Ohio Hospital Newswire


CMS Awards Six-Month Extension to OHA HIIN Contract




The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week awarded a six-month extension to the Ohio Hospital Association’s Hospital Improvement Innovation Network contract. With this extension to March 28, 2019, OHA will build on current successes of the initial three-year contract through continued focus on reducing health care-acquired conditions, readmissions and disparities, and increasing patient and family engagement.
OHA is one of 16 organizations nationally chosen to lead a HIIN through a federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CMS. OHA and participating members are working to reduce health care-acquired conditions and preventable readmissions in Ohio. OHA HIIN has 105 hospitals participating and members are still able to join this effort. To learn more, contact OHA’s Senior Director of Quality Programs, Rosalie Weakland.

The HIIN focuses on 11 core areas:
  1. Adverse drug events, including at a minimum, opioid safety, anticoagulation safety, and glycemic management
  2. Central line-associated blood stream infections, in all hospital settings, not just Intensive Care Units
  3. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections, in all hospital settings, including avoiding placement of catheters, both in the ER, and in the hospital
  4. Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacterial infection, including antibiotic stewardship
  5. Injury from falls and immobility
  6. Pressure ulcers
  7. Sepsis and septic shock
  8. Surgical Site Infections, to include measurement and improvement of SSI for multiple classes of surgeries
  9. Venous thromboembolism, including, at a minimum, all surgical settings
  10. Ventilator-associated events, to include infection-related ventilator-associated Complication and ventilator-associated condition
  11. Readmissions 
At the end of the first year of the HIIN in fall 2017, participating Ohio hospitals exceeded improvement goals in the following areas: falls, opioids, surgical site infections-colon, surgical site infections-hysterectomy, pressure injury, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, venous thromboembolism and readmissions. In addition, progress to the overall goal has been achieved for International Normalized Ratio, glucose management, surgical site infections-hip, ventilator-associated events, C. difficile and sepsis.
Hospitals participating in the OHA HIIN participate in peer-to-peer training, educational webinars, site visits from OHA’s expert clinical team and inclusion in data sharing networks— including free access to the entire Battelle WayFinder Quality Platform. Additionally, OHA provides participating hospitals with technical assistance to ensure implementation strategies and methodology are evidence-based and aligned with best practices.
For more information, visit OHA’s HIIN webpage.
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