Quality Matters

Quality Matters offers reports on emerging models and trends in health care quality improvement and interviews with leaders in the field.

  • December 2012/January 2013 Issue
Engaging Hospitals in Rapid-Paced Quality Improvement

Through its Partnership for Patients Initiative, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded $218 million to 26 "hospital engagement networks." These groups are charged with helping U.S. hospitals achieve a 40 percent reduction in hospital-acquired conditions among Medicare beneficiaries and a 20 percent reduction in hospital readmissions in just two years' time. This issue of Quality Matters looks at the training these organizations are providing and the early results.

Q&A: The Big Tent Approach to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety

While some Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) concentrate on specific geographic regions or particular types of hospitals, Intermountain Healthcare's HEN includes 107 hospitals from across the U.S., ranging from small, rural hospitals to major tertiary care facilities and academic medical centers. Quality Matters asked Lucy Savitz, Ph.D., M.B.A, director of research and education at the Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Health Care Delivery Research and project director for the Intermountain-led HEN, how integrated health care systems can help such a diverse group improve patient safety and quality.