MHA Keystone Center Leadership Corner: September 2017

Posted on September 07, 2017

The Leadership Corner features monthly updates from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) leadership team. The updates will provide new insights to patient safety and quality as well as information obtained from healthcare workshops and conferences across the country.

Sam WatsonSam R. Watson, MSA, CPPS, senior vice president of patient safety and quality, MHA Keystone Center shares why the MHA is working to improve hospital transparency.

"Transparency is becoming the norm." – Peter Pronovost, intensive care specialist physician, Johns Hopkins Hospital 

This year, the MHA Board of Trustees has sought to address the issue of data transparency for consumers, as well as hospital-to-hospital sharing of improvement data.  

This effort aims to help improve the information about hospital quality that is currently available to the public — which is outdated, difficult to understand, and irrelevant to patients. In addition, the data that the MHA Keystone Center has long shared with membership has historically been blinded.

To combat these issues and improve hospital data transparency, the MHA implemented two initiatives:

  1. Update and enhance the publicly accessible website,, by including data that is only six months in arrears. The revised website is expected to launch late in 2017 and will include infection data, specifically central-line-associated bloodstream infection, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, surgical-site infection, MRSA and Clostridium difficile. Additional measures include: mortality rates, length of stay, Cesarean section and early elective delivery rates.
  2. The MHA Keystone Center will use unblinded quality improvement data in MHA-member meetings. All data will be drawn from existing data sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network (CDC NHSN), the Michigan Inpatient Database and Hospital Compare.

Hospitals will have the opportunity to preview their data before it is posted, and any new measures can be added over time under the guidance of the MHA Board of Trustees.

The data will be voluntarily submitted and will exclude event reports to the patient safety organization. Unblinded data will not be shared and/or distributed outside of MHA-member meetings.

Sharing unblinded data is critical because it gives hospitals the opportunity to understand their performance in relation to other facilities and will, in turn, facilitate learning and improvement.

Questions may be directed to Sam R. Watson.

This article was featured in the new MHA Keystone Center Newsletter. To subscribe, please contact Ashley Sandborn, MHA Keystone Center communications specialist.


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