Hudson Hospital & Clinic dedicated quality improvement efforts have yielded positive results, according to a recent Wisconsin Hospital Associations (WHA) quality report. Patient safety and quality initiatives for Hudson Hospital include reducing: readmissions; patient falls; early elective deliveries and urinary tract infections. At the end of 2013, Hudson Hospital achieved goals in all areas.
Statewide, Wisconsin hospitals’ efforts to improve the quality and safety of the patient care have reduced health care costs in Wisconsin by an estimated $45.6 million, according to a recent report released by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA). http://www.wha.org/Data/Sites/1/quality/WHA2013QualityReport.pdf
WHA and 108 hospitals have just completed the second year of improvement work under a subcontract with the American Hospital Association Health Research & Educational Trust to work on the federal Partnership for Patients initiative. The Partnership for Patients’ goal is focused on reducing hospital readmissions by 20 percent and hospital acquired harm by 40 percent. “Wisconsin is a recognized leader in health care quality and value. Our goal is to ensure that every patient in our state receives the finest care possible no matter where they go for that care. Through our collaboration on quality improvement, that goal is in range,” according to WHA President Steve Brenton. “As much as hospitals have been able to significantly improve care, however, Wisconsin health care leaders are keenly aware that their work is far from over.”
In 2014, Hudson Hospital is focused on sustaining the gains they achieved in all areas of participation in Partners for Patients in 2013 with a focus on: readmission rates; falls; and catheter associated urinary tract infections. Hudson Hospital will also be actively participating in the HCAHPS initiatives through Partners for Patients. Hudson Hospital, a critical access hospital, tackles readmission by using a combination of primary care appointment scheduling, discharge follow-up calls, improved teaching to patients and family, and timely exchange of information between facilities.
More than 100 hospitals working together with WHA have reduced readmissions, prevented hospital-associated infections and adverse events related to insulin, and reduced the number of babies delivered before 39 weeks.
One of the most dramatic decreases was in the number of patients readmitted to the hospital after an inpatient stay. The average readmission costs $9,600. The hospitals that are working on this have already prevented 3,556 readmissions and reduced health care costs in Wisconsin by $34 million.
Another equally important focus area is infection prevention. Hospitals have worked to reduce three types of infections: central line-associated blood stream, surgical site and catheter-associated urinary tract. The hospitals’ dedicated efforts to stop hospital-associated infections saved more than $10 million in health care costs and improved the care for more than 1,000 patients who were at an increased risk for an infection. “When improvement work reduces hospital-associated infections and readmissions it translates into cost savings, and that is a value for patients, employers and insurers,” says Brenton.