Partnership for Patients initiative aims to reduce preventable conditions,
Parrish Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has agreed to participate
in the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) led by VHA Inc., the national
As part of its Partnership for Patients initiative, the Center for Medicare
and Medicaid (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
(CMMI) named 26 Hospital Engagement Networks to comprise a nationwide
public-private collaboration focused on reducing preventable harm by 40
percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent in the next three years.
CMS/CMMI will fund the Hospital Engagement Networks with $218 million
available under the Affordable Care Act.
“We want to do everything possible to ensure that all our patients
continue to receive the very best hospital care and the very best outcomes
possible,” said Edwin Loftin, vice president of nursing at Parrish
Medical Center. “Our participation in this Hospital Engagement Network
is one way we can be confident that we will improve patient safety, achieve
those objectives and provide the highest quality care.”
By participating in VHA’s Hospital Engagement Network, Parrish Medical
Center joins hundreds of other hospitals around the country that will
leverage VHA’s industry-leading clinical quality improvement tools,
including the Leading Practice Portal™, Leading Practice Blueprints™,
proprietary Rapid Adoption Networks™ and demonstrated expertise
in creating and supporting peer-to-peer learning networks.
Hospitals today need to improve quality and patient safety or face the
risk of incurring financial penalties imposed by the Center for Medicare
and Medicaid (CMS). Achieving the objectives of the Partnership for Patients
would save more than 60,000 lives annually, decrease hospital injuries
by 1.8 million and allow more than 1.6 million patients to recover from
illness without suffering from preventable complications requiring re-hospitalization.
Loftin said Parrish Medical Center began working with VHA this month (January)
to develop the timetable and other requirements of the work needed to
address the patient safety domains on which they will focus. Next, VHA
will utilize its Rapid Adoption Networks™ (RAN), the company’s
proprietary framework to help address the most pressing needs—in
this case, reducing hospital-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions—and
provide Parrish Medical Center the skills to rapidly realize practice
changes within their organization.
This step-by-step methodology focuses on identifying and understanding
specific obstacles to achieving improvements, as well as how to surmount them.
“For nearly 35 years, VHA has successfully designed, developed and
implemented many clinical improvement collaboratives,” said Colleen
Risk, VHA’s executive vice president, member networks. “Our
participation in the Partnership for Patients initiative allows the company
to put this expertise to critical use as it works, industry-wide, to achieve
the Partnership’s ambitious safety objectives.”
Said Loftin, “We look forward to participating with VHA in this
historic initiative and appreciate the leadership and support from CMS
and CMMI to help hospitals nationwide continually improve the care we
give our patients.”
VHA Inc. is network of not-for-profit hospitals that work together to
improve their clinical and economic performance. VHA includes more than
1,400 not-for-profit hospitals and 25,500+ non-acute health care organizations.
Based in Irving, Texas, VHA delivers supply chain management services
to reduce the cost of health care and creates regional and national networks
to help members solve key clinical and operational challenges. For more visit