Quality & Safety

DCHA Quality Collaborative

Collaborative in Action

DC Hospitals Improve State Rankings for Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Measures

DCHA Elevates Quality Programs and Improves Patient Safety by Leveraging Subject Matter Experts from Across Member Hospitals

DCHA members created the Quality Collaborative (QC) in the last quarter of 2017 to support District of Columbia (DC) hospitals in their collective pursuit to become recognized leaders in high quality, safe and innovative patient care. The QC includes a Core Committee and Workgroup structure to identify best practices and facilitate performance improvement activities. The workgroups include physician leaders, chief nursing officers, and subject matter experts on infectious disease/infection prevention, emergency management, and care coordination.

The QC is proud to announce that through the leadership and collaboration of the Infectious Disease/ Infection Prevention (IDIP) Committee, DC hospital state rankings have improved significantly for three healthcare-associated infection (HAI) measures.

According to the Quality Program Measures Trend Analysis Report, DC most recently received the following rankings out of 51 states: CLABSI: 25th in the nation; MRSA: 22nd in the nation; and, C. diff: 19th in the nation. The graph below depicts the significant progress made since 2017.

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Collaborative Committees and Workgroups

Quality Collaborative Organizational Structure

About the Collaborative

  • DCHA's Quality Collaborative provides an advisory role on the identification of priorities that lead to DC hospitals becoming a recognized leader in high quality, safe, and innovative patient care.
  • The Collaborative includes a core committee and workgroup structure to identify best practices and facilitate performance improvement activities.
  • Its efforts foster learning and education to improve health care quality, safety, and service across DC.

Quality Collaborative Organizational Structure

Care Coordination Committee

The Care Coordination Improvement Workgroup develops a framework of best practices for addressing fragmentation in the healthcare continuum which results in poor service coordination and improper healthcare services utilization within the District of Columbia. Committee membership includes representatives from a wide group of health and social services stakeholders in the District invested in activities and information sharing across the continuum of services to achieve safer, more effective care.

Physician Leaders Committee

The Physician Leaders Committee serves as the principal resource and central forum to address challenges in service delivery and promote mindful solutions that ensure the District’s hospitals deliver high-quality, safe, innovative care for patients, employees, and their caregivers. Committee membership includes Chief Medical Officer and physician leader representatives from the District’s Hospitals and Health Systems.

Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) Committee

The CNO Committee serves as the principal resource and central forum to address nursing care practice, workforce and clinical care challenges to ensure the District’s hospitals deliver high-quality, safe, patient-centered care while support all nurses providing care in District hospitals. Committee membership includes CNO representatives from the District’s Hospitals and Health Systems.

Emergency Management Committee (EMC)

The EMC serves as the principal resource to effectively plan and prepare for the delivery of healthcare services before, during and after an emergency through collaboration, strategic planning, and training and exercises.

Infectious Disease/Infection Prevention Committee (ID/IP)

The ID/IP Committee serves as the principal resource on viral, biologic, and healthcare-associated infections to develop proactive recommendations and response protocols. Committee membership includes infectious disease practitioners, epidemiology, and other hospital infection prevention experts from the District’s Hospitals and Health Systems.

Taskforces

The Quality Collaborative will call together taskforces to address specific quality and safety concerns requiring multi-stakeholder input to drive effective improvement efforts and achieve innovative results.