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.
Dec. 9, 2013
MHA Keystone HEN Renewed for Third Year
The MHA Keystone Center was recently awarded a third year of federal funding to continue as a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN). The center is one of 26 organizations nationally contracted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify, share and implement best practices to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions. Established in December 2011, the MHA Keystone HEN builds on the work that has proven successful in Michigan and reinforces and complements the MHA’s ongoing patient safety and quality improvement efforts. The MHA Keystone HEN aims to reduce the number of preventable 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 events and preventable readmissions. The renewal was based on the MHA Keystone HEN’s success over the first two years in achieving the goals of the Partnership for Patients.
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