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About Compass HIIN

The Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) Program, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), is an extension of the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) initiative. The program promotes collaboration and engagement of acute care hospitals to achieve sustained reductions in hospital based harm and unnecessary readmissions. In order to align programs and achieve the aims of the Partnership for Patients (PfP), HIINS work closely with the Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) programs through coordinated technical assistance provided to acute care hospitals. The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) and the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organization (SDAHO) have partnered to create the Compass HIIN, a multi-state network of HIIN hospitals working together on coordinated improvement efforts that contribute to the bold aims of reducing all-cause patient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent.

Focus Areas

The Compass HIIN builds on the progress made during the 4-year HEN program. Resources are dedicated to expanding the scope of the focus areas providing education, technical assistance, and data analytics in support of a variety of all-harm factors. HIIN programs support 14 Core Focus Areas that impact healthcare quality and patient safety.

Improving Patient Safety:
A Critical Issue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), has issued the following challenges to hospitals across the U.S.:
          • Reduce all-cause patient harm by 20 percent and
          • Reduce 30-day hospital readmissions by 12 percent by 2019.

Since 2012, the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has led the Partnership for Patients (PfP) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) campaign in Iowa. In the first three years, participating hospitals prevented more than 3,300 harms with an estimated cost savings of $50 million. IHC led Iowa hospitals from an education focused quality assurance model to an execution driven performance improvement model. Iowa’s success was evident by the level of participation, uptake of best practices, and progress made toward advancing the aims of the PfP. Through this campaign, IHC became a leader of rural hospital quality improvement efforts. Why Compass HIIN? Resources to Meet Your Goals The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) is a provider-led and patient-focused nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a culture of continuous improvement in healthcare. IHC plays a unique role by engaging healthcare providers (doctors, nurses and hospital executives) in patient-centered quality initiatives to improve quality, safety, and value. IHC’s Compass Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) is designed to build on the successful HEN program to serve rural hospitals nationwide, using experience to support innovative solutions targeted to reduce patient harm and improve care coordination. This network of hospitals will be supported by integrated quality and process Improvement Advisors, educational content, and a proven data management and technical assistance program.

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