MHA selected to join a national Hospital Improvement Innovation Network to improve patient safety
Released on 10/17/2016
CONTACT: Sandra Parker
The Maine Hospital Association selected to join a national Hospital Improvement Innovation Network to improve patient safety in Maine
Augusta, ME– The Maine Hospital Association is working with the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association on a national initiative to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network
contracts are part of a broader effort to transform our healthcare system into one that works better for the American people and for the Medicare program.
Through 2019, these Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks will work to reach national goals of a 20-percent decrease in overall patient harm and a 12-percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions. The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network contracts awarded build upon the collective momentum of the Hospital Engagement Networks and Quality Improvement Organizations to reduce patient harm and readmissions. Efforts to address health equity for Medicare beneficiaries will be central to the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks efforts. CMS will monitor and evaluate the activities of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks to ensure that they are generating results and improving patient safety.
Participation in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network will help Maine hospitals further improve their long-standing track record of providing high-quality care through enhanced dissemination of successful improvement strategies. Maine hospitals are among the best in the country according to a report
from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). In 2016, AHRQ also noted that Maine was one of five states that set the achievable benchmark for transitions of care in their Chartbook on Care Coordination
In October 2015, the Leapfrog Group released its Hospital Safety Scores
. For the fourth time in a row, Maine hospitals had the highest percentage
of A's in the country, with nearly 69 percent of Maine hospitals earning A's. In December 2015, six of the 24 hospitals that the Leapfrog Group named
as Top Rural Hospitals in the country are Maine hospitals.
In 2015, Maine had the third highest rate of hospitals recognized for outstanding performance by the Joint Commission, according to that organization’s annual report
. Ten of Maine’s 21 Joint Commission-accredited hospitals were recognized for outstanding performance, a rate of 48 percent.
Although they are already leaders in providing high-quality healthcare, Maine’s hospitals welcome this opportunity to be part of a national improvement initiative. As the science of medicine evolves, so does the science of healthcare quality. The field is advancing rapidly and hospitals routinely re-evaluate how they structure, measure and monitor quality management.
The Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks continues work started under the Partnership for Patients
, established in 2011, under the authority of section 1115A of the Social Security Act with the goal of reducing program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service believes that the upcoming work of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks, working as part of the Quality Improvement Organization’s work to improve patient safety and the quality of care in the Medicare program, will continue the great strides made in improving care provided to beneficiaries.