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HAP Presents to House Health Committee About Hospital Quality and Population Health Initiatives

March 06, 2017

Today, The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) Vice President of Population Health Strategies, Rob Shipp, and Director for Quality Initiatives, Lisa Lesko, spoke to the Pennsylvania House Health Committee about population health, health care quality, and patient safety initiatives. 

During the informational meeting, HAP presented about quality initiatives through the National Partnership for Patients Initiative─Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) and discussed population health tools to enhance care coordination. Hospitals participate in HAP’s HIIN and HAP regional population health initiatives to improve the quality of health care for patients, as well as the communities they serve.

Members of the committee were introduced to HAP’s Quality Department and heard about hospitals’ efforts to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions through the HIIN.

Ms. Lesko discussed the tools and technical support that are available to hospitals through HAP, including experts in patient safety. She also highlighted HAP’s Patient and Family Engagement Advisory Council (PFAC), established in 2013. HAP was the first state hospital association in the country to create such a council.

This effort has proven to improve patient outcomes by:

  • Promoting informed decision-making and behaviors that improve health
  • Creating hospital-level PFACs, which include patients and families in quality committees and board of directors
  • Including patients and families in the collaboration of care

The PFAC consists of patients, families, community leaders, and health care professionals.

Mr. Shipp spoke to the hospital community’s population health initiatives. He outlined the “Triple Aim,” which emphasizes:

  • Improving the patient experience of care
  • Improving the health of populations
  • Reducing per capita cost of health care

In addition, he spoke to HAP’s regional collaborative work to bring together health care organizations and health care partners in specific regions, to focus on health improvement initiatives aimed at addressing the most pressing health care problems. 

There are two collaborations already underway, the Collaborative Opportunities to Advance Community Health (COACH) in Philadelphia, which is addressing healthy food access and food insecurity. The other is located in South Central Pennsylvania where they are focusing on opioid/substance abuse messaging and obesity. The Northeast region is currently forming its group, and HAP is hoping to convene two additional regional collaboratives this year.

HAP was selected as one of only 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. Participating hospitals and HAP will work to decrease overall patient harm and hospital readmissions.

For more information about HAP’s quality initiatives, contact Lisa Lesko, and for information about population health, contact Rob Shipp.

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