The Texas Hospital Association is partnering with the Health Research and Educational Trust of the American Hospital Association to continue reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. HRET is one of 16 national, regional or state organizations to receive a Hospital Improvement Innovation Network contract from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. THA is leading Texas hospitals in the initiative.
Through 2019, the HIINs will work to achieve a 20 percent decrease in overall patient harm and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions as a population-based measure (readmissions per 1,000 people) from the 2014 baseline.
The HIINs will engage and support the hospital, provider and broader caregiver communities to implement and spread well-tested, evidence-based best practices. Specifically, they will establish learning collaboratives, develop data-sharing networks, create mechanisms to support peer-to-peer training among hospitals, host conference calls and webinars, provide best practice hospital stories and case studies, and conduct on-site visits.
HIIN core topics include:
- Adverse drug events;
- Central line-associated bloodstream infections;
- Catheter-associated urinary tract infections;
- Clostridium difficile;
- Injury from falls and immobility;
- Pressure ulcers;
- Sepsis and septic shock;
- Surgical site infections;
- Venous thromboembolism;
- Ventilator-associated events; and