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HRET issues 2013 annual report

March 21, 2014

The AHA-affiliated Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) has released “Making an Impact in 2013,” a report and infographic (see below) showing the impact of the organization’s work over the past year.

The report describes how HRET during the past year drove performance improvement through education and sharing information.

Advancing quality and safety. HRET leads the largest of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN), which assist hospitals nationwide in the adoption of best practices with the goal of reducing inpatient harm by 40% and readmissions by 20%. The HRET HEN represents 31 state hospital associations and nearly 1,600 hospitals.

The report also highlights HRET’s leadership in 2013 of several national projects dedicated
to reducing deadly infections, and its work in partnership with other groups to eliminate disparities in care. On the CUSP. HRET led On the CUSP: Stop BSI in partnership with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s Keystone Center for Patient Safety and Quality; and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Participating hospital units reduced central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) rates by 40%, saved more than 500 lives and avoided about $34 million in health care costs. HRET also works with AHRQ to coordinate On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI, which seeks to reduce catheterassociated urinary tract infections by 25% over 18 months. Disparities in care. In addition to producing its Disparities Toolkit, HRET supports Equity of Care, a joint effort of the AHA, Association of American Medical Colleges, American College of Healthcare Executives, Catholic Health Association of the United States and America’s Essential Hospitals. Resources include best practices, case studies and national collaborative efforts. Fellowships. HRET also prepares health care leaders for the challenges ahead through two fellowship programs: the AHA-National Patient Safety Foundation Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship (see page 1) and the AHA Health Care Transformation Fellowship.For more on Making an Impact 2013, click on: http://tinyurl.com/lj36wud.