On Wednesday, the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) announced that the HRET Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), which includes DCHA HEN Hospitals, provided enhanced care for more than 69,000 patients over the first two years of the contract and reduced health care costs by nearly $202 million according to AHA. The HRET HEN contains 1,500 hospitals, including MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, and Specialty Hospital of Washington — Hadley. The HEN project is part of the Partnership for Patients Campaign which aims to reduce patient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent. More information can be found in the annual report released Wednesday by the network.
“Hospitals have made incredible strides improving patient safety and reducing costs, and the HEN has been a critically important component of that work,” said AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock. Maulik Joshi, President of HRET and Senior Vice President for AHA, said the HEN “can serve as a model for many future quality improvement efforts.”
Yesterday, the HRET HEN published a list of High Performing Hen Hospitals that have achieved at least a 20% reduction in readmissions in one of the following categories: 30 day all cause readmissions, heart failure 30 day all cause readmissions, pneumonia 30 day all cause readmissions, and AMI 30 day all cause readmissions. We are happy to announce that three DCHA HEN hospitals have currently reached a 20% reduction in one of those categories. The District hospitals currently on the list are MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Washington Hospital Center, and Sibley Memorial Hospital. The list will be updated monthly and can be found here. Congratulations to these HEN hospitals and keep up the great work! DCHAdvocate, February 7, 2014