Healthcare Hot Topics: MHA Keystone Center – 2021 Priorities and Leadership Changes

MHA Keystone Center Healthcare Hot Topics

Brittany Bogan, FACHE, CPPS, senior vice president of safety and quality, MHA, and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center, discusses the MHA Keystone Center’s 2021 focus areas in addition to announcing her departure from the MHA.

As we look back on 2020, we remember a year that challenged our hospitals, healthcare systems, employees and communities in unimaginable ways. We also remember a year during which, despite extraordinary circumstances, the front line remained resilient and determined, providing high quality, compassionate care to the people of Michigan. In recognition of this dedication, in this new year more than ever, the MHA Keystone Center remains committed to its mission: supporting healthcare providers to achieve excellence in the outcomes desired by the people they serve.

Our priorities across 2021 include:

Health Equity

We will devote our efforts and resources to eliminating health disparities and dismantling institutional racism. The COVID-19 pandemic has only further highlighted the racial injustices vulnerable populations face, and while some progress has been made, we have a long way to go.

We commend the MHA-member hospitals and healthcare organizations that have taken the first step to address this critical issue by pledging to listen, act and lead as we eliminate healthcare disparities to achieve equitable outcomes for all. The organizations that have signed the pledge will be recognized on the MHA Keystone Center’s public website in the coming weeks. I encourage the healthcare organization chief executive officers who have not yet signed the pledge to contact the MHA Keystone Center.

Improving Care for Older Adults

The older adult population has also been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The MHA Keystone Center is enrolling sites for its second Age-Friendly Health Systems Action Community, which will start in March and will support organizations working to improve healthcare outcomes for older adults. The Action Community will adapt its content to meet the needs of the ever-evolving pandemic.

The MHA Keystone Center is also one of eight organizations that came together to create the Superior Health Quality Alliance, a joint venture intended to improve the quality of health and healthcare for the Medicare population by designing and implementing initiatives that are person-centered and integrated across the continuum of care and services. Under Superior Health, the MHA Keystone Center is engaged in efforts with hospitals, nursing homes and community coalitions to prevent harm, save lives and lower healthcare costs.

Ensuring Healthy Mothers and Babies

On the opposite end of the life spectrum, I am excited to announce the recent launch of Project Baby Deer, a statewide initiative offering rapid whole-genome sequencing (rWGS) for critically ill babies and children. The MHA is working collaboratively with several other organizations to support Project Baby Deer and aiming to make Michigan the first state in the nation to offer rWGS to all babies and children that meet the clinical criteria, regardless of location or type of insurance. More information on Project Baby Deer will be released soon.

In addition to serving families and children through Project Baby Deer, hospital teams across Michigan are focusing on addressing factors contributing to maternal mortality through the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health (MI AIM). Across 2021, birthing hospitals will be invited to attend regional safety sessions, which will enhance healthcare providers’ ability to work toward full implementation of the MI AIM safety bundles, including those focused on hypertension, hemorrhage and sepsis. 

Workplace Safety and Well-being

The MHA Keystone Center will continue efforts to improve workplace safety through the MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative, convened in 2019 to identify, develop and implement risk-reduction strategies. The MHA Workplace Safety Collaborative is hosting a webinar Jan. 28 to educate members on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Staff Wellness Tool, which serves as a guide for those in leadership positions to have structured conversations with their colleagues to help ensure staff well-being.

Addressing the Opiod Epidemic

The MHA Keystone Center and the Michigan Center for Rural Health partnered in 2020 to ensure that providers and health systems focus on preventing opioid-related morbidity and mortality. This partnership offers academic detailing training so providers can offer peer-to-peer educational outreach within their facilities. The training is intended to help providers identify patients at-risk for overdose or opioid use disorder and to offer or connect patients with care appropriate for their individual needs. Our goal is to continue to expand access to this training across the year and align with other state and national efforts to curb opioid abuse in Michigan and beyond.

As evidenced by the information above, the MHA Keystone Center team has a lot of fantastic resources and events planned to support healthcare providers in 2021, kicking off with our first PSO Safe Table of the year Jan. 13 and followed by the PSO Annual Member Meeting March 10 and 11. Please save these dates and watch for more details in our weekly communications.

As my time with the MHA and MHA Keystone Center comes to a close, I want to express my gratitude to everyone I have worked with and learned from over the past 12 years. I am honored to have been part of the MHA and MHA Keystone Center teams and humbled by all that has been achieved through collaboration to advance safety and healthcare quality. As MHA’s leader Brian Peters repeatedly says, “we are in this together,” and working together, we really do make a difference. Thank you for being part of the collective effort.