KHC—in partnership with HQIN, the Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) in Kansas—is building collaborative community coalitions that include hospitals, clinicians, pharmacists, home health agencies, and community-based organizations. These community-based partnerships are being facilitated in targeted zip codes statewide by KHC quality improvement advisors.Read More
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) was founded in partnership.
In 2008, the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Hospital Association, Kansas’ statewide associations for hospitals and for physicians, came together to form what they envisioned would become THE trusted source for relevant and meaningful health care quality improvement education, evaluation, and measurement.
Through this rare partnership, KHC has for more than a decade proudly served 120+ Kansas hospitals and 1,000+ providers at 200+ clinics across the state—with hands-on technical assistance, education, and other resources tailored to each provider’s unique needs to best serve their patients and community.
KHC is continually seeking new partnership opportunities as health systems and the quality improvement landscape evolve. We are interested in cultivating partnerships that support common goals that improve the health of Kansans.Read More
A new CMS-led initiative called the Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC) is beginning now to provide continued support in quality and patient safety to eligible hospitals. HQIC will build effectively upon the achievements of the recent Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN).
Over the next four years, HQIC will support rural and critical access hospitals, as well as those hospitals serving vulnerable populations. Altogether, CMS has identified more than 2,600 hospitals nationally that are eligible to participate, including more than 100 hospitals in Kansas.
KHC and KHA are pleased to partner with the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative as part of the Compass HQIC Network, which will serve hospitals in Kansas, Iowa, Mississippi, and South Dakota. As part of the Compass Network, KHC and its partners will provide enrolled hospitals valued services, technical assistance, data, and intervention support as part of this initiative.Read More
In an effort to align quality improvement efforts in Kansas, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative has partnered with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Health Promotion to enhance partnerships between providers and community-based individuals and organizations to improve care coordination, to identify patients who are at a higher risk for developing chronic diseases, to increase screenings for cervical, breast, and colorectal cancers, and to better connect patients to evidence-based resources and other community health programs to support self-management.
The full Community Health Resource Guide with program details can be found here (pdf).
Specific programs include:
Antibiotics save lives, but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 47 million antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessarily given in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms across the U.S. each year, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority. The CDC also reports that drug-resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses each year.
KHC partners with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to advance its Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program statewide. Antimicrobial Stewardship also has been a focus in recent KHC hospital-based patient safety initiatives.
A variety of learning opportunities and resources are available in support of efforts by hospitals, clinicians, and others who are leading this important work.Read More
Hospitals across the state and nation have made substantial progress in recent years incorporating patient and family engagement (PFE) as part of their organizational approach to attaining higher levels of patient satisfaction and outcomes.
Still, many hospitals are uncertain about how to envision or to optimize the role of PFE in safety and quality improvement design and seek support in learning and navigating the process.
Helpful resources have been compiled through the CMS Partnership for Patients and recently completed Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). Contact KHC (785-235-0763) for additional information and individualized guidance.Read More
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Since its inception, KHC has hosted education opportunities for partners as part of its core mission. Many of these education opportunities have been guided and funded by long-term initiatives—such as the HIIN or the PTN. Some of these education opportunities have ended along with their associated initiatives, while others continue. KHC seeks to continue offering longer-term, ongoing education for all partners spanning various initiatives. To that end, we are pleased to announce a new education series called “KHC Convenes.”
Electronic Case Reporting (eCR) helps providers fulfill their disease and case reporting requirements and has many benefits to providers, including:
In a year that has been anything but familiar, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative’s Summit on Quality is different, too. We recognize that everyone in the health care system has been deeply impacted by COVID-19. This year’s Summit is fully online and may be accessed at your convenience. The three one-hour sessions are designed to equip Kansas’s health care professionals to thrive in our “new normal.”
Among the focus areas for hospitals participating in the Compass Network is Community Collaboration and Integration. While the COVID-19 public health emergency has made working closely with others more challenging, community members in the central Kansas county of Ellsworth (pop. 6,231) saw it as an opportunity to forge partnerships to address health needs.
This TeleECHO from KU Medical Center is designed to improve health care provider capacity to implement evidence-based practices related to substance use disorder (SUD) prevention, screening, early intervention, referral to treatment, and risk reduction. There is no cost to participate in this series, but registration is required. While helpful to everyone, this series is specifically designed for clinicians who work in the primary care setting.
The Immunize Kansas Coalition (IKC) has launched no-cost education modules to help health care providers and their teams communicate the importance of HPV and flu vaccination to patients. CME and CNE is available for each of these two education modules.
Cynosure Health—a longstanding KHC partner—recently released a toolkit designed to equip health care providers with information, strategies, and tools to increase vaccine acceptance among health care workers and help them to become confident advocates for COVID-19 vaccination in their communities. Access the toolkit here.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Zero Suicide Academy is a two-day training for senior leaders of health and behavioral health care organizations that seek to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care. Using the Zero Suicide framework, participants learn how to incorporate best and promising practices into their organizations and processes to improve care and safety for individuals at risk. Zero Suicide faculty provide both interactive presentations and small group sessions, collaborating with participants to develop organization-specific action plans.
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HAI/AR) Program are pleased to again partner to provide reimbursement assistance to select candidates who successfully complete the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists’ (SIDP) Antimicrobial Stewardship Certificate Program for Pharmacists.
The statewide Learning Action Network (LAN) for the outpatient setting features basic infection prevention training for frontline health care workers and office staff. This collaborative conducted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in partnership with KHC features a nine-part, bi-weekly series of noon-time sessions focused on building knowledge and confidence in improving infection prevention practices. The virtual series began Feb. 25 and ends June 17. There is no cost to participate. The schedule and recordings of previous sessions are available below.
A small, community hospital in northeast Kansas came together with a splash of fun and accountability to create a sustainable culture of safety, especially when it comes to hand hygiene.
As the COVID-19 pandemic made its way across the nation earlier this year, the Hiawatha Community Hospital was wrapping up its participation in a statewide Hand Hygiene Collaborative facilitated by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative. The nine-month initiative concluded in March, 2020, with more than 60 Kansas hospitals participating.
Twelve team members from clinics and hospitals in Kansas—along with two KHC Quality Improvement Advisors—recently completed training to be certified Lifestyle Coaches under the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP).
The training was sponsored by the Kansas Department of Health & Environment and provided online by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES).
A third of American adults—or 88 million people—have prediabetes. People with prediabetes are at higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
DPP programs are among those approved by CMS to help patients diagnosed with prediabetes work to prevent or delay the development of type 2 diabetes. Certified Lifestyle Coaches meet regularly with patients over the course of a year to lose at least 5% of their body weight through healthier eating and increased physical activity.
The number of patients suffering from behavioral health conditions continues to increase and is a major concern for health care providers, particularly amid COVID-19. Many primary care practices struggle to provide mental health and substance abuse treatment and lack innovative strategies to meet the behavioral health needs of their patients. During this webinar you will learn about the benefits of and models and methods for integrating behavioral health into your practice, as well as strategies for coding and billing. You also will hear from a Federally Qualified Health Center that modified its medication assisted treatment program during the pandemic to continue meeting the needs of its patients and learn how it plans to bring clinicians and patients back onsite to the practice.
In early February, Hess Clinic began what would prove to be a prescient change in how they deliver health care. The clinic in Hays began seeing many patients via telemedicine—particularly those managing chronic conditions—nearly two months before Kansas declared its first stay-at-home order due to COVID-19.
Patients with multiple chronic conditions are at a higher risk of mortality or other clinical complications if their conditions become uncontrolled. During the COVID-19 pandemic, these high-risk patients have become more reluctant to seek medical treatment. Chronic Care Management (CCM) services are an effective way for clinicians to manage their high-risk patients remotely while supporting social distancing recommendations. During this webinar, we will provide an overview of CCM services including strategies for implementation, billing considerations and resources for clinicians and patients.