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SOURCE Minnesota Hospital Association
ST. PAUL, Minn., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) has been awarded $4.5 million from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to further expand its work to enhance patient safety. The award was effective Sept. 26, 2013.
The MHA Hospital Engagement Network competed successfully as a hospital engagement network in the federal Partnership for Patients program to be chosen for this work.
The MHA HEN is one of six hospital engagement networks across the country to be selected for this program. The Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) funding will allow Minnesota hospitals to create tested strategies to measure and improve outcomes for patients. Specifically, hospitals will develop and share with hospitals nationally significant advances in the following areas:
The Partnership for Patients program was created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2011 to help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans with the goal to:
MHA has helped 112 participating hospitals identify, document, refine and share best practices to prevent and reduce:
"Being selected for this initiative is a testament to the innovative work going on in Minnesota hospitals to continuously improve patient care," said Lawrence Massa, president and chief executive officer, Minnesota Hospital Association. "Participation in this program will help ensure that Minnesota hospitals will continue to be at the forefront of the nation in delivering safe, high-quality care to patients."
The following hospitals and health systems will serve as mentor and/or exploratory hospitals for the LEAPT contract. These hospitals will help test and refine best practices that will be spread to hospitals across the state:
The MHA HEN will subcontract with several organizations to harness their expertise in particular topic areas including: the University of Minnesota-College of Pharmacy Residency Program, the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety.
Multiple independent quality organizations consistently rank Minnesota among the top states in the nation for patient safety and quality of care. The federal Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality's (AHRQ) ranks Minnesota as having the best overall health care quality in the nation.
The Minnesota Hospital Association, with its members and partners, is involved in a number of actions to reach for even higher levels of performance, including: a nation-leading adverse health events reporting system; multiple patient safety calls to action; and development of new methods of measuring quality. For more information, go to: http://www.mnhospitals.org/patient-safety.
The Minnesota Hospital Association represents 144 hospitals and health systems, which employ more than 113,000 people, provide quality care for patients and meet the needs of our communities.
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