Hospital Improvement Innovation Network

VHHA Center for Healthcare Excellence in partnership with the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) invites hospitals to join the Virginia Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) and commit to collaboration as a key resource to achieving top tier performance in quality, safety and service for all Virginia healthcare providers. Funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Partnership for Patients (PFP) campaign, the HIIN is a two year commitment with the option of a third year. This program is a continuation and expansion of the work and achievements from the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 1.0 and 2.0. HEN 1.0 and 2.0 demonstrated lives saved, expenditure reductions and importantly, opportunities for future improvements.

HEN 2.0 Results

The HIIN’s focus includes, but is not limited to, achieving improvements in all 11 core measures (ADE, CAUTI, CLABSI, C.diff, Falls, Pressure Ulcers, Readmissions, Sepsis, SSI, VAE, VTE), promoting antibiotic stewardship and fostering a culture of safety within the hospital and across the continuum of care. It is likely that work is underway in these areas at your organization. If so, you may ask “why participate?” For one thing, joining the HIIN initiative is free. Also, through participation your hospital or health system will have access to resources including access to clinical advisers and subject matter experts; customized programming; virtual and in-person educational offerings; site visits and gap analyses; and data analysis and benchmarking using HRET’s Comprehensive Data System (CDS). Beyond these resources, the power of quality collaboration is key to accelerating change in systems and culture. Part of the VHHA Center for Healthcare Excellence’s mission is to facilitate collaboration to support the progress of ideas and learning. Work centered on evidence-based practices, and focused on high quality and highly reliable services is key in this regard. We hope you will join the Virginia HIIN and make the commitment to collaborate. Read the HIIN Commitment Letter.

HIIN Invitation Video (alternate viewing link here).

Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 1.0

From 2011-2014, VHHA and the North Carolina Quality Center joined to form the North Carolina/Virginia Hospital Engagement Network, or NoCVA. As part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Partnership for Patients campaign, their aim was to transcend the borders of the two states to increase hospital patient safety and reduce hospital readmissions. Working with 110 hospitals, NoCVA has contributed to an estimated 4,760 avoided incidents of harm within its member hospitals and 5,354 fewer hospital readmissions. Its efforts have resulted in estimated savings to the health care system of $90.4 million. NoCVA has supported and enhanced patient safety culture within its hospitals by focusing on leadership support for quality improvement, education and support of clinical line staff, and meaningful patient and family engagement. Read the North Carolina-Virginia progress report. Read the North Carolina-Virginia final report.

Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 2.0

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to continue the work to reduce harm and preventable readmissions by releasing HEN 2.0 in support of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign (a public-private partnership working to improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans). HEN 2.0 will continue the work of the original HEN project and support hospital-level improvement to achieve the national goals of reducing all cause preventable harm by 40 percent and readmission by 20 percent. CMS aims for 100% of short-stay, acute care hospitals to participate. In round two of the HEN VHHA will partner with the American Hospital Association’s research trust HRET. This will allow Virginia to collaborate with 28 other states toward one common goal. For more information please contact Betsy Cole at bcole@vhha.com. Read the Virginia HEN 2.0 Presentation.