The NYS Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP), a joint initiative of GNYHA and the Healthcare Association of New York State in collaboration with IPRO (New York State’s Quality Improvement Organization), received the highest score on the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) contract, which began in October 2016. Of the 16 national HIIN contractors, NYSPFP hospitals again scored highest on numerous performance measures by CMS’s program evaluation contractor, who assigned points based on hospital engagement in HIIN, reductions in hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) against a 2014–15 baseline, and achieving low rates for certain HACs.

GNYHA acknowledges the significant efforts of hospitals statewide and congratulates them on the strides made to reduce harm and improve care. The HIIN program aims to reduce HACs nationally by 20% from a 2014–15 baseline. As of December 2017, NYSPFP-participating hospitals exceeded that goal in six of the 12 HACs measured in the evaluation, including an impressive 34.7% reduction in Clostridium difficile infections, 30.3% reduction in surgical site infections, and nearly 25% reductions in both central line and urinary catheter infections.