Health Quality Innovation Network

KHC HQIN

Expert Support for Your Team,
Better Health for Your Patients

KHC—in partnership with HQIN, the Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization in Kansas—is building collaborative community coalitions that include hospitals, clinicians, 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.

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Hospitals / Health Systems

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When you participate in HQIN, you join other local providers, organizations and agencies that are decreasing avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions by improving care coordination. Depending on your location, you may join an existing coalition or become a charter member of a new one focused on the special challenges of rural health.

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Physician Practices

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Join the thousands of physicians who are receiving five years of federally funded support to improve outcomes for patients with chronic conditions— which can lead to bigger performance payments from insurers. As an HQIN member, your primary care or specialty practice will build increased capacity for quality improvement and empower patients to become more involved in managing their own health.​

Other health services

Other Health Services

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Other health services include health departments, Area Agencies on Aging, emergency medical services, pharmacists, Home Health Agencies, hospice, and other medical providers who support patients, hospitals, and physicians in their efforts to manage chronic conditions and improve community health outcomes. As an HQIN member, you will join health care providers to build a healthier community with stronger systems for disease prevention, chronic disease management, and care coordination across health care settings.

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Community Partners

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HQIN participation engages partners statewide to build relationships and community coalitions to improve health care at the grass roots level. We are engaging community health care stakeholders statewide, such as community prevention coalitions, community health foundations, Area Councils on Aging, recreation commissions, and faith-based organizations. As a HQIN member, you will join your community’s health care providers to build a healthier community with stronger systems for disease prevention, chronic disease management, and care coordination across health care settings.

 


 

You will work on the priorities that make sense for your practice.
Most practices will not work on every priority.
Your Quality Improvement Advisor will help focus your efforts.




Practice Improvement Goals

Chronic Disease Self Management

Chronic Disease Self Management

  • Identify and manage people with chronic kidney disease to slow its progression.
  • Refer patients to CDC-recognized diabetes lifestyle change programs.
  • Bring hypertension, hyperlipidemia and hemoglobin A1c levels under control for more of your patients.
  • Help more of your patients quit smoking.
Care Transitions

Care Transitions

 You also can participate in your community’s Care Transitions Coalition to:

  • Reduce avoidable admissions and readmissions.
  • Reduce avoidable ED visits and admissions by super-utilizers.
  • Reduce avoidable admissions, readmissions, and super-utilization.
Behavioral Health and Opioids

Behavioral Health & Opioids

  • Implement best practices for pain management and opioid use.
  • Decrease opioid-related adverse drug events for patients who take high-risk medications* or have a behavioral health diagnosis.

    *Anticoagulants, diabetic medications, opioids, and antipsychotics.
Patient Safety

Patient Safety

  • Reduce adverse drug events for all patients.
  • Reduce adverse drug events for patients who take high-risk medications.*
  • Adopt antibiotic stewardship strategies to prevent C. difficile in the community.

    *Anticoagulants, diabetic medications, opioids, and antipsychotics.
Patient Engagement & Experience 

Patient Engagement & Experience

 When you work on any of these goals, you also will receive support and guidance to:

  • Activate patients for greater engagement in decision making and disease self-management.
  • Improve the way you deliver services to increase your patient experience of care ratings.



Questions or More Information

Contact your KHC Quality Improvement Advisor or Program Director Rosanne Rutkowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (785) 235-0763.

 

 

hospitals

Hospitals / Health Systems

Sign up at no cost today!

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phsycians

Physician Practices

Sign up at no cost today!

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Other health services

Other Health Services

Sign up at no cost today!

(PDF form)

communities

Community Partners

Sign up at no cost today!

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