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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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May 13, 2015
CAUTI Regional Learning Session and Safe Table
This learning session and Safe Table will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, Kalamazoo. Topics will include nurse-driven protocols and patient and family engagement, teamwork and antimicrobial stewardship. Register online or contact Michelle Norcross for assistance.
May 14, 2015
CUSP Implementation Workshop
This one-day workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Shanty Creek Resort, Bellaire. Led by Johns Hopkins CUSP experts, learners will work in groups to devise solutions to common barriers, develop an understanding of the roles of different CUSP team members and learn from others’ experiences. Before attending the workshop, participants must complete nine online Foundations of CUSP modules. Register online or contact Tammy Nault for assistance.
May 28, 2015
MHA Keystone: Pain Management Workshop
This workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. May 28 at the Dearborn Inn. Hospital teams will hear from experts on the implementation and spread of quality improvement work, common challenges in treating chronic pain patients, patient and family engagement, patient-controlled analgesia, emergency department opioid prescribing practices and opioid safety in the inpatient setting. Register online or contact Tammy Nault for assistance.
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  • Annual Symposium

    Annual Symposium

    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.

  • Patient and Family Engagement

    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.

  • Pain Management

    In May, the MHA Keystone Center is launching MHA Keystone: Pain Management to implement evidence-based best practices around pain control and to help patients better manage their pain in the hospital. Contact Michelle Norcross to learn more.