Cara Welch, Colorado Hospital Association
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Colorado Hospitals Selected to Continue Improvements in Patient Safety

Date Sep. 28, 2015

Greenwood Village, Colo. – The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA), as a part of the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network, has been selected as one of 17 national, regional or state hospital associations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Through the Partnership for Patients initiative – a nationwide public-private collaboration that began in 2011 to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent – Colorado will participate in a second round of Hospital Engagement Networks to continue working to improve patient care in the hospital setting. 
 
“Colorado hospitals and health systems are committed to reducing patient harm and avoidable readmissions, and we were proud to participate in the first phase of the Hospital Engagement Network initiative from 2012 to 2014,” said Steven J. Summer, CHA president and CEO. “More than 30 Colorado hospitals participated in that first program, preventing 2,800 patient harms and saving nearly $15 million. We are excited to continue this important work during the next chapter of this collaborative.”
 
Since the launch of the Partnership for Patients, the vast majority of U.S. hospitals and many other stakeholders have joined the 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.
 
The Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Engagement Networks are one part of an overall framework established by the Affordable Care Act to deliver better care, spend dollars more wisely and improve care. Initiatives like the Partnership for Patients, Accountable Care Organizations, Quality Improvement Organizations and others have helped reduce hospital readmissions in Medicare by nearly 8 percent between January 2012 and December 2013 – translating into 150,000 fewer readmissions – in addition to the quality improvements mentioned above. 
 
“We have made significant progress in keeping patients safe, and we are focused on accelerating improvement efforts through collaboration and reliable implementation of best practices,” said Patrick Conway, MD, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer. “This second round of Hospital Engagement Networks will allow us to continue to improve health care safety across the nation.”
 
Round two of the Hospital Engagement Networks will continue to work to develop learning collaboratives for hospitals and provide a wide array of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety. They will be required to conduct intensive training programs to teach and support hospitals in making patient care safer; provide technical assistance to hospitals so that hospitals can achieve quality measurement goals; and establish, implement and improve the system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting the Partnership for Patients’ quality improvement goals. The activities of the Hospital Engagement Networks will be closely monitored by CMS to ensure that they are generating results and improving patient safety.
 
For more information on the Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Engagement Networks, visit partnershipforpatients.cms.gov.
 
About the Colorado Hospital Association
The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) is the leading voice of Colorado’s hospital and health system community. Representing over 100 member hospitals and health systems throughout the state, CHA serves as a trusted, credible and reliable resource on health issues, hospital data and trends for its members, media, policymakers and the general public. Through CHA, Colorado’s hospitals and health systems work together in their shared commitment to improve health and health care in Colorado.