Clarify Health and North Carolina Healthcare Association Partner to Reduce Pneumonia Mortality and Readmissions
04/24/2018 – Clarify Health Solutions, Inc., a pioneer in machine learning-enabled care optimization today announced the North Carolina Healthcare Association (NCHA) has deployed Clarify’s advanced analytics platform, Care Prism, to aid its statewide initiative to significantly reduce pneumonia (PNE) mortality and readmissions. In 2017, NCHA rolled out the Pneumonia Knockout Campaign with the two-year goal to save 1,000 lives and over $8.8 million.
Pneumonia Knockout Campaign
In March 2017, the NCHA Board of Trustees approved a two-year Quality Goal to reduce pneumonia (PNE) mortality and readmission rates to put North Carolina at and below the national average. Specifically, the goal is to:
- Reduce the PNE mortality rate by 7.5% to the national average over 2 years
- Reduce PNE readmissions rate by 5.4% over 2 years to the national top quartile
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.
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 Quality Center staff, with guidance from an Advisory Council, will provide participating teams with technical support, education and best practice learning/sharing. NCHA will provide data to member organizations to support this work and will coordinate a public education campaign, including media and collateral materials.
- Participate as an NCHA member organization in the Pneumonia Knockout Campaign
- Participate as part of an in-depth learning collaborative
- Participate in regional cross continuum education
- Collaborate to improve quality of care and reduce cost
Pneumonia Knockout Newsletter
Read the inaugural issue of the Pneumonia Knockout Newsletter
One of the first tasks of hospitals & healthcare systems who have pledged was to identify key factors they see contributing to 30- day Pneumonia Mortality and Readmissions. We grouped the causal factors they contributed into 11 key categories. The largest category is coordination and transitions of care, which contains factors such as coordination with primary care, timely scheduling of appropriate follow-up care, and well-planned transitions to home health or skilled nursing care. Medication reconciliation and compliance is second largest, with some specific causal factors mentioning obtaining medications post-discharge, completing follow-up antibiotic treatment, and coordination with pharmacies. Comorbidities includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic illnesses. Strategies for improvement will focus on identifying causal factors and sharing best practices for addressing them.
ASPIRE to Knockout Pneumonia Readmissions
Dr Amy Boutwell kicked off her series on Reducing Pneumonia Readmissions in North Carolina on March 1st. Amy Boutwell, M.D., M.P.P., founded Collaborative Healthcare Strategies to pursue work aligned with the opportunities created by the Affordable Care Act, the CMS Center for Innovation and the Partnership for Patients, specifically with the goal of engaging thousands of communities across the nation to work across settings and sectors to improve healthcare delivery. With the creation of Collaborative Healthcare Strategies, Dr. Boutwell works at the intersection of all best practices and approaches to improve care transitions, without exclusive adherence to one particular model – taking the best from what is known to be effective, practical and efficient in improving care transitions. Since 2008, Dr. Boutwell has been deeply immersed in the clinical, operational, policy, payment and political aspects of approaches to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and improve care transitions.
- Webinar: ASPIRE to Knockout Pneumonia Readmissions Webinar Series - Aug 2, 2018, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Vice President, Quality & Clinical Performance Improvement
Program Director, Quality & Clinical Performance Improvement
Pneumonia Program Team