Quality & Improvement

IHA has been part of a nationwide effort to reduce all causes of inpatient harm and readmissions beginning with the Hospital Engagement Network in 2012 and now as part of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. With participating hospitals across the state and nation, both lives and costs have been saved and the overall delivery of healthcare in our communities continues to improve.

HIIN Priorities

  • adverse drug events
  • central line-associated blood stream infections
  • catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • clostridium difficile bacterial infection, including antibiotic stewardship
  • injury from falls and immobility
  • pressure ulcers
  • sepsis and septic shock
  • surgical site infections
  • venous thromboembolism
  • ventilator-associated events
  • readmissions

CMS awarded the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) a 3-year HIIN contract, to continue efforts to reduce all-cause inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by July 2019. IHA partners with 27 hospitals across the state and HRET to provide extensive support for improving hospital quality and safety in Idaho. Please visit the HIIN website for more details!

HRET/HIIN have developed an education module for hospital quality leaders that focuses on key functions of a quality leader and how to create a quality structure at an organization to successfully promote quality improvement and patient safety. Be sure to view the module: Role and Responsibilities of the Quality Leader by clicking the link below. View Quality Leaders Module

The HRET HIIN project provides data tools to support you:

Encyclopedia of Measures (EOM) – the measure reference guide for core evaluation and additional required topic measures.

Comprehensive Data System (CDS) – The secure, web-based collection and reporting system that hospitals use for HIIN. For instructions on how to access the CDS, there is a Quick Start Guide for staff that are NEW to CDS, and for Returning staff. Data is due by the 17th of each month via CDS and NHSN (if your facility conferred rights to HRET.)

Highlights

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Saved Lives
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Saved Costs
Fewer Hospital Acquired Conditions

Note: National accomplishments through HIIN project 2014-2016

Credentialing

IHA continues to be a qualified entity in Idaho’s State Rural Health Plan to perform the CMS-required biennial credentialing reviews. IHA's quality team has the expertise and resources needed for you to meet the CAH Conditions of Participation and stay up to date on federal and state credentialing guidelines.

Karen Leach
kleach@teamiha.org
208.489.1406

Peer Review

Through IHA’s Ventures subsidiary, healthcare organizations are afforded the opportunity to participate in a unique, highly secure, cloud-based peer review system. Designed for both external and internal reviews, the system supports hospitals’ and clinics’ efforts at achieving higher levels of healthcare quality.

Darin Atherton
datherton@teamiha.org
208.489.1371

Quality Reviews

IHA continues to be a qualified entity in Idaho’s State Rural Health Plan to perform the CMS-required annual quality reviews. IHA's quality team has the expertise and resources needed for you to meet the CAH Conditions of Participation and stay up to date on federal and state guidelines.

Karen Leach
kleach@teamiha.org
208.489.1406

Swing Beds

Assuring that all rules are met with Medicare’s complex Swing Bed program can be a difficult task. IHA’s team can help assure your hospital is meeting the CMS Conditions of Participation that are required under Appendix W and PP when moving patients from acute hospital care to skilled care while still in the hospital. Success in this area allows hospitals to assist patients in reaching their highest potential for health and independence prior to returning to home.

Karen Leach
kleach@teamiha.org
208.489.1406