The NYS Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP), a joint initiative of GNYHA and the Healthcare Association of New York State, ranked second among 16 national contractors in a recent evaluation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contract. The evaluation, conducted by a third-party contractor, relies on a standard scoring methodology comprised of hospital engagement, improvement, and achievement on a common set of hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) and readmissions. The HIIN program, which began in 2016 as an extension of the national Partnership for Patients program, aims to reduce HACs by 20% and readmissions by 12% from a 2014 baseline.

NYSPFP has actively engaged 175 community hospitals, rural hospitals, and academic medical centers in its improvement efforts and has exceeded CMS’s 20% improvement goal in seven out of 11 HACs. Most notably, hospitals demonstrated decreases of 46% in catheter-associated urinary tract infections, 40% in central line-associated bloodstream infections, 41% in C. difficile infections, and 33% in surgical-site infections. NYSPFP also scored highest in the evaluation’s measure of achievement based on hospitals having rates below the national HIIN benchmarks in falls with injury, hospital-acquired pressure injuries, ventilator-associated events, and HACs.

GNYHA congratulates these hospitals for their significant statewide efforts to reduce harm and improve care. GNYHA’s Quality and Patient Safety division project managers are available to support hospitals’ quality improvement efforts through NYSPFP and the GNYHA Clinical Tracer Program.