From startup incubators to preventive patient safety measures, health care providers throughout Massachusetts are finding unique and innovative ways to redesign care. Recently, the Massachusetts Hospital Association presented their inaugural Accountable Care Compass Awards to recognize some of the excellent efforts by the Commonwealth’s providers to deliver high-quality, safe, efficient care.
The six winning programs took a range of new approaches to improving care. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod was recognized for its “Chasing Zero Harms” program to improve patient safety by preventing falls, pressure ulcers, medication errors, hospital-acquired infections and acute transfers/readmissions among hospital patients.
At Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a Care Redesign Incubator and Startup Program (BCRISP) funded projects proposed by clinical teams to improve care and lower costs. Another winning program from BWH focused on failures and disparities in care for lung cancer patients.
A winning entry from Mercy Medical Center in Springfield improves patient-centered care by connecting patients with multidisciplinary teams of caregivers. Boston Medical Center’s I-COUGH program reduces complications following pulmonary surgery, and Atrius Health’s skilled nursing facility network was recognized as a winner for improvements across the care continuum.
In addition to BWH and Spaulding's winning programs, three other Partners programs were finalists – an emergency department intervention and a chronic critical illness initiative at BWH, and population health management initiatives at Massachusetts General Hospital and in the Partners Population Health Management department.