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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Patient and Family Engagement (PFE)

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).

Contact KHC for log-in information for KHC HIIN hospitals to access resources developed and compiled during previous cohorts of the KHC HIIN PFAC Collaborative, including a living online toolkit, instructional videos, and webinar recordings.


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
Completes Cohort 4 in March 2019

KHC recently completed 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 participated in cohort 4 in 2018-19.

Resources continue to be available for Kansas hospitals participating in the KHC HIIN.  Contact KHC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to access our online toolkit and other resources.

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Hand Hygiene

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Clean hands save lives.

Hospitals are committed to safe, quality care.  Hand hygiene is the single most effective intervention to reduce the cross transmission of healthcare-associated infections.  However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on average, health care providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should.

Since 2017, the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative has offered a collaborative approach for Kansas hospitals to continue improving hand hygiene adherence.  More than 80 hospitals are participating in the KHC HIIN Hand Hygiene Collaborative (cohort 2) being conducted May 2019 through March 2020.

Many hand hygiene resources for the health care setting are provided below.

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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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Treva Borcher
Project Specialist
(785) 235-0763 (ext. 1338)
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