Dr. Bruce Siegel, President and CEO of America's Essential Hospitals, Inspires at VNAA's Public Policy Leadership Conference
Monday, October 7, 2013
by: Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

Dr. Bruce Siegel, President and CEO of America's Essential Hospitals

Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, President and CEO of America's Essential Hospitals (AEH), gave an inspirational presentation at VNAA's Public Policy Leadership Conference, held last month in Washington. AEH represents safety-net hospitals that provide not only inpatient care, but also a wide range of primary and specialty clinics.
Dr. Siegel noted that VNAA and AEH have much in common–including a shared vision on many policy and quality issues. A primary focus of the presentation was how mission-driven hospitals, home health agencies and hospitals can position themselves to stay relevant and central to the funding debate by providing members with tools and best practices that can achieve positive outcomes. 
In 2010, Siegel's association launched a new strategic plan that resulted in the development of a Transformation Center, with startup funding from Kaiser Permanente. A key aspect of the Center is the Essential Hospitals Engagement Network (EHEN), funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). About two dozen hospitals are participating in a collaborative effort designed to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent, and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent. EHEN draws on improvement methods and strategies outlined by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. EHEN coaches frontline clinical staff and hospital executive teams to foster a culture of patient safety and provide participants with:

  • Access to quality and performance improvement experts;
  • Educational materials, toolkits and training;
  • Support to identify best practice and improvement opportunities; and
  • Aggregate data reports and benchmarking comparisons.
In addition to the EHEN, Dr. Siegel noted that successful partnerships are key to success.  For example, Visiting Nurse Services of New York (VNSNY) is working with the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation on a heart failure program that educates patients about caring for themselves after discharge and ensures a follow up visit within a week of discharge. At the Bellevue Hospital Center, the program is credited with holding unplanned, 30-day re-hospitalization rates at less than a quarter of the national average. 

For more strategies that work and examples of success, please review the full text of Dr. Siegel’s speech, located here.
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