Due to the success of New York hospitals in reducing rates of surgical site infections (SSI) as part of the NYS Partnership for Patients (NYSPFP), GNYHA and member hospital staff were invited to present on a national Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) webinar on November 28. The webinar highlighted high-performing Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) that collaborate with hospitals to reduce SSI and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), and to implement effective antibiotic stewardship programs. The webinar featured staff from the NYSPFP HIIN, a joint initiative of GNYHA and the Healthcare Association of New York State, to highlight NYSPFP’s Advanced Colon SSI Bundle. NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan staff shared how they successfully implemented the NYSPFP Advanced Colon Bundle to achieve an 85% reduction in colon SSI rates. Hospitals across New York State have used the Advanced Colon Bundle to reduce their SSI rates by 27.42% from the 2015 baseline, one of the largest SSI reductions in the national Partnership. For a recording of the webinar, please visit CMS VBP events page.

In addition to NYSPFP, GNYHA offers its Clinical Tracer Program for SSI, CAUTI, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and venous thromboembolism. The tracer entails an on-site visit by GNYHA staff who observe critical phases in care to identify potential opportunities for improvement and ways to enhance existing practices to build on a hospital’s existing strengths to reduce these conditions.

For more information on NYSPFP, please contact Durward Rackleff. For more information on SSI or the Clinical Tracer Program, please contact Wing Lee.