HIIN Initiatives

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 34 state partners with the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) of the American Hospital Association.

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Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN)

kansasThe Kansas Healthcare Collaborative continues 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.

Beginning in 2017 and over the next two years, HRET and its partners will participate in a new round of a national program that has been successful in reducing patient harm and readmissions. In September 2016 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced $347 million in awards to continue patient safety efforts through the new Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIINs).

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Safety Focus Areas

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Through the KHC Hospital Improvement Innovation Network, medical professionals are pursuing ambitious new goals to help hospitals make health care safer and less costly by reducing health care-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions. See the KHC HIIN informational flier (pdf - coming soon).

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Fellowship Programs

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Fellowship Program: Building confidence, success

The HRET HIIN offers excellent training through its fellowship programs.  The 2018 Quality Improvement fellowship program is now underway, offering national expertise in building knowledge and skills to lead quality improvement (QI) initiatives. More than 40 Kansas hospital health care professionals are participating in the 2018 fellowship program.

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Patient and Family Engagement (PFE)

2018 Kansas PFAC/PFA Collaborative is Underway

Patient and Family Advisory Council

Hospitals across the state and nation have made substantial progress in recent years in incorporating patient and family engagement (PFE) as part of their organizational approach to attaining higher levels of patient satisfaction and outcomes. Still, many hospitals are uncertain about how to envision the role of PFE in safety and quality improvement design and seek support in navigating the process of establishing an effective Patient and Family Advisor Program and/or Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). 


The Five CMS Patient and Family Engagement Metrics

By partnering with patients, their families and other caregivers, hospitals can improve the quality and safety of health care, reduce costs, increase employee satisfaction and improve the patient experience.  The Health Research & Education Trust has developed a resource compendium to help link PFE concepts and strategies to available resources. 

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KHC PFAC Collaborative

Kansas PFA/PFAC Collaborative
Cohort 4 is Extended through March 2019

KHC is continuing its fourth breakthrough collaborative with national expertise, a roadmap and support designed to help organizations learn about key PFE concepts and practices, and to take steps to establish an active PFAC and/or other quality committees where patients are represented.  To date, 74 Kansas hospitals have participated in one or more of the four cohorts conducted since 2015.  Nearly 40 Kansas hospitals are participating in cohort 4.

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Hand Hygiene Collaborative

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Hospitals participating in the KHC HIIN are invited to collaborate in improving hand hygiene within their organizations.

For information about this collaborative, view the introductory webinar held May 4, 2017 with the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative and Qualaris Healthcare Solutions

Enrollment to the KHC Hand Hygiene Collaborative is open. Click on this link to complete the online enrollment form:

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Early Elective Delivery

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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Contacts

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Michele Clark
Program Director 
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1321)
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Eric Cook-Wiens
Data and Measurement Director 
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1324)
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Chuck Duffield
Performance Improvement Manager
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1327)
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