In March 2017, the NCHA Board of Trustees approved a two-year quality goal to reduce pneumonia (PNE) mortality and pneumonia readmission rates to put North Carolina at and below the national average. North Carolina is ranked 49 of 50 states for its pneumonia mortality rate, with 73 percent of hospitals below the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s national benchmark. More than half of all N.C. hospitals are above the national benchmark for 30-day pneumonia readmission rates.
The Board’s approval of this goal signifies an organizational commitment to guide this work and a call to NCHA’s 130 member hospitals and health systems statewide to actively participate.
NCHA Member Action Requested — Take the Pneumonia Knockout Pledge to:
- Reduce the PNE mortality rate by 7.5 percent to the national average over 2 years
- Reduce PNE readmissions by 5.4 percent over 2 years to target top 25 percent quartile
To help members with this goal, NCHA is launching a Pneumonia Knockout Campaign in July. Participating hospitals and health systems will be asked to identify one to two opportunities to improve based on their internal performance on the identified measures. Community partners and post-acute care providers will be invited to participate with hospitals and health systems. Each organization will commit to lead its improvement efforts.
NCHA is offering two opportunities in July to learn more about this quality goal and our Pneumonia Knockout Campaign:
- Join us on Thursday, July 13 at the Embassy Suites Raleigh/Durham from 10 am – 3 pm for a day of sharing and learning as we prepare to launch the Pneumonia Knockout Campaign. This workshop will review data, share best practices in pneumonia reduction, and leverage the patient/family voice in co-designing improvement strategies through the highly structured Experience Based Co-Design model. CPHQ Credits will be provided. For more information and to register, click here.
- On Thursday, July 20 from 12 pm – 12:40 pm, NCHA members attending NCHA’s Summer Membership Meeting in Myrtle Beach will enjoy lunch while learning about the Pneumonia Knockout Campaign and how their organization can get involved in this important quality goal to reduce pneumonia-related mortalities and readmissions. Hospital and health system CEOs will have an opportunity to sign a pledge to participate in the campaign. See the NCHA Summer Meeting brochure for details. Register here.
Contact Karen Southard, Interim Executive Director of the NC Quality Center firstname.lastname@example.org, 919-677-4121 with questions.