Initiatives

The work of KHC focuses on a variety of clinical initiatives.  Current efforts are dedicated to the following:

Healthcare Associated Infections

Kansas Quality Improvement Partnership

The Kansas Quality Improvement Partnership meets regularly to discuss opportunities for collaboration, and includes representatives from the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, the Kansas Hospital Association, the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, the Kansas Medical Society, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. These meetings provide an opportunity for strategic discussions about ways to complement each organization’s work, enhance hospital engagement, and maintain the integrity and reputation of our organizations through clear communication and messaging to hospitals.

KQIP is now recommending that all Kansas hospitals use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) in their efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). This group has established a bold goal for 100 percent of Kansas hospitals (including critical access hospitals) to begin actively using NHSN for infection surveillance and reporting by the end of this year. (Access the KQIP recommendation here.) (Memorandum)

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

The terms medical home, patient centered medical home, health home and other versions are often used interchangeably to refer to models for care management or primary care delivery. 

While these terms share common origins and underlying concepts, it can be confusing to understand how specific programs differ from one another. The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative developed a White paper, “Medical Home Concept Versus Medicaid Health Home,” to help health care providers and other stakeholders understand the similarities and differences between two models currently being implemented in Kansas, the Medicaid Health Home and the Patient Centered Medical Home.

White Paper: Medical Home Concept Versus Medicaid Health Home

 view here

Presentation handouts, Overview of Implementation Plans for KanCare Payment Reductions

Dorothy Rice poster presentation.