Created: April 4, 2017
Written by Gary P
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.
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 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:
Additional KDHE-CDC Resources
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.
Electronic Death Certificates
CME is now available for online training to complete 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
Electronic Death Certificate filing reaches over 2,600 users
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.
(posted March 2017)
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
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, 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.
In June 2015, KQIP issued a recommendation 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.)