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.
Dec. 4, 2014
MHA Keystone HEN Honored for Efforts to Improve Patient Safety
On December 4, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledged the participation of the MHA Keystone Hospital Engagement Network, or “HEN” for their participation in the national Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative. The HEN consisted of nearly 100 hospitals across the state. Nationwide, more than 3,700 hospitals participated in this important three year national initiative to improve patient safety. The PfP had the ambitious goals of reducing hospital-acquired conditions by 40% and readmissions by 20% by the end of the 2014.Dec. 3, 2014
This acknowledgement was received as part of CMS’ “QualityNet: The CMS Healthcare Quality Conference”. The MHA Keystone HEN and its member hospitals remain committed to improving patient care and outcomes into the future.
MHA Keystone Center Intro Video
Since 2003, Michigan hospitals have voluntarily implemented evidence-based best practices that save lives, reduce costs and improve the quality of care delivered to patients throughout the state. This brief video provides an introduction to these efforts, which are coordinated through the MHA Keystone Center and MHA PSO. We encourage you to share this video with your colleagues and new hospital employees.
Jan. 28, 2015
MHA Keystone: ICU Registration Open
Registration is now open for the MHA Keystone: ICU Workshop, scheduled Jan. 28 at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids. Presentation topics include patient and family engagement, ICU survivorship, early mobility, data review and application of the ABCDE bundle at the bedside.
Hospitals participating in MHA Keystone: ICU are strongly encouraged to attend. Each ICU may register up to three individuals at no charge. All members of the ICU interdisciplinary team are invited, including nurses, nurse and physician leaders, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, infection preventionists and quality improvement specialists.
Registration is available online or by completing the registration form and returning to Janice Jones. Please contact Janice at (517) 886-8433 if you have questions about registration. Registration will close Jan. 21 and all registrations received after this deadline will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions about the workshop can be directed to Phyllis McLellan.