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HQI Selected to Continue Patient Safety, Quality Work Through Second Phase of HEN

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) has been selected by the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Education Trust as one of 30 state and regional hospital associations across the country to participate in a second phase of the Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs).

During the first round of the Partnership for Patients work, 147 California hospitals working with HQI achieved significant success improving quality and patient safety, including a 65 percent reduction in early elective deliveries, and a 58 percent reduction in pressure ulcers. The programs and synergies within HQI have advanced these best practices to 400 member hospitals across the state. More than 170 hospitals have already expressed an interest in participating in round two of the California HEN’s efforts.               

“Over the past two years, the Hospital Quality Institute has led California’s effort to reach the national goal of a 40 percent reduction in hospital-acquired conditions and a 20 percent reduction in readmissions,” said HQI President/CEO Julianne Morath, RN, MS, CPPS. “With a focused effort on implementing sustainable improvements, California hospitals were able save 8,994 lives and $74 million over the past three years. In the next phase of the HENs, HQI will continue building on the strong work of our hospital partners to continuously improve quality of care and expand the use of best practices.”

Round two of the HENs will continue to develop learning collaboratives for hospitals and provide a wide array of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety. The HENs will be required to conduct intensive training programs to teach and support hospitals in making patient care safer; provide technical assistance to hospitals so that quality measurement goals are achieved; and establish, implement, and improve  the system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting the Partnership for Patients’ quality improvement goals. The activities of the HENs will be closely monitored by CMS to ensure they are generating results and improving patient safety.

For more information on the Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Engagement Networks, visit partnershipforpatients.cms.gov.

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