Baptist Health Floyd Joins INHEN 2.0, Statewide Hospital Engagement Network

As part of a coordinated effort, Baptist Health Floyd has partnered with the Indiana Hospital Association (IHA) and nearly 100 other Indiana hospitals on a statewide patient safety improvement program entitled Indiana Hospital Engagement Network 2.0 (INHEN 2.0).

INHEN 2.0 is part of the second American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network (AHA/HRET HEN), a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services effort consisting of 17 national, regional and state hospital associations and health system organizations chosen to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions or readmissions.

INHEN 2.0 is building off the success of its participation in the first HEN campaign, which took place from 2011- 2014. Similar to the first year’s campaign, this year’s initiative has an ultimate goal of reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent. Baptist Health Floyd is excited to help maintain the momentum of this effort, continuing to improve patient safety efforts in the hospital setting and setting an example for hospitals throughout the country.

“As a result of the first campaign, Baptist Health Floyd confirmed 187 harms were prevented, resulting in an estimated $1.1 million in healthcare cost savings during the three-year period. A total of 88 unnecessary readmissions also were prevented with a cost savings of more than $775,000. These outstanding efforts were a result of the hard work and dedication by Baptist Health Floyd staff who are focused on doing what is in the best interest of the patient every day,” said president and CEO Dan Eichenberger, MD.

INHEN 2.0 launched on Sept. 24, 2015, and will run through Sept. 25, 2016. Over the course of the campaign, IHA will partner with Baptist Health Floyd and other participating hospitals to educate staff members on select patient safety core topics and improve patient safety efforts within hospitals and health systems throughout the state. The core topics being addressed during the INHEN 2.0 initiative include:

  • Adverse drug events
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections
  • Injuries from falls or immobility
  • Obstetrical adverse events (including early elective deliveries)
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Readmissions
  • Surgical site infections
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Ventilator-associated events

INHEN 2.0 will continue to raise the bar in this effort, focusing on at least four additional topic areas, including sepsis, Clostridium difficile, failure to rescue and culture of safety, integrating worker safety. Additionally, INHEN 2.0 has implemented three operational metrics for the success of this effort, which include:

  • Patient and family engagement
  • Leadership engagement and governance
  • Healthcare disparities

Ninety-seven Indiana hospitals have joined the INHEN 2.0 effort to help improve patient safety in hospitals statewide, and representatives from IHA and INHEN 2.0 participating hospitals are optimistic this year’s campaign will see tremendous success.

“The Indiana Hospital Association is honored to be leading a hospital engagement network in Indiana. Working closely with hospitals, doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers, we will support efforts to keep Indiana Hoosiers safe, improve care and reduce costs,” said Doug Leonard, president of IHA. “When it comes to patient safety, Indiana hospitals don’t compete with one another – they collaborate to share best practices, address regional needs and work together on quality improvements for the sake of their patients and the communities they serve.”

From 2011 to 2014, nearly 1,500 hospitals from across 31 states collectively, through the AHA/HRET HEN initiative, prevented and saved a total of $988 million. The IHA-led HEN effort, specifically, translated into 4,690 total harms prevented in the 11 core topic areas, resulting in an estimated $22,340,000 in healthcare costs avoided during the three-year initiative. In addition, 1,254 unnecessary readmissions were prevented for a cost savings of $11 million, among many other success measures.

INHEN 2.0 will continue the momentum toward improving patient safety by working to develop learning collaboratives for hospitals and providing a wide array of initiatives and educational activities to improve patient safety.

IHA representatives will be working with Baptist Health Floyd and other participating hospitals over the next several months to provide educational programs to support hospitals in making patient care safer. They will also provide technical assistance to Baptist Health Floyd and other participating hospitals so that each hospital can achieve quality measurement goals and establish, implement and improve the system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting the INHEN 2.0 quality improvement goals.

All INHEN 2.0 activities as part of the of the national Partnership for Patients effort will be closely monitored by AHA/HRET and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to ensure hospitals are generating results and improving patient safety within their respective institutions. Success stories and lessons learned will also be shared throughout the life of the INHEN 2.0 effort.

For more information about the national AHA/HRET HEN, please visit partnershipforpatients.cms.gov.