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 email@example.com.