(May 29, 2020) – More than 100 Kansas hospitals are being recognized by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative for work in one of the largest national health care improvement initiatives ever undertaken to accelerate and sustain momentum toward improved quality and patient safety.
Since October 2016, more than 115 hospitals in Kansas have participated in the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Network – a patient safety initiative involving more than 1,600 hospitals across 34 states and U.S. territories – coordinated in Kansas by KHC. The initiative was part of a contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to achieve CMS patient safety goals to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent.
In addition to hospital efforts to improve clinical outcomes, hospitals also made progress in implementing key strategies to advance health equity, as well as patient and family engagement.
Hospitals across the state and nation have been working since 2010 to achieve national patient safety goals established by federal agencies. Nationwide, between 2015 and 2017, an estimated 20,500 fewer patients died in a hospital, and approximately $7.7 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of reductions in hospital-acquired conditions, according to a preliminary report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.