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Kansas Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN)

Among its core initiatives, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative leads hospital patient safety improvement efforts statewide on behalf of the Kansas Hospital Association as one of 34 state partners with the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association.


KHC HIIN Overview

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Antibiotic Stewardship and HAIs

#UseAntibioticsWisely Awareness Week — Nov. 12-18, 2018

UseAntibioticsWiselyKDHE and KHC have developed a statewide campaign in observance of national Antibiotic Awareness Week. We invite health care providers and the public to participate within their facilities and communities. Resources are available to engage others through social media, display of posters, outreach to media and others.

→ "Know the Facts" poster (11x17 hi-res .pdf)
→ "Know the Facts" images and text for use on social media (.zip folder with 13 images and sample text for use on Twitter and Facebook)

Printed and laminated posters are available to interested PTN clinics and HIIN hospitals. For more information, contact Phil Cauthon at KHC: (785) 235-0763.

KDHE press release
"What's Got You Sick? Virus or Bacteria?" graphic from CDC
→ More awareness resources from CDC




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Gov. Jeff Colyer signs the "Use Antibiotics Wisely Week" proclamation for 2018, with partners from KDHE, KHC and the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care.

What's Got You Sick? Are Antibiotics Appropriate?

Antimicrobial Stewardship and HAI Prevention

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 is working with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to advance its Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program statewide. Antimicrobial Stewardship is also a patient safety focus area of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network.

A variety of learning opportunities and resources are available in support of efforts by hospitals, clinicians, and others who are leading this important work.

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Practice Transformation Network

Practice Transformation Network

Among its core initiatives, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative provides direct, in-person assistance to participating practices through the Compass Practice Transformation Network (PTN). Practices 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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HCP Immunization

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.

The results of its ninth annual statewide survey of hospital health care workers found that 93.6 percent of hospital personnel in Kansas received influenza vaccination during the 2016-17 flu season.

To read more about the 2016-2017 survey results, click here.

Survey Chart 2008 2017


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. 








Education and Resources

Kansas Healthcare Collaborative Webinar, June 24, 2015
Health Care Personnel Influenza Immunization: Tracking HCP influenza immunization in NHSN, hospital success story by Hays Medical Center

Kansas Healthcare Collaborative Webinar, September 23, 2015
Summary results: Annual Influenza Immunization Survey of Health Care Personnel, plus other topics.

Sample Hospital HCP Influenza Immunization Policies


Success Stories


For more information about the annual survey of Immunization of Hospital Health Care Personnel and resources to support your facility's immunization campaign, contact Michele Clark, KHC program director, at or 785-235-0763 x1321.


fellowshipsKHC Partnerships

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.

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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.

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

CME is now available for online training to complete death certificates

Beginning in January of 2018, participants can earn 1 CME for online training on how to complete death certificates in Kansas. The course, titled Quality Cause of Death for Kansas Death Records, is available through KDHE's learning management system, KS-Train. The course number is 1074055. The system is used to train healthcare professionals, emergency responders, public health officials, and many other professions across the state of Kansas. Individuals can create a user account at the new web address: If users have any questions or concerns, they can contact KDHE staff at 785-291-3457 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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,

(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

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: 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.)