Regional patient safety collaborative, funded in part by IBC, reports progress
New initiatives announced, including year-long project to address CT scan radiation dose safety
Philadelphia, PA - March 31, 2011 - At its Annual Leadership Summit on March 16, The Partnership for Patient Care reported on the solid progress that has been made to improve the quality and safety of care for patients at the more than 70 southeastern Pennsylvania hospitals in the Partnership.
Funded in part by Independence Blue Cross, the Partnership also announced a new year-long initiative to address the radiation dose safety of CT imaging to evaluate variances in dosages and appropriateness of scans, and identify safe practices for scans to prevent patient harm. The Partnership also unveiled its plan to expand the organization's mission from hospitals and health facilities to now include engagement with individual physicians and other health care professionals.
Created in 2006, and led by the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF), an independent, non-profit organization, the Partnership for Patient Care has successfully completed a number of projects, including those that help prevent patient falls, surgical site and central line infections, harmful drug interactions and dosing errors, and life threatening blood clots that can develop when a patient is hospitalized. For additional details on the Partnership's work, visit Patient Safety Collaborative Contributes to Fewer Hospital Infections, Better Health Outcomes.
"Patients in our region are fortunate that we have one of the largest, best-run, independent patient safety programs in the nation," said Dr. Richard Snyder, chief medical officer and senior vice president for Clinical Services at Independence Blue Cross. "Each project is expertly managed from start to finish, and what is learned is shared with hospitals all across southeastern Pennsylvania. The difference the Partnership has made can be seen through something as simple as more diligent attention to hand washing, to better systems for identifying patients at higher risk for infections and falls."
Most recently, the Partnership produced results from a project to reduce preventable hospital readmissions, which account for 15 to 20 percent of the region's hospital admissions.
As reported at the Annual Summit last week, the Partnership also has achieved solid progress on its project to prevent potentially fatal infections (Clostridium Difficile) often spread when frail, elderly patients with complex conditions are moved between nursing homes and hospitals. Launched in November of 2009, this project has shown solid progress toward its goal of reducing these infections by 30 percent.
Independence Blue Cross has contributed $5 million to HCIF, including $750,000 for the Foundation's Regional Medication Safety Program for Hospitals, a multi-year project completed in 2005.
"We are very appreciative of the financial support we've had from IBC, and we're equally grateful for the company's shared commitment to our mission for improved patient safety and active participation in helping us plan our projects and communicating our results," said HCIF president Kate Flynn.
About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in Southeastern Pennsylvania. IBC and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.3 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans.
About the Health Care Improvement Foundation
The Health Care Improvement Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the vision that, through an engaged, collaborative community, the region benefits from a high-performing healthcare delivery system demonstrating enhanced measures of safety, quality, and effectiveness. The foundation leads health care improvement initiatives by engaging multi-stakeholder resources to implement solutions that no market participant could achieve individually.