HAP Helps Pennsylvania Hospitals Improve Quality and Safety of Patient Care
HAP has been selected as one of 17 national, regional, or state hospital associations and health system organizations to continue efforts with reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.
Through the Partnership for Patients initiative—a nationwide public-private collaboration that began during 2011 to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent—HAP’s Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN) will participate in a second round of hospital engagement networks to continue working to improve patient care in the hospital setting.
The Partnership for Patients and hospital engagement networks are one part of an overall framework established by the Affordable Care Act to deliver better care and spend dollars more wisely.
The initiatives listed below reflect the efforts of the PA-HEN with reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.
Culture of safety is a commitment hospitals make to provide a safe patient environment by involving senior leadership, caregivers, patients, and families to work together toward continual improvement. The organizational culture of the hospital must be such that providing quality patient care is the highest priority.
Patient care transitions involve moving patients between health care providers as their condition and care needs change. Improving these transitions may result in the reduction of patient’s need to be readmitted to the hospital.
Patient harm is unintended physical injury resulting from or contributed to by medical care, including the absence of indicated medical treatment that requires additional monitoring, treatment, or hospitalization. Pennsylvania hospitals are working to analyze the cause of harm, identify prevention strategies, and ensure those strategies become part of the culture of care.
Health care-acquired infections are infections that patients get while receiving treatment for another condition. These may occur following surgery or as a result of care that requires the use of a life-saving device. Pennsylvania hospitals are working to eliminate health care-acquired infections.