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NAPH Safety Network Leaders Meet to Find Innovative Quality Solutions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2012

WASHINGTON—National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (NAPH) member CEOs and clinical leaders will meet this month and next at regional collaboratives and leadership summits nationally to find solutions to quality disparities in the U.S. health care system.

Teams from 30 NAPH hospitals in the NAPH Safety Network (NSN)—a hospital engagement network (HEN) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients (PfP)—will collaborate at meetings in Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles.

The PfP is a national effort to improve the quality, safety, and affordability of health care by reducing nine hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and preventable readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. The NSN, established under the NAPH research affiliate, the National Public Health and Hospital Institute, is one of 26 HENs nationally.

“Safety net providers are critical partners in meeting the challenges of hospital-acquired infections and avoidable readmissions,” said PfP Co-Director Paul McGann. “We look forward to the insights, commitments, actions and results that come out of these NAPH Safety Network collaboratives and summits.”

NAPH members serve diverse and vulnerable populations. A majority of discharges by members in 2010 were racial and ethnic minorities and more than half of all discharges and outpatient visits were for uninsured or Medicaid patients. NAPH members in 2010 delivered 20 percent of all uncompensated care by U.S. hospitals, even though they represented only 2 percent of acute care hospitals.

“Ensuring that our nation’s most vulnerable patient populations receive high-quality, efficient care is of utmost importance,” said NAPH President and CEO Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH. “With these meetings, we begin in earnest the core work of the NSN to share innovative ideas that will advance a top priority of health care reform.”

The collaborative meetings mark an important milestone in NSN work, said Jill Steinbruegge, MD, PhD, senior vice president for leadership and innovation at NAPH. “Following our in-depth quality improvement education sessions, NSN hospital leaders will return to their organizations with a fresh perspective and new ideas about how to improve care for safety net patients,” she said.

The NSN will continue to engage participating hospitals through onsite coaching sessions with clinical experts, regular distance learning opportunities, and condition-specific guidance. For information about the collaborative meetings and the NSN, visit http://tc.nphhi.org/Collaborate.

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About the NAPH and NPHHI
Since 1981, NAPH has represented safety net hospitals and health systems that provide high volumes of care to all patients, regardless of ability to pay. It advocates on issues such as Medicaid, Medicare and care access for vulnerable populations, and helps members develop innovative, high-quality, cost-effective care. The private, non-profit NPHHI – an NAPH research affiliate established in 1988 – addresses major issues facing public hospitals, safety net organizations and underserved communities. Its members are NAPH organizations and its board comprises public and non-profit health policy and service delivery leaders.

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Carl Graziano
(202) 585-0102

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