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American Hospital Association Releases Performance Improvement Program Results of 1,500 Hospitals

October 4

The American Hospital Association (AHA) Health Research and Education Trust (HRET) released results from their Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 (HEN 2.0) project that showed cost savings of $300 million and prevented 34,000 incidents of early elective deliveries, blood clots, and infections.

With a goal of reducing harm by 40% and readmissions by 20%, HEN 2.0 has 34 participating states and territories, and over 1,500 hospitals. Results included a decrease of 44% in early-elective deliveries, 34% drop in post-operative Venous Thromboembolism, and 21% drop in surgical site infections.

Excerpt: “Hospitals continue to make great progress in their journey to improve patient care, according to new results released today by the AHA/HRET. Over the past year, the project, part of a national performance improvement project sponsored by CMS, helped hospitals reduce early elective deliveries, blood clots, and infections, preventing more than 34,000 incidents with an associated cost savings of nearly $300 million.

As part of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative, the second round of the HEN 2.0 project’s goals were to reduce harm by 40% and readmissions by 20%. The AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 comprises 34 participating states and U.S. Territories and more than 1,500 hospitals. The program has helped the hospital field develop the infrastructure, expertise and organizational culture that will support further improvements for years to come.

Some highlights, relative to the ending rates from the first HEN program, show: Early-elective deliveries rates decreased by 44%; post-operative Venous Thromboembolism dropped by 34%; and, surgical site infections dropped by 21%.”

WBB Assessment: The AHA/HRET HEN program has demonstrated that coordinated quality improvement efforts can result in reduced cost and improved patient outcomes at the same time, and across a multitude of regions and environments. The HEN 2.0 results showed improvements in a number of critical areas of care that reflect improved patient outcomes, such as surgical site infections (SSI), venous thromboembolisms (VTE), and falls. Not only do these indicate improved patient outcomes, but they also reflect significant cost deflection and improvements in access. SSI, VTE, and falls result in increased utilization, higher readmissions, and raised risk of litigation - and therefore higher costs. Readmissions and increased utilization also take resources that would otherwise be available to new patients, and consequently result in decreased access. The challenges for HEN are to maintain the effects over time, and to increase the number of participating hospitals.American Hospital Association Releases Performance Improvement Program Results of 34 U.S. States and Territories, 1,500 Hospitals

Source: AHA

Matthew Loxton

Matthew Loxton
Senior Analyst



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