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MHA Releases 2018 Report on Quality and Safety in Hospitals in Maryland

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Maryland Hospital Association (MHA) released its 2018 report on quality, safety and population health management in hospitals in Maryland. The report highlights the results of statewide efforts to improve the quality of care, with a focus on reducing readmissions and hospital-acquired infections.

Some highlights from the report:

  • 100 percent of hospitals either prescribe and/or dispense naloxone to patients with a substance use disorder or who were treated for an overdose at discharge
  • 8.2 percent drop in Medicare readmissions from 2013 to 2017
  • 21.8 percent reduction in MRSA between 2015 and 2017
  • 12 percent reduction in C.diff between 2015 and 2017
  • Maryland was among the top 10 states in 2017 for the percentage of patients who received proper care for severe sepsis and septic shock
  • Aclear majority of Marylanders like their hospital, with 90 percent rating their hospital as a 7or higher on a 10-point scale in 2017 and 93 percent saying they would definitely or probably recommend the hospital to others
  • The number of falls in hospitals that lead to serious injury or death declined by 11 percent from 2013 to 2017
  • Most hospitals participated in the appropriate antibiotic use campaign since 2016
  • Maryland’s maternal mortality rate is improving and now has a lower rate than the nation
  • More mothers are receiving prenatal care

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