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KHC recognition of work in the AHA Performance Improvement Network

Congratulations on your work over these last four years in the AHA Performance Improvement Network (also known as the HIIN, or Hospital Improvement Innovation Network)! On behalf of the Kansas Health Collaborative, the Kansas Hospital Association, and the Kansas Medical Society, we are proud to have been your partner in this important work in patient safety and quality improvement.

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Education Archive - By Topic

 

Click on a topic in the table below to be taken to archived educational resources

Adverse Drug Events

Age-Friendly Health Care

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Culture of Safety

Data

Fall Prevention

Hand Hygiene

Health Equity/Disparities

Patient and Family Engagement

Pressure Injuries

Readmissions

Sepsis

Workplace Violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adverse Drug Events


Age-Friendly Health Care

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Culture of Safety

  • Bringing Fun to Patient Safety (4/24/2019)
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #9)
  • Transforming Cultures for Safety (8/2/2017)
    Regional webinar by South Central HIINergy Partners
    Webinar recording unavailable  | Webinar handout  |  Bedside shift report tools (pdf)
  • Spotlight on Leadership in Quality  (8/2/2017)
    Featuring Coffeyville Regional Medical Center, a recipient of the 2017 Leadership in Quality Award of Merit
    Webinar recording  | Webinar handout (topic begins slide #14)
  • The UP Campaign:  UP Your Game with HIIN with a focus on Get UP  (3/22/2017)
    Regional webinar by South Central HIINergy Partners
    Featuring Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, St. Louis, MO

    Webinar recording unavailable  | Webinar handout (topic begins slide #11)
  • The Power of Storytelling (2/27/2017)
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #16)
  • Getting Started in HIIN  (1/25/2017)
    Regional webinar by South Central HIINergy Partners
    Featuring Jefferson Regional Medical Center, Pine Bluff, AR

    Webinar recording unavailable  | Webinar handout (topic on slides #19-28)

Data

  • Reducing burden - Measures to be removed from HEN 1.0, HEN 2.0 and HIIN measure sets in QHi (6/26/2019)
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #11)  |  QHi Memorandum
  • Bringing the Board to Quality (5/23/2018)
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #30)
  • Introducing the HRET HIINprovement Calculator, Connecting Patient Safety Initiatives with Prevention of Harms and Cost (4/26/2017)
    Featuring hospital sharing by Labette Health, Morris County Hospital and Satanta District Hospital
    Transcript  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #10)

Fall Prevention

Hand Hygiene

Health Equity/Disparities

  • Journey to Health Equity (2/27/2019)
    Including hospital presentations by Anderson County Hospital and Phillips County Hospital
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #7) |  Equity of Care Toolkit
  • The Next Frontier:  Health Care Disparities  (9/27/2017)
    Regional webinar by South Central HIINergy Partners
    Featuring Kearny County Hospital, Lakin, Kansas
    Webinar recording not available  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #17)

 

Patient and Family Engagement

  • Don't forget your PFAC: Strategies for engaging PFAs during times of pandemic (6/24/2020)
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #13)
  • PFE - Beyond the Metrics: Implementing PFE Strategies that Improve Quality and Safety (7/24/2019)
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #22) |  Cross-cutting strategies
  • Patient and Family Advisor Programs (2/28/2018)
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #35, page 18)
  • Patient and Family Engagement:  Courting Patients and Families  (5/24/2017)
    Regional webinar by South Central HIINergy Partners
    Webinar recording not available |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #12)
  • Kick-off of Kansas PFAC Collaborative (Cohort 3)  (1/31/2017)
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #4)

 

Pressure Injuries

 

Readmissions

 

Sepsis

  • Best Practices in Sepsis and Hospital Success Story:  Coffeyville Regional Medical Center (2/26/2020)
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #27) |  Success story
  • Reducing Sepsis Readmissions (1/31/2018)
    including overview of learnings from Sepsis SNAP: Sepsis Transfers from CAH to Tertiary hospitals
    Featuring Wesley Medical Center and Ransom Memorial Hospital
    Webinar recording  |  Webinar handout (topic begins slide #20)
  • SEPSIS: Nursing and Front-line Staff Empowerment for Early Identification and Prompt Treatment (11/15/2017)
    Regional webinar by South Central HIINergy Partners
    Webinar recording unavailable  |  Webinar handout

 

Workplace Violence

  • KHA De-escalation Webinar Series (Part 1 of 3) (10/22/2019)
    Sticks and Stones and Getting Along:  Controlling Conflict with Communication
    Webinar recording (87 min.)  |  Webinar handout
  • KHA De-escalation Webinar Series (Part 2 of 3) (11/12/2019)
    All Patients Are Unique (Just Some More than Others)
    Webinar recording (80 min.)  |  Webinar handout
  • KHA De-escalation Webinar Series (Part 1 of 3) (12/10/2019)
    S E C U R I T Y:  Who is Responsible?  (Hint:  It's Someone You Know)
    Webinar recording (87 min.)  |  Webinar handout

 

Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)

The terms medical home, patient centered medical home, health home, and other versions are often used interchangeably to refer to models for care management or primary care delivery.

While these terms share common origins and underlying concepts, it can be confusing to understand how specific programs differ from one another. The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative developed a white paper, “Medical Home Concept Versus Medicaid Health Home,” to help health care providers and other stakeholders understand the similarities and differences between two models currently being implemented in Kansas, the Medicaid Health Home and the Patient Centered Medical Home.

→ The KHC team includes Quality Improvement Advisors that are trained and Certified Content Experts in the Patient Centered Medical Home model. They are available to assist Kansas practices interested in or currently working toward becoming a Patient Centered Medical Home. For more information, please contact KHC Program Director Rosanne Rutkowski at (785) 235-0763 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Patient Centered Medical Home

The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is a promising approach to improving primary care delivery. The PCMH aims to improve quality, reduce cost, and improve the experience of patients, caregivers, and health care professionals.

As defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the medical home encompasses five functions and attributes:

1. Comprehensive Care

The primary care medical home is accountable for meeting the large majority of each patient’s physical and mental health care needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care, and chronic care. Providing comprehensive care requires a team of care providers. This team might include physicians, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, social workers, educators, and care coordinators. Although some medical home practices may bring together large and diverse teams of care providers to meet the needs of their patients, many others, including smaller practices, will build virtual teams linking themselves and their patients to providers and services in their communities.

More about Comprehensive Care >>

2. Patient-Centered

The primary care medical home provides health care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person. Partnering with patients and their families requires understanding and respecting each patient’s unique needs, culture, values, and preferences. The medical home practice actively supports patients in learning to manage and organize their own care at the level the patient chooses. Recognizing that patients and families are core members of the care team, medical home practices ensure that they are fully informed partners in establishing care plans.

More about Patient-Centered Care >>

3. Coordinated Care

The primary care medical home coordinates care across all elements of the broader health care system, including specialty care, hospitals, home health care, and community services and supports. Such coordination is particularly critical during transitions between sites of care, such as when patients are being discharged from the hospital. Medical home practices also excel at building clear and open communication among patients and families, the medical home, and members of the broader care team.

More about Coordinated Care >>

4. Accessible Services

The primary care medical home delivers accessible services with shorter waiting times for urgent needs, enhanced in-person hours, around-the-clock telephone or electronic access to a member of the care team, and alternative methods of communication such as email and telephone care. The medical home practice is responsive to patients’ preferences regarding access.

More about Accessible Services >>

5. Quality and Safety

The primary care medical home demonstrates a commitment to quality and quality improvement by ongoing engagement in activities such as using evidence-based medicine and clinical decision-support tools to guide shared decision making with patients and families, engaging in performance measurement and improvement, measuring and responding to patient experiences and patient satisfaction, and practicing population health management. Sharing robust quality and safety data and improvement activities publicly is also an important marker of a system-level commitment to quality.

More about Quality and Safety >>

Careers

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Currently there are no open positions at KHC

 

Education Archive - By Date

2020

July 22, 2020 - KHC Monthly Webinar
K-TRACS:  Kansas' Prescription Drug Monitoring Program
   * Alexandra Blasi, MBA, JD, Executive Director, Kansas Board of Pharmacy
  * Jennifer Donelly, MPH, K-TRACS Assistant Director
  * Reyne Kenton, K-TRACS Program Manager

June 24, 2020 - KHC Monthly Webinar
Don't forget your PFAC: Strategies for engaging patients and family advisors during times of pandemic
   * Tanya Lord, PhD, MPH, Director of Patient and Family Engagement, Foundation for Healthy Communities
   * Cody Utz, RT (R), RDMS, RVT, RDCS, Director of Patient Care Services and Quality, Holton Community Hospital

May 20, 2020 - KHC Monthly Webinar
Beyond HIIN:  Moving  Forward in 2020
-- HQIN Program Update
-- Update on CMS National Initiatives:  HQIN, CQIC and HQIC
-- KHC HIIN Wrap-Up, including hospital recognition, data FAQs, and summary of KHC HIIN Hospital Feedback Survey

No webinar held in April.

March 25, 2020 - KHC HIIN Webinar
-- Hospital Success Stories:  Hand Hygiene Collaborative
   * Community Healthcare System, Inc., Onaga, KS
   * Ness County Hospital District No. 2, Ness City, KS

February 26, 2020 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Sepsis
-- Hospital Success Story:  Coffeyville Regional Medical Center
-- Best Practices in Sepsis by Maryanne Whitney, Cynosure Health

February 4, 2020 - KHC HIIN Anticoagulation Safety Mini-Sprint

January 22, 2020 - KHC HIIN Webinar
KHC HIIN Hospital Success Stories
-- How Labette Health slashed readmissions by 43 percent since 2012
-- How Osborne County Memorial Hospital dramatically reduced patient falls from 2018 to 2019

2019

December 18, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Anticoagulation Safety:  Avoiding High INRs:  What's the Secret?
Mini-Sprint Kick-off:  Anticoagulation Safety

December 10, 2019 - KHA De-escalation Webinar Series (Part 3 of 3)
S E C U R I T Y: Who Is Responsible?  (Hint:  It's Someone You Know)

November 20, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Antibiotic Stewardship in Kansas -- Part 2 of 2:  Hospital Sharing

November 12, 2019 - KHA De-escalation Webinar Series (Part 2 of 3)
All Patients Are Unique (Just Some More than Others)

October 23, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Antibiotic Stewardship in Kansas -- Part 1 of 2:  Statewide Hospital Progress

October 22, 2019 - KHA De-escalation Webinar Series (Part 1 of 3)
Sticks and Stones and Getting Along:  Controlling Conflict with Communication

September 25, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Age-Friendly Health Initiative and the 4M Framework

August 28, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Overview of new KHC HIIN data analytic reports for hospitals;
Four Key Strategies for Reducing Avoidable Readmissions

July 24, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Patient and Family Engagement -- Beyond the Metrics:
Implementing PFE Strategies that Improve Quality and Safety

June 26, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Reducing burden - Measures to be removed from HEN 1.0, HEN 2.0 and HIIN measure sets in QHi

May 22, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Adverse Drug Events - Hypoglycemic Management

April 24, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Bringing Fun to Patient Safety and HIIN Option Period Updates

March 27, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Kansas Falls Sprint Summary and Hospital Sharing
Sharing of hospital project summaries

March 21, 2019 - KHC HIIN Falls Prevention Sprint - Session #6
Sustainability, Sharing of hospital project summaries

February 28, 2019 - KHC HIIN Falls Prevention Sprint - Session #5
Additional strategies and resources for preventing falls with injury

February 27, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Journey to Health Equity

January 24, 2019 - KHC HIIN Falls Prevention Sprint - Session #4
Post-fall huddles

January 23, 2019 - KHC HIIN Webinar
HAPI Update for hospital-acquired pressure ulcers/injuries:
Data, prevalence studies and best practices


2018

December 19, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Workplace Violence

December 13, 2018 - KHC HIIN Falls Prevention Sprint - Session #3
Validating patient/family understanding, conducting bedside hand-offs

November 30, 2018 - KHC HIIN Falls Prevention Sprint - Session #2
Developing an aim statement, Top 10 checklist, conducting bedside observations

November 28, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Accelerating Progress on Disparities

October 24, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Kick-off of the KHC HIIN Falls Prevention Sprint (Session #1)

October 22, 2018 - KHC HIIN PFA/PFAC Collaborative Webinar
KHC quarterly webinar for PFA/PFAC Collaborative and launch of six-month extension of cohort 4.

September 26, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
KHC HIIN progress through Year 2, information about the HIIN Extension, resources and upcoming events

August 22, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Peer-to-peer sharing featuring two of the projects (one on falls and one on readmissions) conducted by graduates of the 2018 HRET HIIN Quality Improvement Fellowship: Tina Capeder, MBA, Anderson County Hospital, and Tammy Cunningham, RN, BSN, Olathe Health System

July 25, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Follow up to June 27 Sepsis Champion Workshop: Advancing Your Knowledge
Plus, Sepsis Transfer SNAP Learnings and an introduction to KFMC's new Sepsis-Readmissions Report for Kansas hospitals

May 23, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Bringing the Board to Quality

May 15, 2018 - Kansas Workshop for Hospital Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
Held in Manhattan, Kansas, featuring Dr. Steve Tremain, physician improvement advisor, Cynosure Health

April 25, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Preventing Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers/Injuries:  Building Skill and Will at the Bedside

March 28, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Post-fall Management:  Getting to Types of Falls, Repeat Falls and Determining Preventability

February 28, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Patient and Family Advisor Programs

January 31, 2018 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Reducing Sepsis Readmissions

 2017

December 20, 2017 - KHC HIIN Webinar
A Fresh Look at Fall Injury Prevention

November 15, 2017 - South Central HIINergy Partners
Sepsis: Nursing and Front-Line Staff Empowerment for Early Identification and Prompt Treatment

November 14, 2017 - HRET HIIN Roadshow, Salina, KS
This day-long workshop conducted by the Health Research & Educational Trust brought national faculty to central Kansas. With a focus on readmissions and healthcare disparities, it was customized to meet the needs of hospitals participating in the KHC Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). 

Attendees at RoadShow Nov 2017


 October 25, 2017 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Antimicrobial Stewardship

September 27, 2017 - South Central HIINergy Partners
The Next Frontier: Health Care Disparities

August 23, 2017 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Focus on Readmissions

August 2, 2017 - South Central HIINergy Partners
Transforming Cultures for Safety

June 28, 2017 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Coffeyville Regional Medical Center quality program
#123 Equity Pledge and KFMC’s new Readmissions Disparities Report

May 24, 2017 - South Central HIINergy Partners
Patient and Family Engagement:  Courting Patients and Families

April 26, 2017 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Introducing the new HRET HIINprovement Calculator and Communicating value in patient safety

March 22, 2017 - South Central HIINergy Partners
The UP Campaign: UP Your Game with HIIN, with a focus on Get UP

February 22, 2017 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Power of Storytelling

January 25, 2017 - South Central HIINergy Partners
Getting Started in HIIN

January 31, 2017 - KHC HIIN PFAC Kickoff

2016

December 2016 - KHC HIIN Webinar
Getting HIINergized

November 2016 - KHC HIIN Data Office Hours

October 2016 - KHC HIIN Webinar Kickoff
Kickoff meeting for the new Hospital Improvement Innovation Network initiative

August 2016 - Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
Award-winning patient safety initiatives at Holton Community Hospital and Newton Medical Center

July 2016 - Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
Follow-up to regional PFE workshops from June 2015

June 2016 Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
2016 Leadership in Quality Award Winner - Labette Health

April 2016 - Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
Fall Prevention and Medicare Quality-Based Payment Reform 

March 2016 - Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
Health Literacy and Teach Back 

 2015

 

September 2015 - Kansas HEN Webinar
Patient & Family Engagement

June 2015 - Kansas HEN Webinar
Health Care Personnel Influenza Immunization

April 2015 - Kansas HEN Webinar 
Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative; Kansas HEN Data and Reports update

March 2015 - Kansas HEN Webinar
Early elective delivery prevention; Kansas HEN Data update

February 2015 - Kansas HEN Webinar
Patient and family engagement, Tiffany's story, KHC PFAC Collaborative

 

HEN Education Archive 2015

2015 Kansas HEN Meeting archives

December 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar -- HEN 2.0
Additional HEN 2.0 announcements, data and measures, and details

October 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar -- HEN 2.0 (cont.)
Additional HEN 2.0 announcement and details

October 6, 2015 Kansas HEN Kickoff Webinar
HEN 2.0 announcement and details

September 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar
Patient & Family Engagement

August 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar
Hospital Engagement Network 2.0

June 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar
Health Care Personnel Influenza Immunization

May 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar
Hospital quality report cards and honor rolls

April 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar
Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative; Kansas HEN Data and Reports update

March 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar
Early elective delivery prevention; Kansas HEN Data update

February 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar
Patient and family engagement, Tiffany's story, KHC PFAC Collaborative

 January 2015 Kansas HEN Webinar
Celebrating successes, 2015 updates, Olathe Health Systems' approach to performance excellence

HEN 2.0 Education Archive 2016

Kansas HEN 2.0 Meeting Archives

August 2016 Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar

Award-winning patient safety initiatives at Holton Community Hospital and Newton Medical Center

July 2016 Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar

Follow-up to regional PFE workshops from June 2015

June 2016 Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
2016 Leadership in Quality Award Winner - Labette Health

May 2016 Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
Sepsis

April 2016 Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
Fall Prevention and Medicare Quality-Based Payment Reform 

March 2016 Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
Health Literacy and Teach Back 

February 2016 Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
 Connecting the Process to the Outcome 

January 2016 Kansas HEN 2.0 Webinar
Sepsis, NHSN Update, HEN 2.0 Measures Update

 

KHC HIIN Education Archive

KHC offers monthly webinars for the Kansas Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. To participate in the live events, please visit the KHC Events page to pre-register.  Each event is recorded, and links to the recording and handouts are below.

South-Central HIINergy Partners - May 24, 2017
"Engagement -- Courting Patients and Families"

 

KHC HIIN Hand Hygiene Collaborative - May 4, 2017

 

KHC HIIN Webinar - April 26, 2017
"Communicating progress and value in patient safety"

 

South-Central HIINergy PartnersMarch 22, 2017
"The UP Campaign:  UP Your Game with HIIN, with a focus on Get UP"

 

KHC HIIN Webinar - February 22, 2017
"#WhyImHIIN and the Power of Story Telling"

 

South-Central HIINergy Partners - January 25, 2017
"Getting Started in HIIN"

 

KHC HIIN Webinar - December 7, 2016
"Getting HIINergized!"

 

Data Office Hours KHC HIIN Webinar - November 30, 2016

 

October 2016 KHC HIIN Webinar 

Kickoff meeting for the new Hospital Improvement Innovation Network initiative.

 

Sepsis Toolkit

More information coming soon.

National Quality Strategy

  • Established by the Affordable Care Act to improve the delivery of health care services, patient health outcomes, and population health

  • First published in 2011 and serves as a nationwide effort to improve health and health care across America

  • Designed by public and private stakeholders and provides an opportunity to align quality measures and quality improvement activities

2017 KHC Board of Directors

KHC 2017 Board of Directors

KHC 2017 Board of Directors

Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC)

pfacPatient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC)

KHC has conducted four cohorts since 2015

From 2015 to 2019, KHC conducted four cohorts of the KHC HIIN PFAC Collaborative, offering support and national faculty to assist Kansas hospitals develop patient and family advisory councils (PFACs) and patient and family advisor programs.  The majority of Kansas hospitals have participated in one or more cohorts of the PFA/PFAC Collaborative.

Many resources have been developed and shared during this time, including an online, living toolkit based on the 7 Steps for Sustainability, as well as a series of supportive training videos.  These resources, as well as recorded webinars and other resources are available to hospitals in the KHC HIIN.  Contact the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative for access information, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (785) 235-0763.


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Resources

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.  AHRQ is a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

http://www.ahrq.gov/


American Hospital Association

The American Hospital Association is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks and their patients and communities.

http://www.aha.org/


American Medical Association

American Medical Association’s mission is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

www.ama-assn.org/ama


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury and disability.  CDC is a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services

http://www.cdc.gov/


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with state governments to administer Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and health insurance portability standards.  CMS is a division of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

http://www.cms.gov/ 


The Commonwealth Fund

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable.

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/ 


Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) - "Quality 101"

HIMSS is transforming health care through IT.  Quality 101 is offered by the HIMSS Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes Committee as an introduction to the growing field of quality measures, standards of care, and evidence-based medicine.

http://www.himss.org/quality101


HealthyPeople.gov

Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. For 3 decades, Healthy People has established benchmarks and monitored progress over time in order to encourage collaborations across sectors, guide individuals toward making informed health decisions and measure the impact of prevention activities.

http://www.healthypeople.gov


Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is an independent nonprofit organization helping to lead the improvement of health care throughout the world.

http://www.ihi.org/ihi 


Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public and serve as an advisor to the nation to improve health.

http://www.iom.edu/ 


The Joint Commission

The Joint Commission is an independent, nonprofit organization whom accredits and certifies more than 17,000 health care organization and programs in the United States.

http://www.jointcommission.org/


Joint Commission Resources

For more than twenty years, there’s one organization to which over 10,000 hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, laboratories, and other health care organizations around the world have turned to Joint Commission Resources for patient safety and quality improvement resources.

http://www.jcrinc.com


National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s mission is to improve the safety of patients.  It is the indispensable resource for individuals and organizations committed to improving the safety of patients

http://www.npsf.org/


National Quality Forum

National Quality Forum is a nonprofit organization that aims to improve the quality of healthcare for all Americans by setting national priorities and goals for performance improvement, endorsing national consensus standards for measuring and publicly reporting on performance, and promoting the attainment of national goals through education and outreach programs.

http://www.qualityforum.org/


National Quality Measures Clearinghouse (NQMC)

NQMC is a public resource for evidence-based quality measures and measure sets from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  Quality Measures is a database of measure sets for practitioners, health delivery systems, and health care providers, with standardized abstracts and ordering details.

http://www.qualitymeasures.ahrq.gov  


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

http://www.hhs.gov/


Why Not The Best?

Why Not The Best was created and is maintained by the Commonwealth Fund.  It is a free resource for health care professionals interested in tracking performance on various measures of health care quality.  It enables organizations to compare their performance against that of peer organizations, and against a range of benchmarks, and over time.

http://www.whynotthebest.org/

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: A Profile

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America's health care system. AHRQ develops the knowledge, tools, and data needed to improve the health care system and help Americans, health care professionals, and policymakers make informed health decisions.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

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What is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality?

What is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality?

What We Do

In 1999, an Institute of Medicine report, "To Err Is Human," documented serious patient safety problems in our health care system. In the intervening years, AHRQ has led the Nation in responding to those issues and improving the safety of health care.

Using AHRQ's research and how-to tools, the U.S. health care system prevented 1.3 million errors, saved 50,000 lives, and avoided $12 billion in wasteful spending from 2010–2013. But, even with these successes, safety is far from optimal, and AHRQ's work continues.


What are AHRQ’s areas of focus?

  • AHRQ invests in research on the Nation's health delivery system that goes beyond the "what" of health care to understand "how" to make health care safer and improve quality...
    • There aren't enough specialists to treat everyone who needs care, especially in rural and underserved communities. AHRQ funded an innovative model, called Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes), for training and supporting primary care clinicians in rural communities to provide specialized care for their patients. This model has flourished, receiving ongoing funding from the State of New Mexico, spreading to other States, and expanding from its initial focus on hepatitis C into new clinical areas, including mental health and substance abuse, and HIV. It has also been adopted by the Veterans Health Administration as a tool for expanding access to high-quality care for veterans across the country.
    • AHRQ's Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) is a structured protocol and suite of implementation tools that helps hospitals rework their discharge processes to reduce readmissions by determining patients' needs and carefully designing and communicating discharge plans. Hospitals using these tools have seen a 30 percent reduction in hospital readmissions and emergency rooms visits.
    • AHRQ recently funded three Centers of Excellence to study how high-performing health care systems promote evidence-based practices in delivering care. Health systems in the United States vary tremendously in their ability to produce outcomes that patients care about, such as those for cardiovascular risk factors. However, we know very little about which systems are doing a good job, or about how those systems are achieving superior outcomes. The AHRQ project will help close this research gap and produce information that can be used by health systems throughout the United States to improve patient outcomes.
  • AHRQ creates materials to teach and train health care systems and professionals to put the results of research into practice. 
    • AHRQ supported the development of the Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP), a highly effective method of preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). CUSP combines improvement in safety culture, teamwork, and communication together with a checklist of proven practices for preventing HAIs. AHRQ has promoted the use of CUSP in a series of nationwide projects that addressed various HAIs and produced CUSP toolkits to help clinicians prevent these infections. CUSP was implemented in more than 1,000 U.S. intensive care units (ICUs) to prevent deadly central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI). ICUs that used CUSP methods and tools were able to reduce these bloodstream infections by 41 percent, preventing over 2,100 CLABSI cases, saving more than 500 lives, and avoiding more than $36 million in excess costs. CUSP tools are free, and available on the AHRQ Web site to be adapted and used based on the specific setting.
    • In 2015 AHRQ launched an initiative to directly bring the latest scientific research, tools, and support to over 5,000 primary care physicians that will improve the care for over 8 million Americans. AHRQ awarded seven large grants to establish EvidenceNOW, an initiative aligned with Million Hearts® that will provide practice support to over 5,000 primary care physicians with the goal of improving the heart health of millions of patients and improving the capacity of the practices to incorporate new research findings and information into practice.
    • AHRQ, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, developed TeamSTEPPS®, a training program designed for health care professionals to improve patient safety, communication, and teamwork skills. AHRQ has trained more than 1,500 individual organizations in the United States through this program and is continuing to provide free training around the country. To increase training capacity, AHRQ has shared the curriculum and tools with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which has tasked the Nation's Quality Improvement Organizations to disseminate this training further throughout the country.
  • AHRQ generates measures and data used by providers and policymakers. 
    • Data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project helped to highlight a jump in hospitalizations among Medicare, Medicaid, and private-pay patients for overuse of opioids. AHRQ showed that hospitalization rates more than doubled between 1993 and 2012, when there were more than 700,000 Americans hospitalized for opioid overuse. This warning contributed to HHS' launch of a major multipronged initiative to reduce opioid abuse in 2015.
    • AHRQ created and maintains the gold-standard suite of surveys, called the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, which provide valid assessments of patients' experience of care in hospitals, nursing homes, and doctors' offices. The hospital industry, patients, and CMS chose the hospital version of the AHRQ survey to be the measure for all of the patient experience elements for CMS' Hospital Quality Initiative. CMS incorporates these results into the Hospital Compare Web tool and its five-star rating system.
    • AHRQ's Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data helped the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission develop estimates of eligibility for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program; the Congressional Budget Office also uses AHRQ data in its estimates of the budgetary impact of many Congressional proposals.

How will AHRQ make health care safer and better tomorrow?

AHRQ is beginning work to tackle some of the health care system's greatest challenges, including: 

  • Reducing antibiotic overuse and eliminating health care-associated infections.
  • Improving care for people with multiple chronic conditions.
  • Incorporating the latest research findings into electronic health records to facilitate clinical decisionmaking.
  • Discovering how to better provide opioid addiction treatment services in rural communities.

Curriculum Tools

AHRQ offers several curriculum tools that health care professionals can use to make care safer and improve their communication and teamwork skills. Information on these tools is provided here.

Tools and lessons from the Academic Chronic Care Collaborative are provided here for adaptation in teaching medical residents and improving care for patients with chronic illnesses.

Advancing Pharmacy Health Literacy Practices Through Quality Improvement: Curricular Modules for Faculty is a set of modules to help pharmacy faculty integrate health literacy and health literacy quality improvement into courses, experiential education, and projects for PharmD students and pharmacy residents. The curricular modules can be used for lectures, seminars, laboratory classes, and experiential education. The modules consist of 17 activity guides with 4 accompanying PowerPoint® presentations. Each activity guide includes a list of further resources.

TeamSTEPPS® is an evidence-based teamwork system aimed at optimizing patient outcomes by improving communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals. It includes a comprehensive set of ready-to-use materials and a training curriculum to successfully integrate teamwork principles into any health care system.

This implementation guide is a tool for continuing care retirement community (CCRC) staff to implement the Staying Healthy Through Education and Prevention (STEP) program. The STEP program is an evidence-based exercise program focusing on walking and strength training for seniors. This guide provides the information, tools, curricular material, and other resources needed to successfully implement the STEP program in CCRCs.

Tools and lessons from the Academic Chronic Care Collaborative are provided here for adaptation in teaching medical residents and improving care for patients with chronic illnesses.

These tools will help your unit implement evidence-based practices and eliminate central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI). When used with the CUSP (Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program) Toolkit, these tools dramatically reduced CLABSI rates in more than 1,000 hospitals across the country.

The Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) toolkit includes training tools to make care safer by improving the foundation of how your physicians, nurses, and other clinical team members work together. It builds the capacity to address safety issues by combining clinical best practices and the science of safety.

Shared Decisionmaking Toolkit

A five-step process for shared decision making that includes exploring and comparing the benefits, harms, and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient.

Step 1: Seek your patient's participation.
Step 2: Help your patient explore and compare treatment options.
Step 3: Assess your patient's values and preferences.
Step 4: Reach a decision with your patient.
Step 5: Evaluate your patient's decision.

Population Health: Behavioral and Social Science Insights

This book comprises 23 chapters focused on what we know and what is still to be learned about the effects of various behavioral and social factors on longevity, disability and illness, and quality of life, primarily at the population level. Factors such as access to health care, educational attainment, nutrition, physical activity, use of tobacco products, and non-communicable diseases are considered, along with many other determinants of health and longevity. Several chapters focus on improving methods for behavioral and social science research. In addition, many of the authors examine the state of Americans' health and well-being and our return on investment in health care expenditures in comparison with other developed and developing countries.

June 23, 2014

What’s inside?

Kansas Updates

  • June Kansas HEN webinar to focus on quality resources for leadership
  • June HEN engagement reports sent Friday
  • KHC scheduling site visits
  • Reminder: HEN data due by end of month

National Updates

  • AHA/HRET Improvement Leader Fellowship Session Four this week
  • Save the date: Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, February 2015

Upcoming Events/Webinars

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July 28, 2014

What’s inside?

Kansas Updates

  • Effective ADE data strategies focus of July 30 HEN webinar
  • Registration open for Lean workshops
  • Nominate your coworkers for KHC Leadership in Quality Awards

National Updates

  • ILF Session Five -- July 30
  • HRET offers ADE re-boot camps in August

Upcoming Events/Webinars

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February 3, 2014

What’s inside?

 

Kansas Updates

  • Kansas HEN renews 94 percent of hospitals
  • 2014 Kansas HEN measurement document available
  • QHi ready to accept data for new measures
  • Next Kansas HEN webinar, February 26

National Updates

  • HRET Readmissions Boot Camp, this week
  • HRET Adverse Drug Events Boot Camp in February

Upcoming Events/Webinars

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Hospital-led Initiatives

Among its core initiatives, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative leads hospital patient safety improvement efforts statewide.

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Provider-led Initiatives

KHC’s Quality Improvement Advisors (QIAs) are available to work with providers and clinics across Kansas, with support tailored to your practice’s needs.

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Previous Initiatives

KHC has successfully led a number of intiatives to support our hospitals and partnerships in their efforts to improve quality and safety.

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Kansas Healthcare Collaborative Staff


Allison Peterson DeGroff
Allison DeGroff, BA
Executive Director
(785) 235-2383
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Treva Borcher
Treva Borcher
Project Specialist
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1338)
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Phil Cauthon
Phil Cauthon, MS
Communications Director
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1322)
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Michele Clark
Michele Clark,
MBA, CPHQ, CPPS, ABC

Program Director
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1321)
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Eric CookWiens
Eric Cook-Wiens, MPH, CPHQ
Data and Measurement Director
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1324)
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Jill Daughhetee
Jill Daughhetee, CMPE, PCMH CCE
Quality Improvement Advisor
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1335)
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Azucena Gonzalez
Azucena Gonzalez, BA
Health Care Quality Data Analyst
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1330)
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Malea Hartvickson,
MHCL, CPHQ, PCMH CCE

Quality Improvement Advisor
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 8208)
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Mandy Johnson
Mandy Johnson, MBA
Quality Improvement Advisor
(316) 681-8200
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Rhonda Lassiter
Rhonda Lassiter, AA, CAP, OM
Executive Assistant/Office Manager
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1323)
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Roseanne Rutkowski 
Rosanne Rutkowski, MPH, BSN, RN
Program Director
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Patty Thomsen
Patty Thomsen,
BSN, RN, CCM, PCMH CCE, CPHQ

Quality Improvement Advisor
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1331)
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Rebecca Thurman
Rebecca Thurman, RHIA
Quality Improvement Advisor
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Board of Directors

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Samer "Sam" Antonios, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Ascension Via Christi St. Francis
Wichita, Kansas

Sam Antonios, MD is a physician leader serving at Ascension Via Christi St. Francis. He is the Chief Medical Officer for Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita and Medical Director for Information Systems. In his role, he provides oversight for the operations of the Medical Staff, clinical services and works collaboratively with all stakeholders at Via Christi to improve quality and delivery of Via Christi’s mission.

He is a Board Certified internist, hospitalist and is a Certified Physician Executive from the American Association for Physician Leadership.

Thomas Bell

Thomas L. Bell
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kansas Hospital Association
Topeka, Kansas

Tom Bell is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA), which co-founded KHC with the Kansas Medical Society. Tom began his career at KHA in 1986 as Vice President and legal counsel. He became President of KHA in January 2005. Mr. Bell is a graduate of Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.  He is a member of the Kansas Bar Association; the American Health Lawyers Association; and the Kansas Society of Association Executives.

Joseph Stratton

Debbie Bruner, MHA
Chief Executive Officer and Administrator
Minneola Healthcare
Minneola, Kansas

Debbie Bruner, MHA, has been Chief Executive Officer and Administrator of Minneola Healthcare in Minneola since 2012. A transformational leader, much of Debbie’s expertise lies in quality, risk, patient experience, and operational performance. Collaborating with the Kansas Frontier Clinical Health Improvement Network on projects has resulted in integration of mental health, improved patient experience, patient outcomes, and chronic care management. She secured USDA funding and successfully facilitated the Minneola Healthcare team through a renovation and new construction project. A passion for service excellence, Debbie continues to lead successful cultural transformation with the Minneola Healthcare team. Through her leadership and focus on all outcomes, her organization has been recognized by the National Rural Health Association as a Top 20 Performer in Quality and Patient Satisfaction. Debbie holds a Master in Healthcare Administration from the University of Southern Indiana.

Liz Carlton

Elizabeth Carlton, MSN, RN,  CCRN-K, CPHQ, CPPS
Vice President: Quality & Safety
The University of Kansas Health System

Liz Carlton leads The University of Kansas Health System's focus on quality and patient safety initiatives, specifically focused on the quest for zero patient harm and empowering health care professionals to provide the best and safest care for the patients they serve. Liz received her BSN from Texas Woman’s University, and a Master’s in Nursing (Adult Geriatric Clinical Nurse Specialist) from the University of Kansas. Liz has more than 30 years of experience with clinical expertise in adult critical care. She is certified in Critical Care, Hospital Quality, and Patient Safety. In addition, she has expertise in program development with a focus on quality and outcomes management in a regulatory environment. In her spare time, she loves spending time with family, including her children and grandchildren; boating, camping, and riding motorcycles.

Rachelle Colombo

Rachelle Colombo
Executive Director
Kansas Medical Society
Topeka, Kansas

Rachelle Colombo is Executive Director of the Kansas Medical Society (KMS), which co-founded KHC with the Kansas Hospital Association. Previously, she was Director of Government Affairs for KMS for more than eight years and has worked in the Kansas Statehouse in a variety of other positions. Rachelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

Craig Concannon

Craig A. Concannon, MD
Internal Medicine
Beloit Medical Center, P.A.
Beloit, Kansas

Craig Concannon, MD currently practices Internal Medicine at Beloit Medical Center, P.A. Dr. Concannon earned his degree in Medicine from the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine in Wichita. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas and affiliated hospitals in Wichita. Dr. Concannon is a past president of Kansas Medical Society.

Charles Craig

Charles Craig, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon
Chief Medical Officer
Newton Medical Center
Newton, Kansas

Dr. Charles Craig has been in Orthopedic Surgery practice in Newton since 1978. He is currently Chief Medical Officer at Newton Medical Center.  He received his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1971 and completed his Orthopedic residency at KU Medical Center in 1976. He served at Kenner Arm Hospital, Fort Lee, Virginia 1976-78.

He is Past President of Harvey County Medical Society, Kansas Orthopedic Society and Kansas Medical Society.

Joe Davison

Joe D. Davison, MD
Family Practice Physician
West Wichita Family Physicians, P.A.
Wichita, Kansas

Joe Davison, MD is a family physician with West Wichita Family Physicians, P.A. He received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1981. Dr. Davison completed his family practice residency at St. Joseph Medical Center in Wichita and is board certified in Family Practice. Dr. Davison is a past president of Kansas Medical Society.

Debra Doubek

Debra Doubek, MD
Family Practice Physician
Stonecreek Family Physicians
Manhattan, Kansas

Debra Doubek, MD, is one of four physicians who established Stonecreek Family Physicians, Manhattan, in 1999. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her internship and family practice residency also at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. She is a founding physician of the Flint Hills Community Clinic, a free clinic for Riley County citizens that have no health insurance. Dr. Doubek’s passion is treating obesity, and she holds a second Board Certification in Bariatric Medicine.

Jeremy Ensey

Jeremy Ensey
Chief Executive Officer
Saint Luke Hospital and Medical Center
Marion, Kansas

Jeremy Ensey is the Chief Executive Officer at Saint Luke Hospital and Living Center in Marion. Previously, he was the Chief Nursing Officer at Saint Luke. Jeremy began his nursing career as a certified nursing assistant working in two different nursing homes while attending Wichita State University. After graduation, his first registered nursing position was in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at St. Francis in Wichita. He also worked in a variety of other nursing and management positions at Wesley Medical Center and Galichia Heart Hospital in Wichita. Jeremy is also co-owner of the Historic Elgin Hotel and Parlour 1886 restaurant in Marion. Jeremy holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Friends University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Wichita State University.

Niceta Farber

Niceta Farber
Chief Executive Officer
Sheridan County Health Complex
Hoxie, Kansas

Niceta Farber is Chief Executive Officer of Sheridan County Health Complex and has served in this position for the past three years. Her career in health care began as an LPN, graduating from Colby Community College. She has held a variety of health care positions over the past 25 years. Her passion is delivering exceptional health care to every patient she encounters. In addition to her responsibilities as CEO, she is active in the Hoxie community with various clubs and organizations.  

Aron Fast

Aron Fast, MD — Secretary/Treasurer
Partners in Family Care
Hesston, Kansas

Aron Fast, MD, is a graduate of Southwestern College and the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Family Practice and is the Medical Director at Schowalter Villa, Hesston. He is a native of Hesston.

Lynn Fisher, MD

Lynn Fisher, MD — Chair
Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
Wichita, Kansas

Lynn Fisher, MD, is an Assistant Professor, Family & Community Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Previously, he practiced full spectrum family medicine at LifeLine Family Medicine in Plainville. He is a 2001 graduate of the University of Kansas Medical School and 2004 graduate of the North Colorado Family Medicine Residency Program in Greeley, Colorado. He is a past president of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. 

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K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH
Professor and Vice Chair of Family Medicine
Research Division Director
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas

K. Allen Greiner, MD, MPH, is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) in Kansas City, Kansas. He directs the department's Research Division and has a secondary appointment and teaches in the MPH and MS in Clinical Research Programs in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. He completed an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Brown University and medical school and a family medicine residency at the University of Kansas. In 2000, he completed a Primary Care Research Fellowship at the University of Kansas and a Masters in Public Health degree.

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Margaret Grismer
Cohesive Healthcare
Edmond, Oklahoma

Margaret Grismer previously was the CEO of Kiowa District Healthcare in Barber County. That position followed a 24-year, active duty career with both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Public Health Service. She has over 15 years of leadership as both Chief Nursing Officer and Health Services Administrator. In addition to health care administration, Ms. Grismer is an adult Nurse Practitioner and completed her MSN from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2000.

Jennifer Koontz

Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician
Newton Medical Center
Newton, Kansas

Jennifer Scott Koontz, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is a primary care sports medicine physician at Newton Medical Center. A native of Hutchinson, she joined the Newton Medical Center staff in 2009. Dr. Koontz earned an undergraduate degree from Bethel College, North Newton, and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Dr. Koontz is an active member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the Kansas Medical Society.

Jerry Slaughter

Jerry Slaughter
Executive Vice President
KAMMCO
Topeka, Kansas

Jerry Slaughter is Executive Vice President of KAMMCO, the physician-owned professional liability insurance company created by KMS. Slaughter served as Executive Director of the Kansas Medical Society from 1975 to 2017. 

George Stover

George M. Stover Immediate Past Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Hospital District #1 of Rice County
Lyons, Kansas

George Stover is the CEO of Hospital District #1 of Rice County in Lyons, a leadership position that he has held for five years. Prior to that he served as CEO of Rush County Memorial Hospital, LaCrosse. Stover is a member and past president of the Kansas Hospital Association’s Workers Compensation Board of Directors, and serves chair of the KHA Communication Workgroup. He currently serves as president for the Lyons Chamber of Commerce.

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Brian A. WilliamsVice Chair
President and Chief Executive Officer 
Labette Health
Parsons, Kansas

Brian Williams is President and Chief Executive Officer, since 2015, of Labette Health, a 99-bed regional healthcare system. Labette Health serves a six-county region in southeast Kansas. Prior to joining Labette Health, Mr. Williams possesses over fifteen years of experience leading physician and hospital organizations as well as ten years of prior experience leading financial services organizations.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and General Business from Missouri State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Drury University. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College. He is a General George C. Marshall Award recipient, is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives, is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel (retired).

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KHC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to transforming health care through patient-centered initiatives that improve quality, safety, and value.

KHC was formed in 2008 by the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Medical Society to act as a resource and continually enhance care provided to Kansans and to become the trusted source for relevant and meaningful health care quality improvement education, evaluation, and measurement.


KHC Mission

Engaging and aligning providers and stakeholders to establish Kansas as a role model
for health care quality and a top performer in health care outcomes.


KHC Vision

KHC will be THE trusted source for relevant and meaningful health care quality improvement education, evaluation, and measurement.


KHC Values

• We believe those who deliver health care are responsible for leading quality improvement.

• We believe collaboration leads to developing, sharing, teaching, and learning effective approaches proven to deliver the best possible health care.

• We believe effective utilization of meaningful, patient-oriented analytics and objective reporting promotes excellence in health care.

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

2017 Summit on Quality

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Hyatt Regency, Wichita, Kansas
KHC and the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. will jointly host the Ninth Annual Summit on Quality. The program is designed specifically to educate Kansas physicians and health care professionals.
Online registration is available.
Keynote presentations and speakers have been announced.  See the Summit Program here.
 

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History, Mission, Vision & Values

 

History

KHC is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to transforming health care through patient-centered initiatives that improve quality, safety, and value.

KHC was formed in 2008 by the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Medical Society to act as a resource and continually enhance care provided to Kansans and to become the trusted source for relevant and meaningful health care quality improvement education, evaluation, and measurement.


KHC Mission

Engaging and aligning providers and stakeholders to establish Kansas as a role model
for health care quality and a top performer in health care outcomes.


KHC Vision

KHC will be THE trusted source for relevant and meaningful health care quality improvement education, evaluation, and measurement.


KHC Values

• We believe those who deliver health care are responsible for leading quality improvement.

• We believe collaboration leads to developing, sharing, teaching, and learning effective approaches proven to deliver the best possible health care.

• We believe effective utilization of meaningful, patient-oriented analytics and objective reporting promotes excellence in health care.

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Partnering with the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment, KHC works with clinical practices to increase cancer screening rates and support prevention efforts. At no cost, KHC provides training, education, and technical support to clinics that serve low-income populations as they implement, track, monitor, and evaluate delivery of care for priority populations.

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