Washington Quality Acceleration
WSHA’s patient safety program started in 2005, when hospitals agreed to set competition aside and work together to improve the quality of health care for all patients. Since then, WSHA’s Patient Safety Program has made Washington state a national leader in improving health care delivery.
Because of WSHA’s record of success, it was awarded a contract with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as part of CMS’s Partnership for Patients. As a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), WSHA and the Washington State Medical Association partnered to support hospitals and medical practices in Washington and Oregon in their efforts to reduce patient harm.
$235 million in savings, including
- $112 million saved through reduced hospital readmissions
- 97% reduction in early elective deliveries ($9.6 million saved)
23,000 fewer potentially harmful events
- 89% reduction in ventilator-associated pneumonia
- 60% reduction in pressure ulcers
- 38% reduction in severe sepsis and septic shock mortality resulting in 175 lives saved
- 17% reduction in – or 42 fewer – Clostridium difficile infections
- 13% reduction in catheter-associated blood stream infections
11,700 fewer readmissions
- Adverse OB Events
- Injuries from Falls and Immobility
- Patient and Family Engagement
- Venous Thromboembolism
- Preventable Readmissions
- Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
- Pressure Ulcers
- Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infections
- Surgical Site Infections
- Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections
- Adverse Drug Events
- Network Participants
- Engaging Leadership and Transformaing Culture
To achieve these impressive results WSHA engaged with national experts who brought best medical evidence, innovative practices and on-site assistance. The importance of physician and hospital partnership to the success of Partnership for Patients cannot be understated.
Trainings were provided through WSHA’s nationally recognized Safe Tables Learning Collaboratives. Safe Tables provide a unique forum for large and small hospitals to come together on monthly calls and in-person quarterly trainings and look at data, share best practices and address specific safety and quality topics.
WSHA worked in partnership with many other organizations in these efforts, including Washington State Medical Association, Washington State Department of Health, Washington State Health Care Authority and Qualis Health.
|40% reduction||45 days after the end of each month||QBS|
|40% reduction||Submitted quarterly||QBS|
45 days after the end of each month
|40% reduction||45 days after the end of each month||NHSN|
|40% reduction||45 days after the end of each month||QBS/CALNOC|
|40% reduction||Submit per state mandate, "Serious Reportable Events"||DOH|
|Preventable readmissions||20% reduction||WSHA abstracts from CHARS||Qualis|
|Surgical site infections||40% reduction||45 days after the end of each month||NHSN|
|Venous thromboembolism||40% reduction||WSHA abstracts from CHARS||CHARS|
|Ventilator-associated pneumonia||40% reduction||
45 days after the end of each month
NHSN or QBS
|Patient and family engagement*||Meet all 5 criteria||
survey sent quarterly
|Engaging leadership &transforming culture*||Meet all 4 criteria||
Survey sent quarterly
*Not part of 10 Hospital Acquired Conditions Measures
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Congratulations to the winners of our 2014 ACHIEVING BEST CARE award!
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WSHA hospitals share successful strategies for reducing harm. Click here for booklet and measure-specific stories.
The Safe Deliveries Road Map Safe Table Learning Collaborative:
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Tools for Cultural Transformation and Leadership Engagement - New Leadership Rounding Video now available!