Great Lakes Partners for Patients Celebrates First Anniversary of Hospital Improvement Innovation Network Contract

October 20, 2017

The Great Lakes Partners for Patients (GLPP) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network recently marked its one-year anniversary of the (HIIN) contract.

In September 2016, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Michigan Hospital Association Keystone Center and Illinois Health and Hospital Association signed a two year, with optional third year, contract as part of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network.

The partnership has united the quality improvement strengths of three statewide hospital associations and 318 engaged, member hospitals across Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois with a common goal: reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 20 percent in 11 areas of harm as well as achieve a 12 percent reduction in all-cause readmissions.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of GLPP HIIN hospitals, there has already been a 20 percent reduction in eight areas of harm, including: central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) in both intensive care units (ICUs) and hospital-wide, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in the ICU, and surgical site infections (SSI) following hysterectomies. 

In addition, GLPP HIIN hospitals are currently at the halfway mark and have achieved a 10 percent reduction for seven areas of harm in the following categories: adverse drug events (ADE) related to anticoagulants, CAUTI hospital-wide, SSIs following colon surgeries and total knee replacements, and probable ventilator-associated pneumonias (PVAP).  

These improvement efforts have resulted in an estimated cost savings of $17,811,400 as well as a significant reduction in avoided harm.

Kelly Court, WHA chief quality officer, attributes the success to the GLPP HIIN members’ commitment to seeking continuous improvement and participating in numerous educational offerings, such as Quality Essential Skills Training (QuEST) sessions, Improvement Action Networks (IANs), webinars and coaching calls. Attendees have been able to learn how to utilize data to drive improvement, improve and advance high reliability within their organizations, reduce costs, and minimize institutional risk for both patients and providers.

“Over the past year, we have seen fantastic reductions in patient harm,” said Court. “With 318 hospitals participating in the Great Lakes Partners for Patients across Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois, these improvements have a meaningful impact on improving care and saving lives across the Great Lakes region.”

This story originally appeared in the October 20, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter