CDC webinar: COVID-19 telehealth lessons
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Aug. 4 at 1 p.m. CST will host a Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) webinar on telehealth’s benefits and challenges, based on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.
KHC Update - July 2020
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KHC Monthly Webinar: Using K-TRACS to reduce adverse drug events and opioid misuse
Wednesday, 10-11 a.m., July 22
As we work to reduce adverse drug events and opioid misuse, we will learn about Kansas’ Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. K-TRACS helps improves patient care, safety, education, and outcomes through detection, prevention, and intervention while preserving access for patients with legitimate medical needs.
Staff from Kansas providers and KHC trained for Diabetes Prevention Program
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.
Integrating Behavioral Health to Improve Patient Outcomes
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.
Zoom demonstration of a Diabetes Prevention Program online platform
Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP) remain as important as ever—however, in-person classroom settings may not be feasible at this time. But options are available.
If you already have a DPP or are considering starting one in your facility, here is an opportunity to see a demonstration of an online platform for offering a virtual Diabetes Prevention Program.
KHC Update - June 2020
KHC Monthly Webinar: Strategies for engaging your PFAs during a pandemic
10 a.m. June 24
KHC virtual meetings provide an opportunity to learn with your peers, as well as stay in the know about resources and opportunities in quality and patient safety. This month's featured topic: “Don’t forget your PFAC: Strategies for engaging patient and family advisors during times of pandemic.”
Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH, director of patient and family engagement for the Foundation for Healthy Communities, will share strategies for engaging patient and family advisors as Kansas health care organizations navigate new ground during times of pandemic, including communications, policies, and implementation of such new technologies as telehealth.
Hess Clinic: Using telemedicine for Chronic Care Management
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.
Webinar: How to Use Chronic Care Management During 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.
Kansas hospitals recognized for patient safety achievements
More than 100 Kansas hospitals are being recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) for their work in one of the largest national health care improvement initiatives ever undertaken to accelerate and sustain momentum toward improved quality and patient safety.
Since October 2016, more than 115 hospitals in Kansas have participated in the AHA/HRET Network—a patient safety initiative spearheaded by the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust (AHA/HRET) involving more than 1,600 hospitals across 34 states and U.S. territories —which has been coordinated in Kansas by KHC. The initiative was part of a contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to achieve CMS patient safety goals to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent.
Kansas Healthcare Collaborative Hires Executive Director
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) Board of Directors has selected Allison Peterson DeGroff as the organization’s Executive Director effective on March 20. For the last year, Ms. DeGroff has served as KHC’s Managing Senior Director. She held that position concurrently with her roles as the Director of Communications and Director of Membership for the Kansas Medical Society (KMS), one of KHC’s two founding organizations along with the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA).
“Allison has been a tireless advocate for Kansas providers for her entire career—nearly 30 years,” said Lynn Fisher, MD, Chair of the KHC board. “In fact, she was among the leadership that helped create KHC in 2008. With her breadth of experience and proven track record of work on behalf of providers across our state, Allison is well positioned to successfully lead the KHC team. As providers navigate rapidly evolving circumstances in health care delivery, KHC will continue to be a critical resource for Kansas physicians and hospitals in their efforts to maximize patient safety and health care quality.”
KHC Update - May 2020
Patient and Family Advisor orientation video series: With feedback from many of our partners about needs and wishes for a resource that could be helpful to your Patient and Family Advisor programs, we have prepared an orientation video series. You can access the video at: www.khconline.org/pfa-orientation.
These animated videos (9-12 min. each) are designed so that your hospital can incorporate them into your PFA orientation programs. Most likely, these videos also would be worthwhile to view by your hospital staff members who also are working with PFAs.
CDC webinar: Update and Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations
The CDC's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) will host a webinar/conference call on current information about COVID-19 and provide clinicians with updated information on implementing infection prevention and control measures, assessing risks for exposures, and optimizing the use of personal protective equipment supplies.
Coronavirus Resources for Kansas
As developments surrounding COVID-19 rapidly evolve, it is more critical than ever to rely on trusted resources for the latest, accurate information.
We recognize Kansas physicians are on the front lines of this pandemic and we intend to be available to support you however we can. KHC is monitoring state and federal guidance and other information and will post high-level summaries here.
Webinar: Infection Prevention in Uncertain Times
Join us to learn how to assess your facility's infection prevention and control program and use resources to address the current concern for infectious disease transmission including COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
RFP: Kansas Overdose Data to Action Program
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative—in partnership with Kansas Department of Health and Environment—is soliciting applications from hospitals and health systems interested in participating in a project to identify provider needs related to opioid use and pain management and in implementing evidence-based interventions, including opioid overdose protocols, policies, and procedures. The interventions will engage ED staff and community partners to promote referrals to evidence-based treatment and community resources.
Coffeyville Regional: Improving early recognition and treatment of sepsis
Quality Improvement Goal: By January 1, 2020, the hospital aimed to improve to 100% adherence to all three-hour sepsis resuscitation treatment bundle guidelines.
Following a Joint Commission survey in December 2018, the team at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) realized they had taken an eye off the ball when it came to sepsis. They identified a gap in early identification of Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS) criteria and organ dysfunction, as well as implementing appropriate CMS sepsis core measure interventions—specifically nurse-driven interventions.
Labette Health slashed readmissions by 43% since 2012 — here's how
Quality improvement goal: Our goal was to reduce avoidable readmissions to as near to zero as possible.
We started in partnership with the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative in 2012 through the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 1.0, HEN 2.0, and the current Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). Since then, we have grown in how we approach and monitor performance improvement projects. Early on, this institution felt that readmissions reduction was a quality department-driven objective — but over the course of this and other projects, we have seen a culture change in institution. Directors and front-line staff see the quality department as a tool and as support for accomplishing ambitious goals.
Dramatically reducing patient falls at Osborne County Memorial Hospital
Quality Improvement Goal: Reduce patient falls with injury by 30% or more from 2018 to 2019.
The quality improvement team at Osborne County Memorial Hospital (OCMH) is led by Quality Improvement Coordinator Kristen Hadley. By participating in the statewide Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) led by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC), Hadley and her team have access to comparative data reports that help inform and guide the hospital’s quality improvement efforts.
“Our data reports indicated that we were coming in higher than the state average for falls,” Hadley said. “Leadership was on board from the beginning when we made a commitment and priority to preventing falls with injury.”
Health Quality Innovation Network
Expert Support for Your Team,
Better Health for Your Patients
Physicians, hospitals, pharmacists, and community Partners may join the QIN-QIO program in Kansas while the enrollment period is open.
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 now being formed and facilitated in targeted zip codes statewide by KHC quality improvement advisors.
Newman Regional Health: Improving transitions of care, reducing readmissions
Although readmission rates were already lower than their target, leadership at Newman Regional Health thought they could further reduce them.
Cathy Pimple is Chief Quality and Compliance Officer at the not-for-profit 25-bed critical access hospital in Emporia, owned by the citizens of Lyon County, Kansas. She said they recognized that those at highest risk for readmission in their community shared something in common.
“We recognized that our high-risk patients were individuals who had multiple chronic illnesses,” Pimple said. “So, in order to better address their needs, we developed an Advanced Illness Management (AIM) program, which was aimed at improving care transitions.”
Lindsborg clinic sees quick success boosting Medicare Wellness Visits
Annual Wellness Visits are a regular opportunity for Medicare patients and their physicians to give special attention to personalized prevention plan. Needed screenings are performed or scheduled, risk factors and treatment options are addressed, and diet, home safety, and available community resources can be discussed, among other things.
“It’s a time to give guidance or encouragement on important aspects of wellness that a provider and patient may not have time to discuss in a typical office visit,” said Karna Peterson, Clinic Manager at Family Health Care Clinic, which is part of Lindsborg Community Hospital.
Family Health Care Clinic (FHCC) was already exceeding the national average for percentage of patients getting Annual Wellness Visits (or AWVs), but they wanted to do better.
“We were seeing a lot of patients who weren’t taking advantage of all the screenings that they were eligible for, and the Annual Wellness Visit is a dedicated time to make sure that recommendations were done,” said Peterson. “I feel like it’s our duty as health care providers to help patients understand their benefits and the health care they have access to and can benefit from.”
2019 Kansas Pinnacle Practices
Five Kansas practices have been recognized as 2019 “Pinnacle Practices,” a distinction that comes with a $12,000 award.
Pinnacle Practices have excelled in efforts to steadily improve health care quality, safety, and value with patient-centered, evidence-based interventions. For example, they have employed person and family engagement, encouraging the patient and their family to partner with the medical staff in their care. Pinnacle Practices also have incorporated additional quality metrics and utilization metrics for national comparison and evaluation.
Children’s Health Network recognized with 2019 Leadership in Quality Award
When he found out Children’s Health Network (CHN) had won the 2019 Leadership in Quality Award, Senior Vice President and CHN Executive Director Bob Finuf knew what they’d do with part of the award’s $5,000 prize money:
Make 23 replicas of the award’s trophy—one for each of Children’s Health Network’s participating practices.
“It’s the practices that have done the heavy lift in order to achieve the aggregate results that we have realized so far. It’s their work this award recognizes," Finuf said.
The Leadership in Quality awards are presented annually by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. to health care providers and health care organizations to recognize leadership in quality improvement and patient safety. A cash prize of $5,000 is presented to the grand prize winner, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the KAMMCO Foundation.
The awards were presented at the 2019 Summit on Quality in Wichita by Jerry Slaughter on behalf of the KAMMCO Foundation board of directors.
The KHC Leadership in Quality Awards
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative Leadership in Quality Awards are presented annually to health care providers and health care organizations to recognize leadership and innovation in quality improvement and patient safety.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the KAMMCO Foundation, $5,000 will be presented to the grand prize winner. A Physician Champion and Award of Merit winners will also be recognized.