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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 7:59 AM
The K-HIIN Kick-Off Meeting will provide insight into how the Kentucky Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (K-HIIN) will use the successes of the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) to launch the next phase of this national initiative for quality and outcomes improvement in hospitals. Attendees will learn about the goals and requirements of the HIIN and how the innovations, virtual learning opportunities and hospital-level techniques of the program will take your improvement work to the next level.

View the brochure for agenda details, and register online today to reserve your seat for this important meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Perkins at KHA (sperkins@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 18, 2016 8:17 AM
On August 29-30, the Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) will conduct a Patient Safety TeamSTEPPS Master Trainer Workshop, hosted by KHA in Louisville. Patient Safety TeamSTEPPS training will provide participants with the skill sets needed to build a culture of safety within their organization. Participants will learn to organize the work of patient safety and empower clinicians with the use of tools to effectively manage conflict and implement change.

For details, view the brochure. Reserve your spot today by registering online.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Perkins at KHA (sperkins@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:18 AM

Hospitals participating in K-HEN 2.0 are invited to attend the Kentucky Sepsis Summit: Facing the Sepsis Challenge on August 24 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville.

This conference will present comprehensive information on the clinical problem of sepsis and collecting data on both process and outcome measures associated with sepsis and severe sepsis. In addition, helpful tips on care improvement will be provided by national subject matter experts and hospital practitioners with experience in this topic.

View the brochure for details and register online to reserve your seat today.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 28, 2015 8:23 AM
On September 24, HRET (the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Education Trust) executed a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 2.0 Project.

Two kickoff webinars will be held this week to get the project started. Both events will cover the same topic (details on how to join the AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 initiative):

AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 Hospital Kick Off Webinar September 29 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CT) Register at https://hret.adobeconnect.com/hospitalkickoff/event/registration.html.

October 1 (Repeat Webinar) 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CT) Register at https://hret.adobeconnect.com/hospitalkickoff/event/registration.html.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:03 AM
KHA is hosting two separate opportunities for Kentucky hospitals (those who have participated in K-HEN in the past, or who might be interested in participating in future HEN activities with KHA) to hear about the next phase of the Centers for Medicare & medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) program.  KHA will be continuing its partnership with the Hospital Research and Education Trust (HRET), its national partner. 

The webinars will provide more information about the CMS timeline, clinical focus areas both required and optional, requirements of participating hospitals and KHA/K-HEN resources to support hospitals participating with us.

KHA asks that all hospitals interested in continuing HEN work with KHA, or those interested in participating in KHA/K-HEN for the first time, participate in one of the two webinar options:

Friday, February 27 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET  Tuesday, March 3 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET   Dial in               1-877-594-8353

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:38 PM
The Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) team will be traveling around the state to review the progress made in the past three years related to the program.  

Kentucky hospitals are encouraged to send a representative to one of the three regional meetings to accept an award. The locations and registration information are below:

Monday, October 27 at Baptist Health Madisonville Tuesday, October 28 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg Wednesday, October 29 at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville Register online or return the registration form by October 24 to Sharon Perkins at KHA via fax 502-426-6226.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Moch or Sharon Perkins at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at mmoch@kyha.com...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 06, 2014 10:25 AM

KHA congratulates Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) Project Director Donna Meador, MSN, RN, CENP, who earned her Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification. 

The certification will assist Meador as she continues to provide patient safety and quality expertise to the hospitals in Kentucky through the K-HEN quality collaborative. The CPHQ is the only certification for health care quality professionals and is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. In 2013, there were only 8,163 CPHQs in the United States.

Donna Meador joins Dolores Hagan, K-HEN Education and Data Manager, as the second person on the K-HEN team to earn the CPHQ certification.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 15, 2014 9:09 AM
KHA congratulates Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) Education/Data Manager Dolores Hagan, RN, BSN, who earned her Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification.

The certification will assist Hagan as she continues to provide patient safety and quality expertise to the hospitals in Kentucky through the K-HEN quality collaborative. The CPHQ is the only certification for health care quality professionals and is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. In 2013, there were only 8,163 CPHQs in the United States.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:15 AM

As of the most recent data download to the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), 80 percent of Kentucky hospitals participating in the Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) are reporting and 80 percent are reaching/meeting national benchmark goals in five different focus areas — Early Elective Deliveries, Pressure Ulcers, Other Obstetrical Harm, Falls and Venous Thromboembolisms (VTE). 

KHA and K-HEN congratulate all the participating hospitals on making great strides with their dedication to improving patient safety and quality. For more information about K-HEN, visit http://www.k-hen.com/.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 18, 2014 9:31 AM
More than 1,500 hospitals participating in the AHA/Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) — including the Kentucky hospitals participating in the Kentucky HEN (K-HEN) — improved care for more than 143,000 patients since January 2012, resulting in an estimated cost savings of more than $1.3 billion, according to results released July 16.

Among other improvements, participating hospitals prevented more than 110,000 readmissions; nearly 19,000 early elective deliveries (which can increase complications); and more than 8,500 infections. The project is part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Partnership for Patients (PfP) initiative.

The results will be shared at the Second Annual Quality and Safety Roadmap, hosted by the AHA’s Symposium for Leaders in Healthcare Quality July 19-20 in San Diego. For more on the HEN project, visit www.k-hen.com, www.hret-hen.org...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, June 13, 2014 8:54 AM
The Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) is providing a three-tiered incentive program for participating hospitals. The purpose of the incentive program is to encourage hospitals to submit data in a timely manner, complete at least one Harm Across the Board Report and achieve the overarching goals of the program – 40 percent improvement in outcome measures and 20 percent reduction in readmissions. Hospitals that already have very good outcomes will receive support for sustaining their excellent work. The funding should help offset financial burdens for engaging in increased data submission and/or support additional resources for quality improvement. Participating hospitals have the potential to receive a maximum of $6,000 in incentive funding.

The first quarter incentive payments will be sent out today. K-HEN has one hospital with full participation in first quarter data submission which has also completed a the tier two requirement of submitting a Harm Across the Board Report. There are...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 07, 2014 3:29 PM
On May 7, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an overall nine percent decrease in hospital acquired conditions (HACs) nationally during 2011-2012. HACs are undesirable situations or conditions for patients that arose during a hospital stay.

HHS reported that national reductions in adverse drug events, falls, infections and other forms of hospital-induced harm are estimated to have prevented nearly 15,000 deaths in hospitals, avoided 560,000 patient injuries and saved approximately $4 billion in health spending over the same period.

Kentucky hospitals are cheering today’s announcement because they played an integral role in improving many of the quality indicators on which HHS focused. Since 2012, the Kentucky Hospital Association has led a statewide initiative to reduce preventable readmissions and HACs in Kentucky hospitals. This effort, known as the Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN), was conducted in partnership with the American Hospital Association and...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:04 AM
The annual KHA Quality Conference and K-HEN Showcase will be held March 18-19 at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville.

Day one will be the Quality Conference and will feature husband and wife patient advocate team from the Chicago area, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Malizzo, who lost their adult daughter to a medical error and now serve on that hospital's quality review committee.  In addition there will be presentations on High Reliability, Value-Based Purchasing, Analyzing your Data, Reporting Quality to your Board, IP Basics, Improving HCAHPS scores, Root Cause Analysis and more.

Day two will be a K-HEN Showcase, which will include presentations by the K-HEN Seed Grant Awardees and hospitals involved in the Lean and Readmissions Discharge Phone Call projects;  Reporting Harm Across the Board; presentations from K-HEN hospitals on Patient and Family Engagement and more.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, January 24, 2014 11:07 AM

REMINDER: CEO-signed Commitment Letters are due to the K-HEN team no later than January 31. Since K-HEN will need to provide a list of hospitals who have returned Commitment Letters on that day, please return your letter as soon as possible. Commitment letter packets were mailed to all participating hospitals’ CEOs, along with CEOs of hospitals who did not participate previously but are invited to join this year.

If any of you have any questions about participation, would like to have a phone meeting, or would like to meet in person to discuss, please contact Donna Meador at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at dmeador@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 13, 2014 10:59 AM
On Friday, January 10, the Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) held a webinar to discuss hospital commitments for the 2014 extension of the HEN project. A recording of the webinar, along with a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and participation requirements document (regarding data) are available on the K-HEN website, www.k-hen.com.

Please note, the commitment form must be signed by each participating hospital's chief executive officer by January 31. K-HEN will send commitment packets (including the commitment form) to hospital CEOs early this week.  The packet will also include an outline of the data submission requirements, recommended measures and an outline of the data submission and performance incentive program. K-HEN will copy this information in an e-mail to hospital quality leaders.  System-level commitment forms will not be accepted by the Hospital Research and Education Trust (HRET) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), so the forms must be signed by individual hospital CEOs....
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