Improving Quality and Patient Care

MHA and the affiliated Maryland Patient Safety Center enhance patient safety and the overall health status of the communities served by Maryland's hospitals.

Our current efforts include work on catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated blood stream infections, hand hygiene, sepsis, surgical site infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

In effort to support enhanced collaboration and the accurate measurement of reductions in complications, MHA has convened a series of work groups to develop standard definitions for certain diagnoses identified by the hospital field:  

  • UTI
  • Pneumonia
  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Post-operative respiratory insufficiency
  • Obstetric hemorrhage
  • Obstetric lacerations
  • Renal failure
  • Acute kidney injury
  • Renal insufficiency

Meetings with 3M & HSCRC

MHA has secured a commitment from 3M and HSCRC to meet regularly with physicians and hospital clinical and quality leaders to discuss concerns regarding the appropriateness of aspects of 3M’s software, which defines potentially preventable complications – the basis for Maryland's Hospital Acquired Conditions (MHAC) program. 

The following documents summarize the issues raised by the hospital community and the responses from 3M.

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Summary of 3M Determinations - 2017
May 2016 Meeting Summary of Issues & Determinations
Resolved Issue List - 2015

October 11, 2018 webinar with leaders from 3M
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3M PPC Updates for Version 36 - slides
3M PPC Updates for Version 36 - webinar recording

April 8, 2019 webinar
Webinar Recording
Summary of 3M Determinations – 2019

Related Information

It's a Whole New Ballgame

On April 29, 2014, MHA, in partnership with the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, held a statewide meeting to address the specific quality and performance requirements of Maryland's new Medicare waiver.