NJHA and its members are committed to the ongoing quest to improve the quality and safety of healthcare services delivered to the people of the Garden State. NJHA’s nonprofit affiliate, the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey, is committed to education, research and data collection to help the state’s healthcare providers deliver high quality, efficient healthcare services.
The NJHA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety
The NJHA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety, formed in 2002, is a statewide leader in uniting healthcare providers and engaging nationally renowned experts in collaborative efforts to improve healthcare quality. Over the years, these quality collaboratives have yielded measurable results that have saved lives and reduced healthcare costs. Those results include:
- An 81 percent decline in bloodstream infections, which translates into roughly $1 million in reduced healthcare costs over two years.
- A 55 percent decline in ventilator-associated pneumonia.
- A 70 percent decline in the incidence of pressure ulcers.
- An 11 percent decline in mortality rates through the development of rapid response teams.
Patient Safety Organization
In 2010, NJHA’s Institute was designated a “patient safety organization” by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. As a federally designated PSO, NJHA’s Institute plays a leading role in quality improvement activities among New Jersey hospitals and other healthcare providers, including data collection and analysis.
Hospital Engagement Network Contractor
And in 2011, HRET was awarded a $7 million contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to bring the Partnership for Patients initiative to New Jersey hospitals. PfP is a national initiative from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to improve the quality, safety and affordability of healthcare in the United States. After a nationwide call to healthcare improvement organizations, NJHA’s proposal was among a select group to win CMS’ approval.