In September 2016 the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center was awarded a two-year contract (with an optional third year based on performance) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Under the contract, the MHA Keystone Center has partnered with the Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA) and Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) to form the Great Lakes Partners for Patients HIIN to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent, from a 2014 baseline.
The Great Lakes Partners for Patients partnership will build on the quality improvement work of the MHA, IHA and WHA through CMS’ national Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 1.0 and 2.0, contracts awarded from 2011 to 2015. Over the next three years, Great Lakes Partners for Patients hospitals will focus on implementing person and family engagement practices, enhance antimicrobial stewardship, build cultures of high reliability, reduce readmissions and address the following 11 types of inpatient harm:
- Adverse drug events
- Central line-associated blood stream infections
- Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
- Clostridium difficile bacterial infection, including antibiotic stewardship
- Injury from falls and immobility
- Pressure ulcers
- Sepsis and septic shock
- Surgical site infections
- Venous thromboembolism
- Ventilator-associated events
The Great Lakes Partners for Patients gives participating hospitals the opportunity to share solutions that have been successful in rural, urban and suburban communities across Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. The partnership allows us to continue implementing innovations necessary to achieve goals to prevent harm, save lives and lower healthcare costs.