Minnesota Hospital Association

Quality & Patient Safety


The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) was selected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as one of 16 national, regional or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations and health system organizations to participate in Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN). Participation in HIIN will allow Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions through an initiative known as the Partnership for Patients (PfP). 

PfP is a nationwide public-private collaboration that began in 2011 and through 2016 awarded two rounds of Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) grants. The HIIN contracts awarded build upon the collective momentum of the HEN work to reduce patient harm and readmissions. Through 2019, HIIN will work to achieve a 20 percent decrease in overall patient harm and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions as a population-based measure (readmissions per 1,000 people) from the 2014 baseline. Efforts to address health equity for Medicare beneficiaries will be central to HIIN efforts.  

MHA has been involved with the Partnership for Patients initiative since its inception, serving as a national leader and significantly reducing hospital-acquired conditions. Building on more than 15 years of quality improvement work at MHA, hospitals and health systems across the state were able to make significant progress toward reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions, as well as reducing harm across the board. 

MHA will receive funds for the next two years to continue statewide quality improvement work in the following areas, many of which align with current patient safety initiatives already underway in Minnesota:

  • Adverse drug events
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Clostridium difficile and antibiotic stewardship
  • Falls
  • Health care disparities 
  • Iatrogenic delirium
  • Patient and family engagement 
  • Pressure ulcers 
  • Readmissions
  • Safety culture
  • Sepsis and septic shock
  • Surgical site infections
  • Surgical/procedural safety
  • Venous thromboembolism 
  • Ventilator-associated events 

Visit the quality and patient safety section the MHA website to learn more about specific patient safety initiatives.