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Kansas Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN)

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.

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Thank you to all who attended the Kansas PTN Annual Learning Event!

Click here for more information and photos from the event

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.


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Health Care Personnel Influenza Immunization

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.

In December, KHC will release the results of its ninth annual statewide survey of hospital health care workers.  KHC's 2015-16 statewide influenza immunization survey found that influenza immunization among this group continued to rise in Kansas. To read more about the 2015-2016 survey results, click here.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released its 2017-18 Flu Campaign Toolkit.  Be sure to check it out as you gear up for the upcoming flu season.  In addition, see the CDC's new Digital Campaign Toolkit

KHC also has compiled a comprehensive, online toolkit in support of Hospital Health Care Personnel Influenza Immunization. 

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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.

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Health Systems and Community Linkages Project

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 health for persons with chronic disease including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. These efforts also include supporting programs to increase access to healthy foods, opportunities for physical activity, and to reduce tobacco use.

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The full Community Health Resource Guide with program details can be found here (pdf). Specific programs include:

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Group Leader Trainings

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.

The certified group leaders of the CDSMP Workshops are the heart of the program.  Anyone can become certified through a four-day training, free to PTN participants.  For training dates and more information, email KHC at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Electronic Death Certificates

KDHE and KHC prove an effective partnership

KDHE and KHC prove an effective partnership in encouraging the use of the Electronic Death Record System. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s Office of Vital Statistics recently recognized the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative for their successful joint partnership to encourage Kansas physicians to use the Electronic Death Record System.

In June, presenting to an audience of 250 at the National Association of Public Health Statistics and Information Systems in Memphis, TN, Kay Haug, Director and Assistant State Registrar for the Office of Vital Statistics, praised the partnership her office has with the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative. Through this partnership, KHC leadership assisted in reaching out to Kansas physicians and hospitals to promote EDRS, included information about the system in monthly and quarterly publications, and helped establish monthly hospital trainings across the state.

As of May, the Office of Vital Statistics reports over 2,700 physicians using the system.

The next challenge is to meet CDC's directive that 80 percent of all death events be filed within 10 days. For the month of June, the Office of Vital Statistics reports finishing at 65.8 percent of all death certificates being filed within ten days. During this summer season, the Office of Vital Statistics encourages vacationing physicians to coordinate timely processes for completing death certificates.

 The efficiency of electronically-filed Death Certificates is an aid to grieving family members

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

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Next goal:  Have death events filed in 10 days

Kansas physicians are successfully making the transition to filing death certificates electronically, since the requirements changed January 1st of this year.  The Office of Vital Statistics reports an impressive increase from less than 500 physicians using the VRVweb Electronic Death Record System in July of 2016 (the law effective date of HB 2518) to over 2,600 users as of March 2017. Partnering organizations, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, worked with facilities across the state to coordinate training opportunities to help physicians and staff comply with the mandate.  These efforts have proven successful.
The next challenge is to meet CDC's directive that 80 percent of all death events be filed within 10 days.  For the month of February 2017, the Office of Vital Statistics reported the highest completion month, ever, of 62.8 percent of death events being filed within 10 days.  Kansas is on its way to reach the 80 percent threshold.
Beginning January 1, 2017, the state of Kansas requires that all death certificates must be filed electronically.  To comply with this statutory change, all physicians who certify death certificates must register with the Office of Vital Statistics at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.  The links for registration and training can be found on the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative website, khconline.org/news.
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Electronic Death Certificate filing required as of January 2017

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.  

Click here for a PDF of the Physician User Agreement
Click here for a PDF of the Assistants User Agreement
Click here for a PDF of the EDRS Web Application Training Manual

Completed documents can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or faxed to 785-559-4217. Afterwards, you will receive an email with additional information to log on to the system.

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)

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)



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Early Elective Delivery (EED)

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.

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KHC supports 39+ weeks and the reduced number of Early Elective Deliveries (EED)

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.

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STRIVE - States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement

More than 20 Kansas hospitals are participating in the final cohort of STRIVE, a patient safety improvement program for hospitals working to improve general infection prevention and control practices. Acute care hospitals and LTACHs are participating in this 12-month program, which began in 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.

State partners in this initiative include Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, Kansas Foundation for Medical Care and the Kansas Department of Health & Environment.

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Links to join the webinars and to sign up for coaching calls have been emailed directly to the STRIVE Cohort 4 participants.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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