CMS Extends WHA Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Contract Through March 2020

September 03, 2019

In September 2016, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Michigan Hospital Association Keystone Center, and Illinois Health and Hospital Association joined forces as the Great Lakes Partners for Patients (GLPP) and have worked with their member hospitals to improve patient care and outcomes as part of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN).

WHA is proud to announce the GLPP HIIN’s contract will extend into 2020 to continue the great work to achieve the goal of reducing hospital-acquired conditions by 20 percent in 11 areas of harm, as well as achieve a 12 percent reduction in all-cause readmissions.

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of GLPP HIIN hospitals, there has already been:
  • A 20 percent reduction in Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) in both Intensive Care Units (ICUs) and hospital-wide;
  • A 20 percent reduction in Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) in the ICU; and,
  • A nearly 20 percent reduction in Clostridiodes difficile (C.diff) infection rates.
In addition, GLPP HIIN hospitals are currently over the halfway mark and have achieved at least a 10 percent reduction in the following categories: adverse drug events (ADE) related to anticoagulants and opioids, and probable Ventilator-Associated Pneumonias (PVAP).

These improvement efforts have resulted in an estimated cost savings of $181,688,338, as well as a significant reduction in avoided harm events.

WHA Chief Quality Officer Beth Dibbert attributes the success to the GLPP HIIN members’ commitment to seeking continuous improvement and participating in numerous offerings, such as cross-state best practice sharing, utilizing subject matter experts, hospital onsite visits, and coaching calls. Attendees have been able to learn how to utilize data to drive improvement, expand and improve conversations with key stakeholders, reduce costs, and make hospitals safer for both patients and providers.

"WHA thanks CMS for this extension, and the GLPP HIIN is looking forward to continuing this important work into 2020,” said Dibbert. “Wisconsin hospitals will continue to have a meaningful impact, improving care and saving lives here and across the region.”

This story originally appeared in the September 03, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter