According to a newly released report, quality improvement efforts resulting from the Missouri Hospital Engagement Network between 2012 and 2014 led to better, safer care and an estimated $91.7 million in health care cost savings. The HEN was a three-year, collaborative quality improvement project designed to increase access to the best practices in improving care delivery. The HEN project officially ended in December 2014, although quality improvement activities on the HEN topics and additional focus measures continue.
The goal of the 93 hospitals completing the program was a 40 percent harm reduction within 11 defined topics of care and a 20 percent reduction in hospital all-cause readmissions. Participating hospitals achieved 40 percent or greater reduction of harm in six measures related to the 11 topics, with 100 percent of participating hospitals reporting no central line-associated bloodstream infection patient days by the end of the HEN. Reporting hospitals achieved a 7 percent reduction in all-cause readmissions.