Crimson Clinical Effectiveness Collaborative


Our Crimson Clinical Effectiveness Collaborative (CCEC) is a forward-thinking approach for addressing quality issues in health care. As a purchaser, the CCEC means you can rely on the value of the care we provide.

What is the HFPN Crimson Clinical Effectiveness Collaborative?

The CCEC is a system-wide initiative used by the Henry Ford Physician Network to engage physicians and key stakeholders at hospitals. The goal is simple - to improve the value of care our patients receive.

The CCEC minimizes variations in care in the same way bundled services minimize variations in the cost of services. Our process standardizes care to ensure that every patient receives the same level of high-quality services, regardless which hospital they visit.

We partner with the following hospitals:

Rapid Cycle Performance Improvement at HFPN

We study data analytics at our participating hospitals to identify strategic opportunities to improve the way we deliver services. At HFPN, identifying and implementing improvements is not a months-long process. Our Rapid Cycle Performance Improvement process takes no more than 100 days:

  • We meet with hospital leaders and key physicians for the chosen service line
  • Using our data, we identify the top three areas for performance improvement
  • After identifying our top priority for change, we develop a new strategy for process improvement
  • We implement the changes

CCEC Success Story: Spinal fusion surgery at Henry Ford Macomb

We found that patients who underwent spinal fusion surgery at Henry Ford Macomb Hospital had higher-than-average length of stays. The CCEC brought together orthopedic and neurosurgery specialists to brainstorm ways to address the issue.

We developed several strategies:

  • Identify patients undergoing spinal fusion ranging from L1-S1 as “complex cases”
  • Develop a new process for handling complex cases, including establishing new protocols for consults, diet, mobility, medications and patient education
  • Establish new expectations to prepare patients before, during and after surgery

With a few key guideline changes for these patients, our team achieved:

  • More than $700,000 in annualized charge variation reduction
  • 90 days in annualized length of stay variation reductions
  • 30 percent fewer 30-day readmissions

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