State-wide quality initiative in Florida leads to drop in patient harms, readmissions

A state-wide quality initiative helped Florida hospitals dramatically improve care and cut costs, according to a report by the Florida Hospital Association. Hospitals that took part in a program known as Partnership for Patients Hospital Engagement Network report a 54 percent decrease in patient harm and a 9.2 percent reduction in hospital readmissions. The report found Florida hospitals readmitted 15,000 fewer patients between 2012 and 2014 and saved $138 million. In addition, the hospitals had 4,650 fewer adverse drug events, 1,000 fewer falls with injury and 61 percent fewer pressure ulcers. Report (.pdf)