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Collaborations and resources

Legacy Health participates in many collaborative efforts to improve quality and patient safety in our communities. Among them:

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)
The American Society for Healthcare Risk Management promotes effective and innovative risk management strategies by focusing on developing and implementing safe and effective patient care practices.

Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC)
APIC's mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks of infection. APIC engages in education, research, consultation, collaboration, public policy, practice guidance and credentialing.

Healthcare Acquired Infection Collaboratives
Medicare's Quality Improvement Organizations in Oregon and Washington have convened Learning Collaboratives to reduce the incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections, surgical site infections and C. difficile infections, which are related to the use of antibiotics.

National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP)
The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) collects and analyzes clinical data. NSQIP offers hospitals tools to assist in measuring clinical data that helps deliver the highest quality of care for their patients.

Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS)
The Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OAHHS) is a statewide, nonprofit association that works closely with government leaders, business and citizen coalitions, and other professional health care organizations to promote community health. OAHHS collects data on hospital and health system economics as well as information about privacy, hospital quality and transparency, workforce development, and education programs.

Oregon Patient Safety Commission (OPSC)
The Oregon Patient Safety Commission is a state agency whose mission it is to reduce the risk of serious adverse events occurring in Oregon's health care system and encourage a culture of patient safety. OPSC advocates for reporting systems and evidence-based practices to improve patient safety.

Oregon Society for Healthcare Risk Management (OSHRM)
The Oregon Society for Healthcare Risk Management is an affiliate chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. OSHRM provides education and advocacy for those who practice healthcare risk management in Oregon.

Partnership for Patients
The Partnership for Patients is a new public-private partnership that aims to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care. The Partnership for Patients brings together leaders of major hospitals, employers, physicians, nurses, and patient advocates along with state and federal governments in a shared effort to make hospital care safer, more reliable and less costly.

Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA)
The Washington State Hospital Association represents community hospitals and health-related organizations. The association works to improve the health of the people of Washington state by providing management and analysis, information, advocacy, and other services.

We also seek expertise and direction from national quality organizations, including:

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency that evaluates the quality of care in hospitals, particularly the care received by patients who are receiving Medicare or Medicaid.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is an independent not-for-profit organization that focuses on identifying and testing new models of care with both patients and health care professionals to ensure adoption of best practices.

National Quality Forum
The National Quality Forum is a private, not-for-profit membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy for healthcare quality measurement and reporting.

The Joint Commission
The Joint Commission in an independent, not-for-profit organization that sets the standards by which health care quality is measured nationally. Each year the Joint Commission publishes a set of National Patient Safety Goals to encourage hospitals to improve the way they care for patients to reduce preventable medical errors and improve patient safety.