Carolinas HealthCare System Awarded Funding to Develop Innovative, Quality-Based Healthcare Delivery Programs
“Healthcare organizations nationwide are hard at work pursuing ‘best practice’ solutions for improving the delivery of healthcare, and we hope that the infrastructure Carolinas HealthCare System has developed as part of the basic HEN program can help in the pursuit of this critical goal.”
Roger Ray Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Carolinas HealthCare System
Carolinas HealthCare System has been awarded a $4.6 million, 15-month contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to continue its work as an organization in the national Partnership for Patients’ Hospital Engagement Network (HEN). The System is one of only six healthcare organizations and one of only two healthcare systems along with Ascension Health in the HEN to receive the Leading Edge Advanced Practice Topics (LEAPT) contract modification, aimed at enhancing and improving patient safety and outcomes.
The Partnership for Patients is a national public-private partnership focused on reducing preventable patient harm by 40 percent and 30-day hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2014. Carolinas HealthCare System was one of 26 healthcare organizations and one of only five healthcare systems selected to be a HEN by CMS to accomplish these goals in 10 focus areas. The LEAPT award is additional funding and allows the System to extend its work to additional difficult areas of harm. The award was made on Sept. 26, 2013.
“Our participating hospitals have gone above and beyond reaching the goals set forth by CMS, and we are proud that CMS has recognized our achievements with this contract modification,” said Roger Ray, MD, MBA, FACPE, executive vice president and chief medical officer for the System. “Healthcare organizations nationwide are hard at work pursuing ‘best practice’ solutions for improving the delivery of healthcare, and we hope that the infrastructure Carolinas HealthCare System has developed as part of the basic HEN program can help in the pursuit of this critical goal.”
With the LEAPT funding, Carolinas HealthCare System will enhance its work in five focus areas. Nine of the System’s 41 hospitals will participate in at least one LEAPT advanced harm area:
Developing standardized approaches to severe sepsis and septic shock treatment to identify and consistently apply best practices
Expanding antimicrobial stewardship activities related to Clostridium Difficile Infection (C.Diff) and the creation of an Antimicrobial Support Network
Reducing readmissions through post-acute care community-based collaboration
Analyzing outcomes of several OR procedures to identify the most common complications via the reducing procedural harm project
Performing a cost savings analysis resulting from the elimination of hospital acquired conditions.
Carolinas HealthCare System has a robust, analytics-driven structure to collect, track and monitor hospital quality data and operational systems to support the design, implementation and evaluation of ongoing improvement projects in its hospitals. As a result, the System has created new initiatives and positions in critical areas over the course of the HEN project, including medication safety and infection prevention, and progress toward a single unified enterprise by collaborating, sharing best practices and standardizing processes, tools and data collection.
“Carolinas HealthCare System’s achievements in the national HEN project are undoubtedly the outcome of the innovative, patient-centered work of our participating hospitals and the overall collaboration between HEN organizations,” said Pamela Beckwith, System vice president for quality at Carolinas HealthCare System. “We look forward to further excelling in all of our projects and to continue being recognized as a national leader for improving the way we deliver safe, high quality care to patients.”