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Helping hospitals reduce readmissions and hospital acquired conditions

Posted Aug 15 2011 1:49pm

Monday, August 15th, 2011

By Mike Stephens
Former CEO, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

If you are thinking of partnering with an organization to help you reduce hospital readmissions and hospital acquired conditions, consider teaming up with those who are setting standards in these areas nationwide.

Organizations are applying for Hospital Engagement Contractor status with CMS in order to be eligible for funding to help hospitals make these improvements.

The Premier healthcare alliance is among those who submitted an application to become a Hospital Engagement Contractor (HEC) for the Partnership for Patients (PFP) initiative launched by the Innovation Center. If chosen, they have an impressive list of healthcare experts ready to assist hospitals across the country.

The goal of the PFP initiative is to help hospitals reduce preventable Hospital Acquired Conditions (HACs) by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent in the next three years. This is something hospitals cannot afford to put off as reimbursements continue to be tied more closely with quality and outcomes.

Premier’s team will include subject matter experts within their company as well as other healthcare leaders we all know and respect. Here are a few of those who are expected to be part of this effort:

o Harlan Krumholz, MD, director, Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation. Dr. Krumholz will be an expert advisor on readmissions and measurement.

o Atul Gawande , MD,  Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Gawande is an expert when it comes to patient safety, surgical infections and process improvement.

o Healthcare Performance Improvement (HPI), a leading organization providing proven methods for building and sustaining a culture of safety.

o Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). IHI will serve as an advisor on an overall approach to harm reduction.

Changing the trend when it comes to readmissions and hospital acquired conditions is some of the most important work we can do.

Hospital Engagement Contractor selection will be announced this fall.

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