New Resources Available about the Impact of the Patient Safety Indicators on the Quality of Care and an Upcoming Symposium
The AHRQ Quality Indicators (QIs) program is pleased to share two new case studies about the implementation and impact of the Patient Safety Indicators (PSIs) by two health systems as part of a larger effort to improve the quality and safety of the care they provide.
- AHRQ Quality IndicatorsTM Case Study: Essentia Health: Essentia Health-Fargo reduced PSI 15 (Accidental Puncture or Laceration Rate) from a rate of 1.2 events per 1000 eligible procedures in 2013 to 0.07 in the first half of 2015 (a 94 percent decrease). Essentia Health has also improved the quality of care for treatment of pressure ulcers (PSI 03) and achieved a decline in perioperative hemorrhage or hematoma incidences (PSI 09).
- AHRQ Quality IndicatorsTM Case Study: Yale New Haven Health System: Between 2012 and 2014, while most hospitals experienced rising costs, the expense to YNHHS per equivalent discharge was reduced by 4.6 percent, decreasing from $16,390 to $15,635.
Representatives from the two health systems also shared their experiences using the PSIs in an AHRQ-hosted webinar on December 9, 2015, Panel Discussion: Lessons Learned in Using the AHRQ QIs to Improve the Quality and Safety of Care. Materials from the webinar, including a video recording and transcript, can be found on the AHRQ QI website at:http://www.qualityindicators.
And coming soon: additional case study featuring Cleveland Clinic use of the PSIs to improve patient care and monitor patient safety in real-time while patients are still hospitalized.
About the AHRQ Quality Indicators The AHRQ QIs include four sets of measures—Patient Safety Indicators, Inpatient Quality Indicators, Prevention Quality Indicators, and Pediatric Quality Indicators—which address quality of care for patients hospitalized for a broad range of procedures or conditions that are high risk, problem prone, and/or high volume. The AHRQ QIs represent a national standard and are publicly available at no cost to the user. Many of the indicators are endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF), which is considered the gold standard for health care measurement in the United States. They can be used to support quality improvement efforts, public reporting, and accountability programs, and ultimately to help provide safe, effective care to patients. Many of the AHRQ QIs are used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other payers for quality monitoring, pay-for-performance, and value-based purchasing initiatives. Hospitals and health systems can use AHRQ QIs as part of an overall performance initiative to improve the quality of care. For more information about the AHRQ QIs visit http://www.qualityindicators.
The AHRQ QI Team