HMH joins Kentucky Hospital Association’s new quality initiatives

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Harrison Memorial Hospital has joined the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) in an effort to improve patient care and reduce health care costs in the commonwealth. Hospitals throughout the state are collaborating to reduce preventable readmissions and hospital acquired conditions (HACs). KHA has been awarded a contract, in partnership with The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to support the Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign.
PfP is a national initiative launched earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Through the PfP, KHA has established a hospital engagement network (K-HEN) to help hospitals identify ways to improve patient safety and share learning among hospitals across the state.
“Kentucky’s hospitals continue to demonstrate a strong commitment to improve patient safety and quality of care. KHA is very pleased that almost 80 percent of Kentucky’s hospitals are participating in K-HEN. There are nearly 2,000 hospitals participating nationwide, working with their state hospital associations in partnership with HRET, in 33 states. Out of the hospital associations involved, Kentucky has the highest participation rate with 101 of the state’s 131 hospitals signed up,” said Michael T. Rust, KHA president. “Our state’s participation in the hospital engagement network is the latest example of our ongoing effort to make care safer for our patients.”
The PfPs’ goal for this two-year project is to reduce preventable readmissions that occur within 30 days of discharge by 20 percent and HACs by 40 percent (compared to 2010) by the end of 2013. K-HEN will provide resources and expertise from AHA’s HRET to build on evidence from research and pilot projects, as well as best practices, learning networks and other resources to address 10 targeted areas:
1. Adverse drug events (ADE); 2. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI); 3. Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI); 4. Injuries from falls and immobility; 5. Obstetrical adverse events; 6. Pressure ulcers; 7. Surgical site infections; 8. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) or deep vein clots; 9. Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP); 10. Preventable readmissions including Harrison Memorial Hospital, 100 out of the 131 Kentucky hospitals are participating in the K-HEN project.
“Harrison Memorial Hospital’s mission has always been to provide the highest quality care for its patients. This voluntary initiative will result in even more lives saved, fewer complications and a reduction in health care costs for the people in our community,” said Sheila Currans, HMH Chief Executive Officer.  “HMH has established two Interdisciplinary Teams, led by Dr. Stephen Moses, HMH Chief of Staff and Dr. Karl Schulstad, HMH Chief of Surgery.  We are committed to achieving these very aggressive goals set forth by U.S Department of Health and Human Services.”
For more information about Harrison Memorial Hospital, visit their website at harrisonmemhosp.com.