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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Berkshire Medical Center Reduces ReadmissionsAcross the state hospitals are uniting with community-based organizations to form tight, integrated clusters of care with the goal of reducing hospital readmissions. Focusing on high-risk Medicare patients recently discharged from hospitals, and funded through Section 3026 of the Affordable Care Act, these Community-based Care Transition Programs (CCTPs) are successfully cutting avoidable readmissions. A program in Berkshire County was created in December 2012 and first focused on patients discharged from Berkshire Medical Center's (BMC) Heart Failure Clinic. But the Berkshire CCTP program eventually branched out to include any Medicare patient being discharged from BMC, who is at risk of being readmitted. Read more here.
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-approved 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
Read more here