The Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) is a collaboration between Independence Blue Cross and the Philadelphia region’s hospitalsThis unique collaboration between payer and providers to jointly fund quality and patient safety improvement initiatives has been recognized as a national model. Since its creation in 2006, PPC projects have strived to accelerate the adoption of evidence-based clinical practices by pooling the resources, knowledge, and efforts of health care providers and partners.  Topics are selected by HCIF’s Clinical Advisory Committee, a voluntary expert panel of healthcare providers and partners from organizations across Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Collaborative Description: 

Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) is a collaboration between Independence Blue Cross (IBC) and the Philadelphia region’s hospitals with the vision to be the safest region in the country. As a signature program of HCIF since 2006, this unique collaboration between payer and providers to share successful experiences and to jointly fund quality and patient safety improvement initiatives has been recognized as a national model. The inclusive and collaborative nature of PPC’s improvement efforts has enabled the region to transcend a highly competitive provider marketplace and foster partnerships with organizations that share a common desire for quality improvement.

Over the last decade-plus, PPC has funded over 26 multi-year collaboratives addressing a variety of quality and safety priorities with the region’s hospitals. These PPC collaboratives aimed at improving the quality and safety of care delivered to patients in our region have included the contributions from over 2,000 participants.

Each year HCIF carries out a hospital appeal that incorporates support from the regions hospital and health system leaders as well as IBC. Funding for PPC assists the wide range of programs and initiatives that are facilitated each year. HCIF is proud to report that PPC’s unique model of payer/provider collaboration has sustained robust levels of support over the years.

PPC Contributors and Participants

Jefferson Health
     Abington Hospital
     Abington Lansdale Hospital
     Jefferson Bucks Hospital
     Jefferson Frankford Hospital
     Jefferson Methodist Hospital
     Jefferson Torresdale Hospital
     Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
     Thomas Jefferson University Hospital 

Penn Medicine
     Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
     Pennsylvania Hospital
     Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
     Chester County Hospital
     Lancaster General Hospital

Main Line Health 
     Bryn Mawr Hospital
     Lankenau Medical Center
     Paoli Hospital
     Riddle Hospital

Temple University Health System
     Fox Chase Cancer Center
     Jeanes Hospital
     Temple University Hospital

Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic
     Mercy Health System of Southeastern PA
      St. Mary Medical Center

Einstein Healthcare Network
     Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
     Einstein Montgomery

Holy Redeemer Health System

Crozer-Keystone Health System
     Crozer-Chester Medical Center
     Delaware County Memorial Hospital

Doylestown Hospital

Grand View Hospital

 

Henry A. Pitt, MD 
Chief Quality Officer, Temple University Health System

Jeremy Souder, MD 
Patient Safety Officer, Pennsylvania Hospital, Medical Director, Pennsylvania Hospital Inpatient Palliative Care Program Clinical Assistant Professor, Hospital Medicine

Victor Caraballo, MD, MBA
Senior Medical Director, Independence Blue Cross

Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD
Program Director, Healthcare Quality and Safety Jefferson College of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University

Scott W. Cowan, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Vice Chair for Quality, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Norma J. Ferdinand
SVP Chief Quality Officer, Lancaster General Health

Eileen E. Jaskuta, MSHA, BSN, RN
System Vice President Quality and Patient Safety, Main Line Health

Brigitta Mueller, MD, MHCM, CPE, CPPS, CPHQ, FAAP
Executive Director, Patient Safety, Risk & Quality, ECRI Institute 

Charles Orellana, MD
Medical Director, Clinical Care Associates of the University of Pennsylvania Health System

Nancy V. Runta, MSN, RN
Senior Director, Risk, Quality & Patient Safety, Grand View Health

Aileen Schast, PhD
Senior Director, Patient Safety and Performance Improvement, Einstein Healthcare Network

Doron Schneider, MD
Chief Safety and Quality Officer, Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health

Charles I. Wagner, MD
Medical Advisor to Patient and Resident, Safety Initiatives, Holy Redeemer Hospital & Medical Center

Gary Welch, DO

Vice President, QualityAria Health

The Partnership for Patient Care Leadership Summit is held each year to celebrate the collaboration between Independence Blue Cross and the Philadelphia region’s hospitals. The Leadership Summit encourages shared learning among regional health care leaders, highlights quality and safety priorities, and offers an opportunity for regional networking. Additionally, the successes of PPC programs from the past year are featured at the Leadership Summit.

View past summits and programs below:

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Michael Leonard, MD, Founder, Safe & Reliable Healthcare

A Systematic Approach to Safe and High Reliability Care

IHI White Paper “A Framework for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Care”

Pam Braun, BSN, MSN, Vice President of Clinical Improvement, Health Care Improvement Foundation

Regional Safe Community

Karen M. Perez, RN-BC, BSN, Team Coordinator, 2 Lenfest Surgical Intermediate Unit, Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health & Megan Reinhart, RN-BC, BSN, Team Coordinator, 2 Lenfest, Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health

Reducing Postoperative Complications: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Early and Consistent Ambulation

Juliane Jablonski, DNP, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Critical Care Systems Strategist, Penn Medicine

ICU Liberation: Executing the “ABCDEF” Bundle Daily

Thomas P. Cleary, BSN, RN, Clinical Manager, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery & Scott D. Alcott, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing Education & Professional Development, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

Preventing Opioid-Induced Ventilatory Impairment (OIVI) in Medical Surgical Patients

2019 HCIF & PASHRM Spring Conference

Michael Leonard, MD, Founder, Safe & Reliable Healthcare

A Systematic Approach to Safe and High Reliability Care

IHI White Paper “A Framework for Safe, Reliable, and Effective Care”

Pam Braun, BSN, MSN, Vice President of Clinical Improvement, Health Care Improvement Foundation

Regional Safe Community

Karen M. Perez, RN-BC, BSN, Team Coordinator, 2 Lenfest Surgical Intermediate Unit, Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health & Megan Reinhart, RN-BC, BSN, Team Coordinator, 2 Lenfest, Abington Hospital-Jefferson Health

Reducing Postoperative Complications: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Early and Consistent Ambulation

Juliane Jablonski, DNP, RN, CCRN, CCNS, Critical Care Systems Strategist, Penn Medicine

ICU Liberation: Executing the “ABCDEF” Bundle Daily

Thomas P. Cleary, BSN, RN, Clinical Manager, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery & Scott D. Alcott, MSN, RN, Director of Nursing Education & Professional Development, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery

Preventing Opioid-Induced Ventilatory Impairment (OIVI) in Medical Surgical Patients

2018 PPC Leadership Summit

Barbara Balik, EdD, RN of Aefina Partners

Creating Safety and Joy in Work: 4 Leadership Actions

“’What Matters to You?’ Conversation Guide for Improving Joy in Work”

 

Liz Owens, MS, Project Coordinator, Health Care Improvement Foundation

Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award Program

 

Megan Heere, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University; Medical Director of Well Baby Nursery, Temple University Hospital

SAFE-T Program

 

Bea Leyden, BSN, MBA, RN, CPHQ, NEA-BC, Director of Nursing Clinical Practice and  Performance Improvement, Jefferson Health – Northeast

Progressive Mobility (PM): Evidence Based Program Improves Outcomes in Critically Ill Patients

 

Geno J Merli, MD, MACP, FSVM, FHM, Professor of Medicine & Surgery and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Implementation of a Patient Blood Management Program

 

Edouard Trabulsi, MD, FACS, Professor & Vice Chair of  Department of Urology, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

PURC: Improving Prostate Cancer Care Delivery

 

Claudette Fonshell RN, BSN, Director of Clinical Improvement, Health Care Improvement Foundation

Regional Safe Community

2017 PPC Leadership Summit

Subha Airan-Javia, MD, Associate CMIO, Director of Care Transitions, Director of IT & Handoff Education, Dept. of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

2016 Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award First Place Winner: University of Pennsylvania Health System” with attached PDF 2 Safety Award Presentation

Christina Michalek, BSc, Pharm, RPh, FASHP, Medication Safety Specialist, ISMP

Improving Safety of CPOE Through Event-Based Testing

James P. Bagian, MD, PE, Director, Center for Healthcare Engineering and Patient Safety; Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and the College of Engineering, University of Michigan

More Than Root Cause Analysis: Implementing Actions to Prevent Harm

Pam Braun, BSN, MSN, Senior Director of Clinical Improvement, HCIF, and Ronni P. Solomon, JD, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, ECRI Institute

PPC Collaborative: Regional Safe Community

2016 PPC Leadership Summit

Pat Croskerry, MD, PhD, FRCP (Edin), Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine Director, Critical Thinking Program, Division of Medicine Education, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia CANADA

Keynote Presentation: Diagnostic Errors

Marci Ruediger, PT, MS, Director of Performance Excellence, Magee Rehabilitation

2015 Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award Program First Place Winner: Magee Rehabilitation

Robert G. Uzzo, MD, FACS, Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University School of Medicine, and Marc C. Smaldone, MD, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Urologic Oncology, Department of Surgery, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University Health System

Pennsylvania Urologic Regional Collaborative

2015 PPC Leadership Summit

Martin Makary, MD, MPH, Professor of Surgery and Health Policy, Johns Hopkins University

Keynote Presentation: Art, Assassination, and America ‘How Transparency Disrupts an Industry and Changes a Nation

Denise Murphy, BSN, MPH, CIC , VP Quality and Patient Safety, Main Line Health

2014 Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award First Place Award Winner: Main Line Health

Michael Laign, President & CEO, Holy Redeemer Health System, and Erik Muther, Managing Director, PHCQA

Partnership for Patient Care Ten Year Anniversary Report

Susan Choi, PhD, CPHQ, Senior Director, Quality Partnerships & Initiatives, HCIF

2 ETA ED Transitions Collaborative Update_PPC Summit 2015_FINAL

Pam Braun, RN, MSN, Senior Director, Patient Safety Partnerships & Initiatives, HCIF

PPC Collaborative Update: Introducing PURC Pennsylvania Regional Urology Collaborative

2014 PPC Leadership Summit

Michael Leonard, MD, Managing Partner, Safe & Reliable Healthcare LLC

Keynote Presentation: Safety Culture Evolves ‘Is Yours Proactive or Reactive?

Maureen Ann Frye, MSN, CRNP, CPPS, CPHQ, Director, Center for Patient Safety and Quality, Abington Memorial Hospital

2013 Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award First Place Award Winner: Abington Memorial Hospital

Susan Choi, PhD, CPHQ, Director, Quality Partnerships & Initiatives, HCIF, Jane Feinman, RN, MSN, Senior Vice President of Hospice, VNA Hospice of Philadelphia, and Elizabeth Menschner, RN, MAS, MSN, NEA-BC, Director of Nursing, Cardio-Pulmonary & Transplant, Temple University Hospital

CARE 4 Us: Promoting Improvements in Palliative Care in SE PA & Partner Presentation from Temple University Hospital

Susan Choi, PhD, CPHQ, Senior Director, Quality Partnerships & Initiatives, HCIF

2 ETA ED Transitions Collaborative Update_PPC Summit 2015_FINAL

Claudette Fonshell, RN, BSN, Clinical Project Manager, HCIF

Pennsylvania Obstetric Adverse Events Collaborative

Susan Cosgrove, MPA, Project Manager, HCIF

Introducing ETA: Emergency Transition Advances Collaborative

Regional Safe Community 

HCIF launched this major multi-year PPC initiative in 2017. The expressed purpose of the Regional Safe Community is to advance the PPC vision by collaborating and learning from safety event experiences and sharing patient safety methodologies and best practices. The program is comprised of two key components, PPC Safe Table and Safety Forum.

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Delaware Valley Patient Safety & Quality Award

The Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) has hosted the Delaware Valley Patient Safety and Quality Award since 2002. This program is one of many ways in which HCIF promotes best practices in health care patient safety and quality throughout the region. The award recognizes hospitals and other providers for their innovative contributions in advancing patient care.

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PURC

Established in February 2015 with funding from the Partnership for Patient Care, PURC is a quality improvement initiative that brings urology practices together in a physician-led, data-sharing and improvement collaborative aimed at advancing the quality of diagnosis and care for men with prostate cancer. HCIF serves as the coordinating center, providing administrative, clinical, and database support for program members. 

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Each year HCIF produces an annual Partnership for Patient Care (PPC) report summarizing the annual highlights of the collaborative work carried out that year as well as the support from annual contributors. 

2019 PPC Report

2018 PPC Report

2017 PPC Report

2016 PPC Report

2015 PPC Report