Telligen Commended for Successful Efforts to Reduce Harm and Spending in America’s Hospitals

December 09, 2015

As the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for Colorado, Illinois and Iowa, Telligen congratulates its healthcare collaborative members for their work to improve the quality and safety of care provided to all patients and residents in hospitals, nursing homes, home health, physician practices and their communities. This congratulations comes on the heels of the honor given by the Department of Health and Human Services to QIN-QIOs for their work to reduce healthcare-acquired conditions in hospitals across the nation.

It was an encouraging week for all American healthcare consumers, as HHS released a report demonstrating nearly $20 billion in healthcare cost savings due to a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions. The HHS report, released on Dec. 1, estimates that 87,000 fewer patients died in hospitals between 2010 and 2014, and that hospitals saw 2.1 million fewer incidents of harm resulting from a significant decrease in adverse drug events, pressure ulcers and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

Telligen QIN-QIO executive director Pat Merryweather stated, “We are proud of the role the QIN-QIOs play in convening and working in partnership with healthcare providers and community and faith based organizations to improve the quality and safety of all patients, residents and consumers throughout the United States.”

In the report, Patrick Conway, M.D., CMS deputy administrator for innovation and quality and chief medical officer, said, “These results demonstrate that it’s possible to improve national patient safety performance resulting in millions of people avoiding infections and adverse events.”

Also last week, over 2,000 healthcare quality improvement specialists met at the CMS Quality Conference to hear industry leaders talk about the results that are occurring due in part to the ongoing efforts of QIN-QIOs as they work directly with hospital staff to improve care. At the conference, CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt said, “This is both a collective success and a collective work in progress. We are just at the beginning of change.”

Slavitt called for a dedication to better care, with a smarter payment system that keeps people healthier by focusing on three areas: meeting the needs of the new mobile patient, increasing health equity and supporting quality by becoming an information partner.

CMS leadership continues to spearhead quality improvement efforts in partnership with the QIN-QIOs, not only in hospitals, but also in nursing homes, home health agencies and physician office practices. Telligen applauds these organizations, as well as our nation’s healthcare staff, for the continuing efforts to improve care to all Americans.

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