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MHA Keystone Hospital Engagement Network (HEN)

In December 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that the MHA Keystone Center will be leading a federal effort in Michigan to improve patient safety and healthcare quality. The MHA Keystone Center is one of 26 state, regional, national and hospital system organizations to become a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) to identify, share and implement best practices aimed at reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions (HACs).

Each HEN works with hospitals to address patient injuries that result from adverse drug events, various types of infections, injuries from falls, pressure ulcers and more. The goals are to reduce preventable HACs by 40 percent and reduce hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. Success would mean about 1.8 million fewer injuries to patients in the hospital, saving more than 60,000 lives over three years, and would mean more than 1.6 million patients recover from illness without suffering a preventable complication requiring rehospitalization.

The MHA Keystone HEN builds on the work that has already proved successful in Michigan and reinforces and complements the ongoing MHA Keystone Center projects and the MHA Patient Safety Organization efforts. Key areas such as readmissions, where significant penalties will soon be imposed for excessive rates under healthcare reform, will continue to be a focus of both the MHA Keystone Center and MHA Keystone HEN.

In October, the MHA Keystone HEN received a letter of intent from HHS to renew its contract for a third year. The letter of intent for renewal was based on the MHA Keystone HEN’s success over the first two years in achieving the goals of the Partnership for Patients.

HEN Focus Area Related MHA Keystone Center Collaborative
Adverse drug events MHA Keystone: Safe Care
Catheter-associated urinary tract infection MHA Keystone: Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection and MHA Keystone: Emergency Room
Central-line-associated bloodstream infection MHA Keystone: Intensive Care Unit
Injuries from falls and immobility MHA Keystone: Safe Care
Obstetrical adverse events MHA Keystone: Obstetrics
Pressure ulcers MHA Keystone: Safe Care
Surgical site infections MHA Keystone: Surgery
Venous thromboembolism MHA Keystone: Safe Care
Ventilator-associated pneumonia MHA Keystone: Intensive Care Unit

For more information, review the frequently asked questions, or contact Brittany Bogan at the MHA.

Oct. 21, 2014
MHA Keystone: Surgery Workshop
Registration is now open for the annual MHA Keystone: Surgery workshop, being held Oct. 21 at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. Presentation topics include handoff communication, health literacy and glycemic control. Hospital teams will also hear from experts on physician and executive engagement, culture and reducing surgical-site infections in colon patients.

To register, visit the MHA Event Registration page or complete the registration form and return via email to Tammy Nault or fax to (517) 703-0605. For questions about the event, please contact Michelle Norcross. Registration will close Oct. 13 and all registrations received after this deadline will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
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