WVHA Selected For Program
West Virginia Hospital Association, as a part of the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network, is selected as one of 17 national, regional, or state hospital associations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Through the Partnership for Patients initiative – a nationwide public-private collaboration that began in 2011 to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent – West Virginia will participate in a second round of Hospital Engagement Networks to continue working to improve patient care in the hospital setting.
“The first Hospital Engagement Network was such a great opportunity for our hospitals to work together. The tools and sharing of best practices provided by this initiative allowed our hospitals to move the bar forward by making patient care even safer than before.” explains Joseph Letnaunchyn, President/CEO of the West Virginia Hospital Association. “This second round will certainly be the catalyst for continued improvement in healthcare in West Virginia.”
Since the launch of the Partnership for Patients, the vast majority of U.S. hospitals and many other stakeholders have joined the collaborative effort and delivered results. The Department of Health and Human Services has estimatedthat 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. Nationally, patient safety is improving, resulting in 1.3 million adverse events and infections avoided in hospitals since in that time period. This translates to a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions over the three-year period.
The Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Engagement Networks are one part of an overall framework established by the Affordable Care Act to deliver better care, spend dollars more wisely, and improve care. Initiatives like the Partnership for Patients, Accountable Care Organizations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and others have helped reduce hospital readmissions in Medicare by nearly 8 percent between January 2012 and December 2013 – translating into 150,000 fewer readmissions – in addition to the quality improvements mentioned above.
“We have made significant progress in keeping patients safe and we are focused on accelerating improvement efforts through collaboration and reliable implementation of best practices,” said Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS acting principal deputy administrator and chief medical officer. “This second round of Hospital Engagement Networks will allow us to continue to improve health care safety across the nation.”
Round two of the Hospital Engagement Networks will continue to work to develop learning collaboratives for hospitals and provide a wide array of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety. They will be required to: conduct intensive training programs to teach and support hospitals in making patient care safer; provide technical assistance to hospitals so that hospitals can achieve quality measurement goals; and establish, implement, and improve the system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting the Partnership for Patients’ quality improvement goals. The activities of the Hospital Engagement Networks will be closely monitored by CMS to ensure that they are generating results and improving patient safety.
For more information on the Partnership for Patients and the Hospital Engagement Networks, please visit: partnershipforpatients.cms.gov.
Picture Pages Of The Heroes Of Putnam County
They are heroes. Emergency service workers, firefighters, law enforcement, and the military. Everyday, they put their lives on the line to protect our country and our communities. They do this voluntarily. They do this with humility. And they rarely get thanked for their service.
PutnamLIVE.com wants to change that. These photo pages are for Your Heroes. We can all thank them for their service by emailing their photographs, name, rank and area of service to Heroes@PutnamLIVE.com. Active or retired, we'll proudly post their photos here for the world to salute. It's our small way of saying, "Thank you for your service!"
Putnam County's own Mandy Curry is on a mission to raise healthy kids. She has two sons of her own and wants to help everyone's children
up with a healthy lifestyle.grow
When she isn't writing about healthy kids, you'll find Mandy hard at work training staff at City National Bank or donating her time to the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and Putnam County Development Authority.
PutnamLIVE.com is proud to bring you Mandy's "Healthy Kids First" blog. We hope you check in every week for Mandy's latest advice on how to keep your kids healthy and happy by eating right. Because nothing is more important than our kids' health!
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Learn more about water conservation by clicking on the following links:
(Thank you to Mrs. Fowler's fourth-grade class for sending us The Water Page all the way from New York!)
Together Green is a web site that makes suggestions on how you can recycle to help the environment.
Earth911 is an environmental services company
that addresses solutions for products' end-of-life
for businesses and consumers.
Eco.org is a web site for "green" jobs.
Greenopolis is a company that works with Pepsi to offer recycling machines (for plastic bottles and aluminum cans) called "Dream Machines" throughout America, including West Virginia.
The following links were sent to PutnamLIVE.com from Mrs. Carter's summer school science class-in Delaware. They get extra credit for PutnamLIVE.com including them on this page. How can we say no?
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