Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has a team of professionals dedicated to helping hospitals achieve sustainable healthcare transformation. While some of its services are supported through state and federal contracts, all are delivered using strategic execution principles. IHC works hand in-hand with hospitals and stakeholders, aligning and equipping hospitals through on-the-ground and virtual technical assistance, training and resource deployment.
IHC has led several federal contracts aimed at advancing hospital quality and patient safety. From 2012 to March 2020, IHC led the Partnership for Patients (PfP) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) campaigns. Participating hospitals collectively prevented more than 36,916 harms with an estimated cost savings of $285,263,007 over this performance period.
In February 2020, IHC was awarded the support contract for the Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). MBQIP is the quality improvement (QI) activity required to meet the eligibility requirements in the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program.
Through its scope of work IHC will deliver technical assistance (TA) to Iowa Critical Access Hospitals to support their quality improvement efforts.
IHC is committed to promoting responsible reporting of healthcare information and provides hospitals with access to the Compass Reporting Database to provide a secure means for hospital quality and performance reporting. Built with on-demand reporting functions, the database enables hospitals to use data to drive continuous improvement.
IHC continues to serve hospitals using its Strategic Improvement Model, supporting meaningful and sustainable performance improvement, and welcomes the opportunity to respond to individual hospital requests for TA in the state of Iowa.
On September 29, 2015, the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) was one of 39 organizations selected by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation to participate in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) as a Practice Transformation Network (PTN).
Since 2015, the TCPI model has assisted primary and specialty care clinicians in improving the way they deliver care by providing technical assistance support to integrate quality and process improvement, building on and spreading existing change methodologies, and integrating best practices. This initiative was designed to help clinicians achieve large-scale transformation and succeed in a value-based care environment. Participating practices receive coaching, mentoring and assistance in developing core competencies specific to the TCPI five phases of practice transformation:
- Set Aims
- Use Data to Drive Care
- Achieve Progress on Aims
- Achieve Benchmark Status
- Thrive as a Business via Pay for Value Approaches
This approach enables clinician practices to become actively engaged in transformation and ensures collaboration among a broad community of practices that creates, promotes, and sustains learning and improvement throughout health care.
The Compass Practice Transformation Network (PTN) supports more than 7,000 clinicians who are committed to expanding quality improvement capacity in their primary and specialty care practices, share clinical best practices, and achieve common goals of improved care, better health and reduced cost.