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STAFFING PLANS

Voluntary unit-by-unit reports on caregiver staffing levels updated on an annual basis for over 750 hospital units including emergency departments.

  

 

 

STATEWIDE AGGREGATE PERFORMANCE MEASURES

  • Mortality
  • Readmission 
  • CLABSI

 

INDIVIDUAL HOSPITAL PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Data on key hospital performance issues updated quarterly on pressure ulcers, patient falls, heart attack, heart failure, and more.

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Agency Data

PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Data on individual home healthcare agencies' performance, including timely initiation of care, patient/family medication education, depression assessment, and more.

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The Committee for Quality Hospital Care

The Committee for Quality Hospital Care has launched www.QualityHospitalCare.com that explains why government-mandated nurse staffing ratios are a bad idea and should be rejected by Massachusetts voters. See and hear front-line nurses from hospitals throughout Massachusetts discuss ratios in their own words.

News

   

Reducing Readmissions in Massachusetts: A New Report

 

In a state-of-the-state MHA report, we look at generally accepted readmissions data, identify opportunities for improvement, and detail readmission reduction best practices now underway at Mass. hospitals.

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On May 18, 2016 Pat Noga, PhD, RN, MBA, NEA-BC of Clinical Affairs at MHA conducted a webinar presentation and discussion on the new State of the State: Reducing Readmission in Massachusetts report.

Pat, along with Steven M. Defossez, MD, EMHL, V.P., Clinical Integration at MHA and Amy E. Boutwell, MD MPP, President, Collaborative Healthcare Strategies shared the key findings of the paper, which uses data to point out specific paths for improvement, and details some of the best readmission reduction practices now underway in the state.

During the webinar,   Pat also discussed with the participants the types of readmission reduction strategies that their organizations have put into place and what has made a difference in reducing readmissions.

Click here for to access a recording of the May 18th webinar...

Healthier Hospital Initiative (HHI)

 

The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is a national collaborative of leading healthcare institutions united to help speed the sector toward environmental sustainability. The Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) has become a Supporting Organization of HHI, and MHA-member hospitals across the commonwealth are signing on to the effort.

HHI assists hospitals to improve their environmental stewardship and achieve the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's Triple Aim: better care for individuals, improved health for populations, and reduced per capita healthcare costs.  HHI's Supporting Organizations endorse the goals of the Initiative and seek opportunities to share information with their affiliates, members and associates.

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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 jlodico@mhalink.org.

 

Emerson Hospital Leverages Technology to Improve Patient Experience

Leadership rounding at the bedside - the process where nurse leaders, administrators, and others talk directly with staff and patients about care and services - is a best practice in most hospitals, yet it comes with many challenges.  It can be time consuming and difficult to standardize.  When rounding is done using a pen and paper, how can care teams compile trend data in the department and across the hospital? 

Emerson's care teams wanted to identify a better way to support an excellent patient experience in real time and to track feedback from patients and their families to identify trends. The Emerson team conducted research and discovered CipherHealth's Orchid rounding tool - an iPad app loaded with best practice questions that supports a structured and real-time approach to rounding at patients' bedsides. 
While nurses regularly check patients' health and vital signs, nurse leaders are now able to enhance the overall patient experience by obtaining and recording information from patients' about their entire stay in real time.

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MHA's  "Compass Award"

MHA has created a new award - The Accountable Care Compass Award - to recognize and reward innovative and effective best practices and quality improvement projects that reduce adverse outcomes and drive down healthcare costs. The competition was open to MHA member hospitals, health systems, and provider organizations, including members of MHA's Physician/Hospital Integration Collaborative (PHIC).  More than 30 organizations submitted 60 initiatives for judging in these six categories: 

1. Reducing Hospital-Acquired Conditions and Readmissions
2. Improving Organizational Efficiencies
3. Enhancing Culture and Leadership
4. Providing Care to Special Populations
5. Improvements Across the Continuum of Care
6. Physician Practice Innovations

Summaries of those 60 initiatives have been published in this document - MHA Accountable Care Compass Awards 2015: Improving Care Across the Continuum.

The work detailed in the publication's pages show the quality improvements occurring each day through the intelligent and committed efforts of Massachusetts hospitals and caregivers. Those improvements are helping to bend the cost curve in our state downwards.

Improving Care Across the Continuum also helps hospitals and other providers share their care-improvement efforts among each other. MHA understands the positive effects of collaboration from our efforts as a Hospital Engagement Network, bringing together hospitals from across the state to share best practices to reduce infections and readmissions.

  

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

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For Patients & Families

 

PatientCareLink (PCL)

PCL is more than data; it's about providing useful information to patients and their families. We hope that you will use this information to understand your hospital care and/or home health care, learn more about your care team, discover what your hospital or home health agency is doing to improve care, and find out how you can participate in making your care safer.

  • Understanding PatientCareLink Data
  • Evaluating Quality of Care
  • Who's Who on your Hospital Team
  • Who's Who on your Home Healthcare Team
  • Participating in your Care
     

Improving Patient Care 

Recent Reports of Adverse Events during Cataract Surgery in Massachusetts

Massachusetts has seen a recent increase in reports of Serious Reportable Events (SREs) associated with cataract surgery in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers. Betsy Lehman Center is collaborating with the Department of Public Health (DPH), the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons (MSEPS), and the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists (MSA) to alert ophthalmologists, anesthesiologists, and clinical managers about these adverse events. In addition, we are working to better understand the root causes of these incidents and to share strategies for reducing the risk of future harm to patients. 

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MHA Hospital Engagement Network (HEN):

 


MHA is leading an innovative statewide initiative to reduce inpatient harm, in association with AHA's Health Research & Educational Trust.
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