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Reduced Costs

The patient safety and quality initiatives created and led by the MHA Keystone Center have saved thousands of lives in Michigan hospitals. But they have also saved hundreds of millions of healthcare dollars for patients, families and employers.

When a patient receives better care and experiences fewer or no complications, their hospital stay is shorter and their need for additional care related to their original hospitalization is avoided. In a time when advancements in healthcare technology and state-of-the-art procedures are driving up the cost of healthcare, initiatives like the MHA Keystone Center are actually reducing the cost of care by ensuring only necessary dollars are being spent on that care.

A single central-line-associated bloodstream infection in a patient can not only threaten their life, but cost up to $56,000. When those infections — and harm to patient — are successfully avoided, so is the cost.

Between March 2004 and March 2010, a single MHA Keystone Center patient safety and quality project resulted in more than 1,830 lives saved, more than 140,700 excess hospital days avoided, and more than $300 million in healthcare dollars saved. This effort successfully used best practices, checklists and an improved culture of communication among clinicians to reach this impressive achievement.

More than a dozen conditions are being addressed in the MHA Keystone Center projects, saving lives and reducing the healthcare costs paid by patients, families, employers, insurers and others.

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Sept 17, 2014
MHA Keystone: Safe Care Workshop
Registration is now open for the MHA Keystone: Safe Care workshop, being held Sept. 17 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing. Hospitals participating in any of the MHA Keystone: Safe Care initiatives — falls, pressure ulcers, venous thromboembolism (VTE) and adverse drug events (ADEs) — or the MHA Keystone HEN are strongly encouraged to attend. Multiple presentations will occur simultaneously and will include training on the use of Failure Mode & Effects Analysis, root-cause analysis and examine best practices for reducing harm due to patient falls and immobility, hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, opioids, ADEs and VTEs. Hospital teams will also hear from experts on engaging patients and their families in quality improvement work and high reliability concepts.

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. Registration will close Sept. 3 and all registrations received after this deadline will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
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    The MHA Patient Safety & Quality Symposium offers an opportunity to explore innovative patient safety techniques and dialogue with others about how to enhance patient safety across the continuum. Learn new strategies and ideas from faculty who are game-changes in the healthcare and business world.

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    Patient and Family Engagement

    Michigan hospitals and the MHA Keystone Center are committed to including patients and families in improving care and focusing improvement efforts with a patient-centric approach. To that end, the MHA Keystone Center is a proud Pinwheel Sponsor of the Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care.

  • MHA Keystone HEN

    The MHA Keystone Center HEN works with hospitals to identify, share and implement best practices aimed at reducing the number of adverse drug events, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central-line-associated bloodstream infections, injuries from falls and immobility, obstetrical adverse events, pressure ulcers, surgical-site infections, venous thromboembolisms, ventilator-associated pneumonia and preventable readmissions.