The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative will continue to lead hospital patient safety improvement efforts statewide on behalf of the Kansas Hospital Association as one of 32 state partners with the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association.
Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, through the Compass Practice Transformation Network (PTN) provides direct, in-person assistance to participating practices. Practices will have the opportunity to collaborate with clinician colleagues locally, regionally and nationally to accelerate innovative care strategies. There is no monetary cost for clinicians and practices to participate.
Health Care Personnel Influenza Immunization Toolkit
In an effort to reduce the spread of influenza and to protect the health of both patients and health care providers, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative recommends that all health care providers receive the seasonal influenza immunization.
KHC's 2015-16 statewide influenza immunization survey found that influenza immunization among health care workers continues to rise in Kansas. Read the news release here.
See resources below comprising KHC's online Immunization of Health Care Workers Toolkit for the 2016-17 influenza vaccination season. Check back often for additional items as they become available.
KHC works in collaboration with a number of partners throughout the state, the region, and the nation to promote quality, safety and value in health care.
KHC is pleased to work with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) on a variety of projects.
The expediency of the new regulation is not only a benefit to record keeping, but also to families. Claudia Ellerman, Wichita, sadly lost two family members within five months. Through that experience, she noted the benefit of a quickly accessible death certificate. Read more here
As of January 1, 2017, all death certificates in the state of Kansas must be filed electronically. To comply with this statutory change, all physicians who certify death certificates need to register with the Office of Vital Statistics at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
To submit electronic records to the state department of health, physicians and any of their designated assistants will need to have completed a user agreement application.
For additional information or training opportunities visit: http://www.kdheks.gov/vital/index.html or contact the Office of Vital Statistics, Diana Baldry, Chief of Registration, 785-296-1426.
(posted December 2016)
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)
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a series of workshops, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings. Participants demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations.
Babies born preterm, before 37 completed weeks of gestation, are at increased risk of immediate life-threatening health problems, as well as long-term complications and developmental delays. As a result of these risks, preterm birth is a leading cause of infant death and childhood disability. Although the risk of complications is greatest among those babies who are born the earliest, even those babies born “late preterm” (34 to 36 weeks’ gestation) and "early term" (37 and 38 weeks' gestation) are more likely than full-term babies to experience morbidity and mortality.
Recognizing Kansas hospitals’ achievements through the 39-plus Weeks Banner Program
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Family Health, the March of Dimes and the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) have joined together to encourage continued progress towards eliminating early elective deliveries (EED) in Kansas. Together, the organizations support Kansas birthing hospitals in adopting the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines that highlight the importance of allowing babies to reach 39 weeks gestation through the elimination of elective labor inductions and cesarean sections.Read More
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative has joined the final cohort of STRIVE, a 12-month program for hospitals interested in improving general infection prevention and control practices. All Kansas hospitals and LTACHs are eligible to join KHC in Cohort 4, starting June 2017.
STRIVE is a national initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and administered by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET). Hospitals will collaborate to work on practices that will reduce healthcare-associated infections, such as Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI), and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia.
STRIVE Onboarding Schedule
Links to join the webinars have been emailed to the STRIVE Cohort participants.