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.
From Multiple Angles, Readmission Rates Are Decreasing
A variety of different measures all point to one inescapable fact: readmissions of Medicare patients at Massachusetts hospitals are steadily decreasing, according to a new MHA analysis.
Statistics over the past decade show that Massachusetts hospitals, as well as hospitals nationwide, over the past decade at first had incremental improvements in readmissions before experiencing a significant drop beginning in 2012. The improvements may be due to the increased focus on the issue that hospitals undertook in response to Medicare readmission penalties that the federal government instituted in recent years.
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