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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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Aug. 5 and 6, 2014
Engaging Employees to Combat Burnout, Improve Quality and Build Leadership
Chief nurse and medical officers and clinical teams across the healthcare continuum are encouraged to attend the special retreat Engaging Employees to Combat Burnout, Improve Quality and Build Leadership to learn about real-time strategies for combating burnout, depression and unhealthy behaviors while engaging instincts to better develop coping mechanisms, innovation and leadership. Other discussion topics include the impact of stress and fatigue on quality and safety; the effects of traumatic events and medical errors and the stages of recovery; structuring the work environment to learn from defects and support predictability; and dealing with difficult colleagues. The retreat, scheduled for Aug. 5 and 6 at Royal Park Hotel, Rochester, will be led by J. Bryan Sexton, PhD, director of the Patient Safety Center for the Duke University Health System, Durham, NC. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Janice Jones.
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    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.

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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.