association, the American College of
Healthcare Executives and the Organ Donation and Transplantation Alliance will
host a one-hour webinar on Monday, Oct. 28 from 3-4 p.m. CT. The webinar is
designed for CEOs of hospitals; state/regional/metropolitan hospital
associations; and organ procurement organizations. Participants will:
- Learn how executive leadership
of hospitals, state hospital associations, organ procurement organizations
and transplant centers work together to save lives;
- Learn how effective
partnerships build and support an effective organ donation process; and
- Find new ways to create and
maintain a culture of donation and effective donation systems.
There is no charge for
the webinar but registration is required. To register, click here. return to top
your hospital offer job shadowing opportunities?
Job shadowing is an important way that students gain interest in
health care careers. MHA is updating the list of hospitals that offer job shadowing opportunities.
Please review our list and let us know if anything has changed regarding your
job shadow program. If your hospital offers job shadowing and is not listed,
please send the following information to Nathalie Squire, firstname.lastname@example.org,
MHA workforce project manager, by Friday, Nov. 1:
- Contact Person
- Email Address
- Facility website (or direct
link to information on job shadowing)
Please respond even if nothing has changed to
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