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HEN 2.0: HQI Selected to Continue Work in Improving Patient Safety, Quality of Care at California Hospitals

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) has been selected by the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Education Trust (AHA/HRET) as one of 30 state and regional hospital associations across the country to participate in a second phase of the Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs). 

The HENs, which are part of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative, are results-oriented networks of hospitals working towards the goal of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and patient readmissions by 20 percent.

HQI, of which CHPSO is a division, was founded by the California Hospital Association (CHA), the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California (Hospital Council), the Hospital Association of Southern California (HASC) and the Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties (HASDIC). HQI works with hospitals across California to advance the goal of improving patient safety and quality of care.

Since the launch of the Partnership for Patients initiative, the vast majority of U.S. hospitals and many other stakeholders have joined this collaborative effort and delivered results. The Department of Health and Human Services has estimated that 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. Nationally, patient safety is improving, resulting in 1.3 million adverse events and infections avoided in hospitals since in that time period. This translates to a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions over the three-year period.

During the first round of the Partnership for Patients work, 147 California hospitals working with HQI achieved significant success improving quality and patient safety reducing harm across the board, including a 65 percent reduction in early elective deliveries, and a 58 percent reduction in pressure ulcers. The programs and synergies within HQI have advanced these best practices to 400 member hospitals across the state. More than 170 hospitals have already expressed an interest in participating in round two of the California Hospital Engagement Network’s efforts. If your team is interested in participating in HEN 2.0, please contact info@hqinstitute.org.