KHC receives award for health care quality improvement work from CMS

Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC) received an award for its work with Kansas hospitals in reducing excessive hospital readmissions and hospital-acquired infections over the past five years. The award was presented at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Quality Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in December 2016. 

KHC was honored to receive the award, sponsored by the National Partnership for Patients Initiative, for “Diligent work, authentic collaboration with patients, clinicians and partners and unprecedented national impact on patient safety in all U.S. Hospitals.” The Partnership for Patients Initiative claims success of 87,000 lives saved; 2.1 million fewer patient harms and $19.8 billion in cost savings to date. The National Partnership for Patients Initiative was created by CMS leaders, Dr. Paul McGann, Dennis Wagner, and Jean D. Moody-Williams. 

“Kansas Healthcare Collaborative appreciates this recognition of our work in partnership with Kansas hospitals,” said KHC Executive Director Kendra Tinsley, MS, CPPS. “Through patient-centered, quality improvement efforts that include services at no charge, resources and expertise for medical professionals, we will continue to help hospitals make health care safer by reducing the number of health care-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions, which will ultimately reduce the cost of health care, too.”

KHC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming health care through patient-centered initiatives that improve quality, safety and value. Formed in 2008, KHC acts as a resource to enhance the care Kansans receive by engaging and aligning with providers to continually improve health care quality and patient outcomes. For more information about KHC, visit the website at