American Hospital Association
Health Research & Educational Trust

Reducing Preventable Harm in Hospitals

Through a robust collaboration between the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, many state hospital associations and numerous individual hospitals, there has been a notable reduction in hospital preventable harm. Since the inception of the collaboration in 2011, patients have experienced 2.1 million fewer incidents of harm. In short, this translates to an estimated 87,000 deaths prevented and $20 billion saved in health care costs between 2011 and 2014. Read more about the national efforts to improve patient safety and the Partnership for Patients initiative in the article featured below.

Read full article here.


How Hospitals Are Changing to Become Safer

It’s natural to seek to assign blame when harm occurs. But patient safety experts say that medical errors are more a function of faulty systems than faulty people. In recent years, with leadership from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine, federal programs like the Partnership for Patients and many others, numerous hospitals have made focused efforts to reduce harm. Here’s a look at some of them.

Read full article here.

New Resource! Patient and Family Engagement Resource Compendium Now Available

By partnering with patients, their families and other caregivers, hospitals can improve the quality and safety of health care, reduce costs, increase employee satisfaction and improve the patient experience. HRET has developed a resource compendium to help link PFE concepts and strategies to available resources. Download the compendium here.

Available Now: 2016 Change Packages and Checklists

The new Change Packages have been updated to include:

  • Modified harm definition and resources
  • Relevant updates in best practices and change ideas
  • An easy-to-use, streamlined structure
  • Additional background on how to use the driver diagrams 
  • Up-to-date Top Ten Checklists

We encourage you to review opportunities in your facility to drive change in harm prevention and patient safety by downloading the new resources for:

Stay tuned in early 2016 for the release of additional topic updates.

EOMs now available for core topic process measures and additional topic outcome measures

Download the EOMs for the core topic outcome measures, core topic process measures and additional topic outcome measures.  Additional resources on data submission are available on the Data & Informatics Teams landing page.

IFD Survey on Health Disparities, Diversity Management

HRET and the Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD) are encouraging all hospitals to complete, by the end of January, a survey about their efforts to address health care disparities and improve diversity management practices. The survey was sent to hospital CEOs. Please click here to access the survey