Since the Institute of Medicine's 1999 report "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System," Michigan hospitals have worked to become national leaders in pioneering programs to improve the safety and quality of health care.
Michigan hospitals and health systems are now participating in these projects, as are a growing number of hospitals and systems in other states. The projects are:
- The MHA Keystone Center. Founded in March 2003, the MHA Keystone Center brings together Michigan hospitals and state and national patient safety experts to develop and implement evidence-based best practices to improve the safety and quality of care. Some of the world's most prestigious medical peer review journals have affirmed the programs are saving lives, reducing errors and cutting health care costs. MHA Keystone Center projects are funded by voluntary contributions from MHA member hospitals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and the state and federal governments.
- The MHA Patient Safety Organization. The federal Patient Safety & Quality Improvement Act of 2005 set the stage for the creation of federally certified patient safety organizations (PSOs). The MHA announced the formation of the MHA PSO in late 2007. In January 2009, then Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed a state law that created the MHA PSO and allowed it to collect data regarding serious reportable events that occur in hospitals for the purpose of improving patient safety and to facilitate the safe delivery of health care.
- The MHA Keystone Center Hospital Engagement Network. In December 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the MHA Keystone Center would lead a federal effort in Michigan to improve patient safety and health care 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). The HEN will work 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.