Partnership for Patients


OAHHS Partnership for Patients LogoOAHHS has teamed up with the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) to implement the national Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative, which aims to reduce patient harm by 40% and readmissions (patients re-admitted to a hospital after being discharged) by 20% by 2013.

Oregon is excited to be one of 33 states and over 2,000 hospitals involved as a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), providing an unprecedented opportunity for quality improvement, collaboration and networking.

Over the next two years, OAHHS and HRET (along with other community partner organizations) will support Oregon hospitals to adopt evidence-based practices that aim to reduce harm in 10 target areas:

  • Adverse drug events (ADE) – Harm caused by an administered drug.
  • Birth-related injuries (OB) – Injury to a baby during childbirth.
  • Catheter-acquired urinary tract infections (CAUTI) – An infection that occurs when germs enter the urinary tract through a catheter.
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) – An infection that occurs at the site of a flexible tube placed into a vein to administer treatment.
  • Falls – Falls that occur in a hospital setting are considered preventable by CMS.
  • Pressure ulcers – Ulcers caused by lack of movement.
  • Avoidable readmissions – Patients re-admitted to the hospital after discharge.
  • Surgical infections and complications (SSI) – Infections that occur after surgery in the part of the body where surgery took place.
  • Venous thromboembolisms (VTE) – A blood clot that occurs inside a blood vessel.
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) – Pneumonia that develops after mechanical ventilation is given.

What types of improvement activities will be available to hospitals through the OAHHS/HRET Hospital Engagement Network (HEN)?

OAHHS will work with each participating hospital to identify improvement activities that are most relevant to the hospital’s needs. Types of improvement activities and support that will be available include:

  1. Standalone improvement activities such as webinars, educational sessions and open-ended sessions where challenges can be discussed individually with experts;
  2. Topic-specific fellowship programs to develop individual and team-wide quality improvement;
  3. Collaboratives that utilize proven quality improvement measures, improvement advisors and learning sessions; and
  4. Ongoing learning networks with site visits and peer-to-peer information sharing and assistance.

OAHHS-HRET Hospital Engagement Network Participating Hospitals:

Hospitals Participating in Other HENs

The OAHHS Hospital Engagement Network is one of four HENs that include Oregon hospitals. Below is a list of other HENs at work in our state:

Intermountain Healthcare Network:

Premier Network:

Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) Network:

More About the CMS Partnership for Patients Effort

The Partnership for Patients is a public-private partnership that will offer support to physicians, nurses and other clinicians working in and out of hospitals to make patient care safer and to support effective transitions of patients from hospitals to other settings. The Partnership is an important part of the Center’s work to improve the quality of care available to CMS beneficiaries. Click here to learn more.

If you have any questions about the OAHHS Partnership for Patients work, please contact Diane Waldo at diane.waldo@oahhs.org (503-479-6016), Jodie Elsberg at jelsberg@oahhs.org (503-479-6028) or Lyndsey Shaver at lyndsey.shaver@oahhs.org (503-479-6022).

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