Hospitals

Pennsylvania, New Jersey to get $12 million from patient safety program

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, a nonprofit affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association, will receive a combined $12.2 million as part of a national program to implement strategies to improve patient safety and reduce readmissions. Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania will […]

The Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, a nonprofit affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association, will receive a combined $12.2 million as part of a national program to implement strategies to improve patient safety and reduce readmissions.

Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania will get $5.2 million and the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey will get $7 million hospital engagement contracts over a two-year period as part of the Partnership for Patients initiative.

The Pennsylvania and New Jersey associations are two of 26 hospital engagement networks in the U.S. that will receive a total of $215 million in contracts to help identify solutions already helping to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions and work to spread them to other hospitals and healthcare providers.

The Hospital Engagement Networks will be funded with $500 million from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center — established by the Affordable Care Act.  The networks will provide a variety of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety.

The Hospital and Healthsystem Association will work with its subcontractors that include Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority, the Health Care Improvement Foundation, Quality Insights of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance.

Targeted conditions will include injuries from falls, obstetrical adverse events, surgical-site infections, adverse drug events, venous thromboembolism, pressure ulcers, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia and wrong-site surgery.