Practical Approach to Achieving Safety Across the Continuum

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Overview / Abstract:

The American Hospital Association's (AHA) Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) recently announced the positive results of the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN 2.0) project. Just days after, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced HRET as one of 16 recipients of the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network contract.

Hospital Patient Safety Efforts Over Past Year Have Improved Care for More Than 34,000 Patients and Saved Nearly $300 Million
Hospitals continue to make great progress in their journey to improve patient care, according to new results released by the American Hospital Association (AHA)/Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET). Over the past year, the project, part of a national performance improvement project sponsored by CMS, helped hospitals reduce early elective deliveries, blood clots and infections, preventing more than 34,000 incidents with an associated cost savings of nearly $300 million.

Explore the valuable tools, HRET reductions in harm results, and the importance of senior leadership in advancing patient safety.

At the conclusion of the activity, attendees will be able to:
• Discuss the important role senior leadership must play in order to successfully reduce harm and improve organizational safety across the board
• Explain the harm calculator and how it can be used to demonstrate harm reduction in an organization
• Describe how the harm calculator was one of many factors that contributed to a reduction in harm at the national level through the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) project


Mar 15, 2020


Nurse Practitioner , Nursing CNE, Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME




$29 to $42

Credits / Hours



ACCME, Florida Board of Nursing

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Charisse Coulombe, MS, MBA
Charisse Coulombe is the Vice President of Clinical Quality with the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) at the American Hospital Association. Charisse is the project co-director and has primary responsibilities for the oversight of all areas of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) project including data collection and analysis, state relations, meeting content and operation logistics. This includes working with 32 state hospital associations and 1,600 hospitals. Charisse also oversaw the HEN and HEN 2.0 projects for HRET.

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Keywords / Search Terms

American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians (ABQAURP)

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