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26 Jan 2015
8 Jan 2015
Strategic Combination Will Strengthen Regional and Statewide Quality Improvement Capabilities.

HARRISBURG, PA and PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 8th, 2015) – The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) and the Pennsylvania Health Care Quality Alliance (PHCQA) announced today that their organizations have merged. HCIF and PHCQA concluded that combining their core strengths will better achieve their companies’ complementary objectives of improving health care quality in Pennsylvania. As part of the agreement, PHCQA will merge into HCIF but continue its statewide transparency initiatives and maintain its public reporting website, www.phcqa.org, which reports health care performance data for Pennsylvania hospitals, patient-centered medical homes, and cancer centers. The merger officially went into effect on January 1, 2015.

“This combination will bring the measurement and analytical capabilities of PHCQA together with the highly experienced quality improvement and program management staff of HCIF,” stated Erik Muther, Executive Director of PHCQA. “While the merger helps to solidify the sustainability of the PHCQA website, HCIF will be able to leverage PHCQA’s data platform, content expertise and web portals for local and statewide quality improvement.”

HCIF is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that focuses on improving the safety, outcomes, and care experiences of all patients, residents and consumers by leading regionally-focused health care initiatives. Originally founded in 1980 as an affiliate of the Delaware Valley Healthcare Council of the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), HCIF has operated as an independent, multi-stakeholder organization since 2003.

PHCQA was established in 2006 by HAP, the Pennsylvania Medical Society, and the state’s four Blue Cross Plans. PHCQA is focused on improving the quality of patient health by endorsing statewide quality measurement standards and promoting the responsible public reporting of unbiased and ‘user-friendly’ health care information. The reported measures provide patients with the necessary information to make educated health care decisions and encourage providers to deliver higher quality of care.

“The merger will enhance HCIF/PHCQA's position as a robust resource for healthcare quality improvement initiatives and reporting across the entire Commonwealth. We are very pleased to have PHCQA joining with HCIF,” said Frank J Trembulak, Executive Vice President Geisinger Health System and the Immediate Past Chair of PHCQA.

“We are very excited to welcome PHCQA, and endorse PHCQA’s longstanding commitment to health care data transparency,” said Kate Flynn, President of HCIF. “The measurement expertise of Erik Muther and the PHCQA staff will be an invaluable resource for our ongoing and future projects.”

HCIF has collaborated with PHCQA on various quality improvement initiatives since 2008. Most recently, PHCQA and HCIF collaborated as partners with the HAP-led Pennsylvania Hospital Engagement Network (PA-HEN). This 3-year federal Partnership for Patients program run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) achieved goals of reducing preventable harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent in participating hospitals across the state. PHCQA and HCIF also recently announced the establishment of a collaborative in central Pennsylvania funded by Capital Blue Cross to spread the benefits of palliative care and raise awareness of the Pennsylvania Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form.

“The consolidation of HCIF and PHCQA represents a unique opportunity to blend and enhance the complementary strengths of two successful Pennsylvania-based quality improvement organizations” said Patrick J. Brennan, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the Chair of HCIF.

HCIF and PHCQA have a history of utilizing a multi-stakeholder approach to identify and implement best practices to improve health care for all Pennsylvanians. This merger will allow the two organizations to combine their expertise in order to achieve their shared goal of initiating innovative and effective improvements in Pennsylvania’s health care delivery system.

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20 Nov 2014
The Health Care Improvement Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award!

Hospitals and health systems across the region submitted 31 competitive entries. Our review panel and selection committee members judged the submissions based on evaluation criteria including evidence of significant and sustained improvement in quality or patient safety; innovation; leadership and organizational commitment to improvement; use of a multidisciplinary approach; and the potential for replication in other healthcare organizations.

The top three winners were recognized at the DVHC Annual Meeting on Friday, November 7, 2014:

• First Place: Main Line Health System “Improving Mortality through Strategies that Drive Change in Culture and Behavior", submitted by Denise M. Murphy

• Second Place: Hospital of University of Pennsylvania " Perfect Storm of Inpatient Communication Needs: An Innovative Solution", submitted by Neha Patel

• Third Place: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital " Do No Harm: Ensuring Medication Safety", submitted by Craig Senholzi

The winning organizations each received a grant from HCIF to help support their quality and safety initiatives. We appreciate the high level of participation in this year’s award program and encourage your continued progress.
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