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Hospital Engagement Network

Designed to help identify solutions to reduce hospital acquired conditions and readmissions and spread them to hospitals and other health care providers.

 

Eliminating Harm, Improving Patient Care

Click here to access the Trustee Guide Workbook and the accompanying video series.


 

Improvement Calculator Update Ver. 3.03 - August 2014

You can download the August update of the Improvement Calculator now - just click the link. You can also visit the Eliminating Harm Across the Board Templates and Other Resources to download a copy.


Study: Obstetric complication rates vary widely across hospitals

August 5, 2014

The rate of obstetrical complications varies widely across hospitals, according to a study published yesterday in Health Affairs. The composite rate for complications such as hemorrhage, infection and laceration ranged between 10% and 23% for vaginal deliveries and between 4% and 21% for cesarean deliveries, based on a national sample of 2010 discharge data for obstetrical deliveries. “Because we lack access to comprehensive clinical data, our findings should be considered preliminary,” the authors said, adding that “future studies will be needed to determine the relative contribution of providers’ characteristics such as type (obstetrician, family practice physician, or nurse midwife), training, and prior experience that might influence outcomes.” In 2012, the AHA Board of Trustees adopted a formal position supporting policies to eliminate early-term, non-medically necessary deliveries, which can increase complications for mothers and babies. In addition to multiple other efforts by AHA and its Section for Maternal and Child Health, the AHA/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network has prevented nearly 19,000 early elective deliveries since 2012, saving the health care system almost $15 million.


  Partnership for Patients Preliminary Evaluation Report

The Partnership for Patients initiative was launched in 2011 with the goals of reducing preventable hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2014. In order to achieve these aims, the initiative has implemented a strategy to focus health care stakeholders, including federal and other public and private health care payors, providers, and patients on reducing hospital harms. This independent preliminary evaluation report is designed to provide an interim assessment of Partnership for Patients initiative’s progress towards reducing hospital-acquired harms. While the preliminary evaluation report documents substantial progress in reduced harm and readmissions, further work is needed to determine the Partnership for Patients initiative’s progress towards the goals of reducing preventable hospital acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2014.