December 18, 2014

Contact: John Clayton
Vice President for Communications
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NH Hospitals averted more than $40 million in healthcare spending through three-year Partnership for Patients initiative

CONCORD - New Hampshire hospitals and health systems have prevented nearly 5,000 patients from being harmed and saved more than $40 million in healthcare spending as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2011 through June of this year.

These numbers result from a reduction of 4,300 in the number of patients readmitted to the hospital following an acute illness, and also from preventing an additional 700 patients from experiencing harm during hospital care involving nine clinical areas common to most hospitals.

The efforts were part of the federal Partnership for Patients initiative – coordinated for hospitals in New Hampshire by the Concord-based Foundation for Healthy Communities - over the past three years.

The Partnership for Patients is a public-private partnership designed to help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans.

Nationwide, more than 3,000 participating hospitals prevented 1.3 million patient harms and readmissions and saved more than $12 billion in health spending, according to a report issued recently by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In New Hampshire, the greatest improvements were in the number of hospital readmissions prevented; reduction in elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks gestation; fewer patients experiencing a pressure ulcer; fewer injuries from patient falls; fewer adverse drug events; fewer infections following surgery; fewer incidences of urinary tract infections and fewer incidents of blood clots.

“Greater coordination of care among the State’s hospitals, physician practices, long-term care facilities and home care agencies has begun to make a measureable difference for patients,” said New Hampshire Hospital Association President Steve Ahnen. “Patient safety and quality of care have always been paramount to our hospitals, but through this collective effort, we have further enhanced our ability to improve care and to reduce all causes of harm.”

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Hospitals have been collaborating through the New Hampshire Hospital Association since 1934. The association's mission is to provide leadership through advocacy, education and information in support of its member hospitals and health care delivery systems in delivering high quality health care to the patients and communities they serve.

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