Arizona Partnership for Implementing Patient Safety (APIPS) has recently teamed up with one of its member organizations, Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG), on a new project. HSAG is Arizona’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization and it has recently begun to convene Learning and Action Networks (LANs) in an effort to gather expertise to foster, study, adapt, and rapidly spread large-scale improvements in patient care. The LANs will target:
- reducing healthcare-associated infections,
- reducing healthcare-acquired conditions (such as lessening the rates of pressure ulcers and the use of physical restraints in nursing homes),
- reducing adverse drug events,
- improving transitions of care between facilities or agencies or patients’ homes,
- promoting the use of electronic health records, and
- improving cardiac health.
APIPS will actively participate in the “Transitions of Care LAN” and work with communities to measurably improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries who transition among care settings. The LAN will promote collaboration, facilitate knowledge transfer, and engage in cross-setting improvement interventions targeted at the drivers of high admissions, readmissions, and costs. Participants will be encouraged to select and implement strategies based on the challenges and strengths assessed within their organization and their community.
For more information on HSAG and LANs, please read this fact sheet.
For questions or to get invloved contact:
Barbara Warren, BSHA
HSAG Director, Health Communications