MHA Today | September 22, 2016

September 22, 2016
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In This Issue
HHS Partners With Drug Companies To Develop New Antibiotics
HEN 2.0 Project Results Reveal Impressive Improvements
MHA Recruits For Antibiotic Stewardship Program Immersion Project
Registration Opens For MHA’s Immersion Pilot Project Showcase
HIDI Hosts Monthly Focus Session Highlighting PPS Reports

Quality and Population Health


HHS Partners With Drug Companies To Develop New Antibiotics

Staff Contacts: Alison Williams or Jackie Gatz

Today, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response announced partnerships with two companies to develop new antibiotics and diagnostic tests in response to the increasing number of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections. Under the agreements, The Medicines Company will receive at least $32 million throughout four years to continue developing new antibiotics, while Hoffmann-LaRoche will receive at least $35 million throughout two years to develop diagnostic tests to detect specific infections and new antibiotics. ASPR’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority will share the cost of developing the products and have joint oversight with the companies.

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HEN 2.0 Project Results Reveal Impressive Improvements

Staff Contact: Jessica Rowden

MHA received the final milestone report for the Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 project, and Missouri hospitals met the project goal of a 40 percent reduction in harm in 9 out of 11 topics. Also, 74 percent of participating hospitals met the 70 percent data submission threshold. Total harms prevented during the HEN 2.0 project evaluation period of October 2015 through May 2016 totaled 622, bringing the cost savings to $4,426,467. MHA recognizes the hard work, dedication and engagement of the participating hospitals to improve care in Missouri hospitals.

MHA will build on these successes in the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network project and set the stage for continuing and sustaining improvements. Report evaluation continues, and stipend checks and reports will be distributed within the next 10 business days.

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MHA Recruits For Antibiotic Stewardship Program Immersion Project

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

MHA is recruiting Missouri hospitals to join the Antibiotic Stewardship Program Immersion Project, which begins in November. Antibiotic stewardship programs are expected to improve management and prescription of antibiotics, decrease bacterial resistance, and decrease overall pharmaceutical costs. Federal, state and accrediting bodies continue to release requirements for hospitals to implement antibiotic stewardship programs, and MHA is supporting members with the project. More information can be found online. Submit an intent to participate form no later than Monday, Oct. 31.

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Registration Opens For MHA’s Immersion Pilot Project Showcase

Staff Contact: Alison Williams

Join MHA and immersion pilot project participants during a showcase event held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Tan-Tar-A Resort. For the past year, more than 50 hospitals statewide have worked with MHA staff on five immersion pilot projects working to execute evidence-based practices. The projects use a time-limited, rapid process improvement strategy to quickly implement and sustain best practices through hospital-based multidisciplinary teams. Focus areas included readmissions/care transitions, obstetrical harm and improved preeclampsia management, sepsis, falls reduction, and catheter-associated urinary tract infection reduction. The keynote speaker, Chris Trimble, will discuss strategies to truly execute innovations with operational teams. Register online.

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HIDI Tech Connect


HIDI Hosts Monthly Focus Session Highlighting PPS Reports

Staff Contact: Steve Warchol

Join Hospital Industry Data Institute staff in an upcoming webinar as they discuss PPS reports that are available on HIDI Analytic Advantage.® The reports provide hospitals with a projected Medicare reimbursement for the upcoming year based on current volumes and projected changes to the payment structure. Andrew Wheeler, MHA’s Vice President of Federal Finance, will provide further insight on the reports as they pertain to hospital operations and finances. This webinar is part of HIDI’s monthly focus sessions and free to any hospital team member. The webinar will be presented at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26. Click here to register.

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Consider This ...

About 70 percent of U.S. adults, ages 65 or older, have high blood pressure.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention