|[February 13, 2014]
Anthem Blue Cross-Funded Patient Safety First Initiative Wins Prestigious 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety & Quality Award
WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--
Patient Safety First…a California Partnership for Health (PSF) was
awarded the esteemed John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award
by the National
Quality Forum (NQF) and The
Joint Commission today in Washington, D.C. for the collaborative's
work in reducing early elective deliveries, hospital-acquired
infections, and avoiding 3,576 deaths and more than $63 million in
otherwise unnecessary hospital costs between 2009 and 2012.
"It's a true honor to be recognized with the Eisenberg award, and it
validates all the hard work we and our partners have done in reducing
hospital-acquired infections and early elective deliveries," said Mark
Morgan, president of Anthem Blue Cross. "We have committed to funding
this initiative for another year, and look forward to helping all
Californians who walk through the door of a hospital avoid unnecessary
health issues and costs."
PSF is a statewide collaborative between the Hospital Council of
Northern & Central California, the Hospital Association of Southern
California, the Hospital Association of San Diego & Imperial Counties,
Anthem Blue Cross, National Health Foundation and California hospitals.
The Eisenberg award recognizes major achievements for individuals and
organizations in improving patient safety and health care quality. An
award panel comprised of nationally recognized patient safety and health
care quality experts identified by The Joint Commission and NQF
evaluated award submissions and identified award recipients.
The collaborative's mission is to improve quality and reduce health care
costs across the state. Since the inception of the collaborative in
2010, PSF member hospitals have shown significant improvement in four
important hospital-based avoidable harm initiatives: sepsis mortality,
ventilator associated pneumonia, central line blood stream infections
and perinatal gestational age deliveries under 39 weeks. Dozens of
hospitals consistently reported before and after data, and their results
74 percent reduction in early elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks
57 percent reduction in cases of ventilator associated pneumonia
43 percent reduction in cases of central line blood stream infections
26 percent reduction in sepsis mortality
"The fact that nthem Blue Cross is only the third health plan to win an
Eisenberg award is a testament to the program's importance and
accomplishments," said Dr. Michael Belman, medical director at Anthem
Blue Cross. "The first duty of medical professionals is to do no harm.
Patient Safety First's collaborative learning model to prevent hospital
acquired infections and reduce early elective deliveries helps deliver
on that promise with a large number of hospitals in California."
The deaths and costs avoided were calculated by comparing all population
data from 2012 to baseline data provided by the same hospitals in 2009.
With more than 180 hospitals participants between 2010 and 2013 and
dozens of hospitals consistently reporting before and after data, PSF is
the largest statewide collaborative effort focused on patient safety in
the nation. Not only is Patient Safety First unique in its size and
scale, but it is distinctive in that it brings together a health plan,
hospital associations, a non-profit organization and private and public
hospitals as partners in an effort to improve care, health outcomes and
reduce healthcare costs. The collaborative is open to both hospitals in
and outside of Anthem's network, and because the improvements are made
at the hospital level, benefits are not exclusive to Anthem members.
To facilitate improvement within hospitals, Patient Safety First adopted
components of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Breakthrough
Series Collaborative Model for Achieving Breakthrough Improvement
developed in 1995. This model is a validated learning system that brings
together a large number of teams from hospitals or clinics to seek
improvement in a focused topic area. Peer-to-peer learning occurs
through multidisciplinary hospital teams, peer-to-peer networking and
expert speakers. Hospital teams use the knowledge gained through Patient
Safety First programs to implement best practices in their hospitals.
For a copy of the report, please visit http://www.nhfca.org/psf/docs/760.NHF_EndOfYearReport_FINAL.pdf.
safety awards program, launched in 2002 by NQF and The Joint
Commission, honors John M. Eisenberg, M.D., M.B.A., former administrator
of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Eisenberg
was also a member of the founding Board of Directors of NQF. In his
roles both as AHRQ administrator and chair of the federal government's
Quality Interagency Coordination Task Force, he was a passionate
advocate for patient safety and health care quality and personally led
AHRQ's grant program to support patient safety research. Other
recipients of the Eisenberg Award are former Administrator of the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Donald Berwick (2006) and the
Leapfrog Group (2003).
This is the second time that an Anthem health plan has won an Eisenberg
award for patient safety. In 2008, Anthem's affiliated health plan in
Virginia was recognized for its development and implementation of
performance-based reimbursement programs for Virginia hospitals,
cardiologists and cardiac surgeons. These programs are known as the
Quality-In-Sights®: Hospital Incentive Program (Q-HIP®) and Quality
Physician Performance Program (Q-P3SM). Q-HIP and Q-P3 reward
hospitals and physicians for practicing evidence-based medicine and
implementing other nationally recognized best practices. By aligning
hospital and physician goals, these unique programs foster collaborative
efforts to improve care across the health care system. By using the
metrics based on all-payer, non-administrative data, Q-HIP and Q-P3
endeavor to bring high quality care to all patients and communities.
About Anthem Blue Cross:
Anthem Blue Cross is the trade name of Blue Cross of California. Anthem
Blue Cross and Anthem Blue Cross Life and Health Insurance Company are
independent licensees of the Blue Cross Association. ® ANTHEM is a
registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross
names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross Association.
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