Quality & Safety Corner
If you're a reader of the Massachusetts Hospital Association's (MHA's) Monday Report newsletter, you'll have noticed its new Quality & Safety Corner, featuring news relating to the core mission of all Massachusetts hospitals: providing safe, high-quality care to all patients. MHA with its hospital membership is currently engaged in a series of initiatives to reduce infections and readmissions, and to report on our achievements. Quality improvement work in healthcare settings is precise, meticulous work with little margin for error and the need for constant dedication and surveillance.
Massachusetts hospitals are encouraged to share with MHA your stories so we can share them with Monday Report's subscribers. Send your story ideas to MHA's John LoDico at email@example.com.
Massachusetts Hospitals are Working Hard to Ensure Patient Safety
For example, take the Massachusetts Hospital Engagement Network (MA HEN) which up to 31 hospitals in the state have participated in over the past three years and which MHA has coordinated. Under MA HEN, participating hospitals adopt new practices to help achieve the ambitious quality-and-patient-safety improvement goals of reducing all cause preventable harm by 40% and cutting readmissions by 20%. The MA HEN, which ended in December 2014, led to proven, measureable success in improving patient care by preventing 3,290 harms with an approximate cost savings of $25 million.
Or take MHA's participation in the Choosing Wisely Massachusetts campaign led by Massachusetts Health Quality Partners (MHQP). Hospitals and others are coming together to encourage patients to discuss with their physicians whether diagnostic imaging in the treatment of lower back pain and persistent headaches is appropriate. The goal is to help erase the long-held misconception that "more" care equals "better" care.
Massachusetts hospitals are also leading the effort against opioid addiction. Hospitals are currently adopting the recommendations from MHA's Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Task Force that will assist in reducing the number of opioid pain prescriptions from hospital EDs and result in a corresponding reduction in the number of opioid overdoses that are occurring in Massachusetts.
Ebola Preparedness: Massachusetts Hospitals Stand Ready if Need Arises
Massachusetts' world-renown hospitals offer some of the highest quality healthcare services across the nation. Our excellence in disaster response was evident during the life-saving efforts put forth after the Boston Marathon bombings and was the result of a long standing commitment to train providers and treat emergency health issues on every level. Similarly, all Massachusetts hospitals have established policies for containing and treating contagious diseases. Rapid response teams have been in place at Massachusetts hospitals for years, and have effectively addressed public health risks such as Anthrax, SARS, H1N1, MERS and more in the recent past.
MHA's Statewide Performance Improvement Agenda:
Patient safety and high quality care are priorities at Massachusetts hospitals, and Bay State hospitals are national leaders in voluntary reporting of patient quality and safety information. Massachusetts hospitals are committed to doing even more to improve healthcare quality and patient safety. The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) Board of Trustees has unanimously endorsed an association-wide initiative to move beyond public reporting and transparency to make measurable, concrete improvements in hospitals' performance.
MHA Board Endorsed Quality and Safety Goals are:
1. Reduce preventable hospital acquired conditions of CAUTI, CLABSI and SSI by 40% by 2015
2. Reduce preventable readmissions by 20% by 2015