Quality Collaboratives

DSCF9481HAH takes a leadership role in improving quality throughout the state by creating opportunities for cross-continuum collaboration, and leveraging state and federal resources.

Partnership for Patients

The HAH-led Hawaii Affinity Team collaborates with Premier, which is one of only 26 Hospital Engagement Networks (HEN) across the country selected for CMS Innovation Center’s Partnership for Patient’s initiative.  19 hospitals across the state are working together with an aim to:

  • Reduce harm in hospital settings by 40%
  • Reduce hospital readmissions by 20% over a three-year period

More about Partnership for Patients

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One of the key focus area for partnerships in Hawaii and nationally is reducing hospital acquired infections (HAI).

HAH held an educational session for long term care members on using the Centers for Disease Control’s National Healthcare System Network (NHSN) healthcare-associated infection (HAI) tracking system.

The presenters were Zeshan Chisty, MPH, HAI Collaborative Coordinator with the state Department of Health, and Joy Yadao, RN, Project Manager – Reducing AHIs/HACs in Health Care Facilities, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health.

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Antipsychotics Reduction Goal Ahead of Schedule

AHCA has announced that half of its skilled nursing center members have reached a nationwide goal in reducing antipsychotic usage by at least 30 percent, seven months ahead of the December 2016 deadline.

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INTERACT II (Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) is a quality improvement program for the long term care environment that has shown promise for dramatic reduction in hospital readmissions.

HAH’s Hawaii Clinical Improvement Coach is mentoring three facilities in INTERACT II at no cost: Pearl City Nursing Home, Leahi Hospital and Maluhia, then roll out INTERACT II training for other interested members statewide, starting with long term care and expanding across the continuum of care to include home health and acute facilities.

Transitions of Care

Transitions of care is a key focus area to improve patient experience and safety when transitioning between different types of facilities, for example from a hospital to a long term care facility or visa versa. HAH has convened groups of stakeholders to make inroads toward better communication among facilities, including discussion of standard forms and best practices for communicating advance directive wishes and preference of treatment at end of life. HAH and its members also work with Mountain Pacific on the CMS/QIO Transitions of Care 11th Scope of Work.