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Collaborative Overview

Collaborative Overview

Collaboratives are topic specific initiatives utilizing defined measures with established goals and objectives. These offerings allow members with similar needs to collaborate around specific improvement opportunities using appropriate PI methodologies. The collaborative structure and process includes a framework for improvement and incorporates evidence-based medicine and leading practices when available. Goal status and ongoing performance of participants is monitored individually and aggregately, and is reported utilizing collaborative dashboards. In 2017, Vizient MidSouth will be offering collaboratives in the areas noted below.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
This collaborative will build on past improvements and continue to focus on evidence-based guidelines and leading practices that impact care for the COPD population across the entire continuum. Because COPD is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality that creates an ever-increasing economic and social burden, the collaborative’s goals will be to provide a framework to help alleviate the burden by improving care and processes that will have a positive impact on your hospital’s readmissions, average length of stay (ALOS) and overall cost.
ED Throughput
This collaborative is designed to support and assist members with their improvements to effectively manage patient safety, quality and overall throughput within the Emergency Department. Vizient MidSouth is working in conjunction with the Vizient ED Throughput Performance Improvement (PI) Collaborative. Members who participate in both will have an enhanced experience through regional and national collaboration.
Medicare Spend per Beneficiary (MSPB)
In conjunction with Vizient Inc., Vizient MidSouth is continuing the Medicare Spend per Beneficiary (MSPB) Collaborative to help member organizations proactively meet the challenge of managing and identifying opportunities. MSPB is the newest addition to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services' (CMS) Value-Based Purchasing program and is a step towards episode-based payment. MSPB serves as a driver for providers to avoid penalties related to "spend" that includes resource consumption for inpatient care and extends the episode to include 3 days prior and 30 days post discharge.
This collaborative is designed to support and assist members with their improvements to effectively prevent, identify, treat and manage sepsis and septic shock. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage at a national level through the Vizient Sepsis Performance Improvement Collaborative. These activities will allow members to learn from subject matter experts, leading practices and also exchange knowledge, ideas and innovations for improvement.
Total Joint & Spine
This collaborative will continue to focus on high value, patient-centered programs. More specifically, it will focus on improvement across the care continuum, including pre-operative physician office visits, pre-op education/preparation, pre- and intra-operative care, hospital inpatient/outpatient care and discharge follow-up. Participants will receive education, leading practices, comparative data and advisory services to assist with building and improving their organization’s total joint and spine programs including readmissions, cost per case and length of stay (LOS).
Vizient Hospital Improvement Innovation Network
In October 2016, Vizient Inc. was selected as one of 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contracts awarded build upon the collective momentum of the Hospital Engagement Networks and Quality Improvement Organizations to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

Vizient is one of only two health care organizations in the nation to be awarded both a HIIN and Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) contract. Both of the initiatives, in partnership with CMS, are aimed at helping clinicians and hospitals provide patient-centered quality health care services.

Through 2019, these Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks will work to achieve a 20 percent decrease in overall patient harm and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions from the 2014 baseline. Specific areas of harm that the HIIN seeks to reduce are:

  • Adverse drug events (ADE)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical site infections (SSI)
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Ventilator-associated events (VAE)
  • Sever sepsis and septic shock
  • Clostridium difficile (c.diff)
  • All-cause readmissions

Efforts to engage patients and address health equity for Medicare beneficiaries will be central to the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks efforts. CMS will monitor and evaluate the activities of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks to ensure that they are generating results and improving patient safety.

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