And in Michigan
Modern Healthcare’s “Safety efforts rise, but gains hard to rank” story (Dec. 21/28, 2009, “Looking Back on 2009,” p. 26) seems to have overlooked the measurable breakthroughs happening in Michigan.
In partnership with the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality, hospitals have achieved dramatic and quantified improvements in healthcare safety and quality.
Since 2003, the MHA Keystone Center has implemented evidence-based interventions that have helped participating hospitals to save lives and reduce costs through scientific methods and best practices.
The MHA Keystone Center operates various voluntary collaborative initiatives guided by state and national patientsafety experts. In five years, MHA Keystone: Intensive Care Unit saved 1,830 lives and more than $271 million in healthcare costs, and avoided more than 140,700 excess hospital days for patients. MHA Keystone: Hospital-Associated Infection has increased appropriate hospital hand-hygiene compliance to more than twice the national average. Its work to reduce unnecessary urinary catheter use has avoided an estimated 1,000 excess hospital days and $1 million in costs.
The MHA Keystone Center results have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and British Medical Journal, and its process has been endorsed by the World Health Organization, adopted by other countries and expanded into other states. HHS has recognized MHA Keystone as a “success story” that can serve as a model for American healthcare reform. To answer the question, “Is care now safer?” the answer must be “Yes.”
This story is repeated everyday in our country a thousand times over. In lieu of all working toward the same goal, we rather protect the financial health of our silos while talking the good talk. There is a cost for care for our illnesses but it would appear that the goal is to have the other entity pay for it, whether it’s the individual, insurance company, hospital, skilled-nursing facility, etc. Our web of rules and regulations set down by our government via the CMS has created the most outrageous responses by our healthcare businesses imaginable.