October 2012 - December 2012
As NPP has continued to evolve in its role, the need for specialized efforts focused on specific areas of health and healthcare improvement became apparent. To meet this need, NPP established dedicated teams to develop and act on specific goals aligned with the national safety priority outlined in the NQS.
NPP Action Teams
In order to better facilitate action, NPP formed two Action Teams in 2012 focused on improving maternity care and reducing avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions across settings of care.
Each Action Team brings together more than two-dozen organizations representing providers, purchasers, consumers, health plans, accreditation and certification bodies, as well as state, regional and local entities. In support of the Partnership for Patients initiative, these two teams have developed plans for action that include concrete action steps for reducing avoidable hospital readmissions and potentially harmful maternity care.
NPP Maternity Action Team
In January 2012, NPP formed the Maternity Action Team to develop a plan to address inappropriate and unsafe maternity care. Specifically, the group is focused on reducing elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks and reducing cesarean section in low-risk women. To that end, the Maternity Action Team established the following aspirational goals to improve maternity care for mothers and babies, and also to achieve the National Quality Strategy and the Partnership for Patients goal to reduce harm:
- Reduce the percentage of babies electively delivered prior to 39 weeks gestation to 5 percent or less; and
- Reduce cesarean births among low-risk women to 15 percent or less.
The Maternity Action Team will focus on increased use of a standard set of quality measures focused on perinatal care, implementation of hard stop policies and checklists, and ensuring that consumers and providers are all on the same page in understanding what care is best for mothers and their babies.
NPP (Re)admissions Action Team
In January 2012, NPP formed the (Re)admissions Action Team to develop a plan to promote shared accountability across settings of care to safely reduce avoidable admissions and readmissions. In particular, the plan emphasizes the important role people and organizations outside hospitals play in addressing avoidable admissions and readmissions. The goals of this work complement the Partnership for Patients focus on reducing hospital readmissions and many other efforts focused on improving care transitions from the hospital setting, and include:
- Safely reducing avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions across all care settings by 20 percent; and
- Increasing uptake of patient-centered, team-based care delivery models by 50 percent in all settings.
While many factors influence hospital admissions and readmissions, this Action Team will focus on the opportunities for change supported by analyzing readmission rates to identify areas for improvement, implementing person-centered, team-based care delivery models that promote care that is in line with patient, family and caregiver preferences, and providing additional development opportunities for individuals who provide care to those in vulnerable populations.
In addition to the NPP Action Teams, the Partnership for Patients and NPP have created a number of groups focused on specific areas such as medication safety, rural health, and patient and family engagement. These groups are open to all and allow for various levels of engagement—from listening, observing, and learning to acting as leaders and champions to promote change.
NPP is eager to engage with stakeholders to advance the aims of all these groups. To connect with others and share your efforts to advance the National Quality Strategy, please register your action on the Online Action Registry.