In August, the SHM Executive Committee approved the SHM Discharge Planning Checklist developed by HQPS under the direction of Dennis Manning, MD. This discharge planning checklist and a white paper on guidance for its implementation will be available to members in the near future.
Interested in learning more about these initiatives or becoming involved in an HQPS workgroup? Contact Lakshmi Halasyamani, MD, HQPS chair, at [email protected].
Hartford Grants Awarded
SHM presents Hartford Foundation grant funds to hospitalists for QI demo project
By Kathleen K. Frampton, RN, MPH
Shm remains committed to expanding its efforts to improve inpatient care for older patients. The John A. Hartford Foundation has generously awarded approximately $370,000 to SHM in support of its focus on the geriatric population. This funding will assist SHM in its endeavors related to educational programs and products, hospitalist leadership training, and quality improvement projects. In light of this, SHM allocated a portion of these Hartford grant funds to study a critical aspect of elderly patient care, safety-care transitions.
A competitive request for the proposal (RFP) process was conducted to solicit interest from healthcare institutional providers and SHM members willing to serve as the principle investigator in their work setting. The RFP delineated the requirements for a hospital to serve as a designated study site to implement a discharge planning intervention from hospital-based care to community-based care for elderly patients and to evaluate the facilitating factors, barriers to implementation and outcomes associated with the new approach.
All research proposals submitted by hospitals were evaluated and scored against established criteria. Qualifying hospital finalists were reviewed by a panel consisting of members of three standing SHM Committees: Education, Hospital Quality and Patient Safety, and Research and Executive. In July 2005, this panel selected three hospitals to receive funding for this initiative: Johns Hopkins-Bayview, Baltimore, Md.; Northeast Medical Center, Concord, N.C.; and Geisinger Health System, Danville, Penn.
Johns Hopkins-Bayview (coordinating site): A 355-bed community-based facility located in southeast Baltimore with academic affiliations and approximately 25% of patients over age 65. The hospitalist service consists of nine physicians, five physician assistants, and three nurse practitioners.
Northeast Medical Center: A 457-bed, private, nonprofit community-based facility located in the Charlotte Region with a residency training program and 36% of patients over age 65. The hospitalist service consists of 16 physicians and 24/7 intensivist coverage.
Geisinger Health System: A 366-bed facility and Level 1 Trauma Center, private, nonprofit community based system located in north central Pennsylvania with a residency training program and 70% of patients over age 65. The hospitalist service is staffed by 15 physicians (10 full-time employees).
The QI Demonstration Project will run for 18 months and, according to Tina Budnitz, MPH, SHM senior advisor for planning and development, the study “represents new territory for both SHM and other professional societies … . We have moved beyond developing a best practice to use in the clinical setting to how you can actually change the system so that best practices can be successfully implemented … . It is the intention of SHM to focus on safe practice interventions that can be generalized to other settings.”
Budnitz also explained that near completion of the project SHM plans to convene the advisory board, grantee project teams, representatives of the Hartford Foundation, and the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) to review the data from the demonstration project and design a larger scale quality improvement program.
“Our grantees will work with the SHM Advisory Board to develop a comprehensive toolkit, which will document the lessons learned during the implementation process and any other resources that facilitate adaptation and/or adoption of these safe practice interventions,” explains Budnitz.