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Hospital Improvement Innovation Network

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) a two-year Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN contract (with an optional third year based on performance), to continue efforts to reduce all-cause inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by 2019.

According to AHRQ, an estimated 125,000 fewer patients died in the hospital and approximately $28 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of reductions in Hospital Acquired Conditions. Although the precise causes of the decline in patient harm are not fully understood, the increase in safety occurred during a period of concerted attention by hospitals throughout the country to reduce adverse events, including the work of hospitals that participated in the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and HEN 2.0.

The HRET HIIN is the largest and most diverse HIIN with over 1,600 participating hospitals32 state hospital associations6 QIN-QIOs and more. The HRET HIIN will pursue the ambitious new goals of reducing all-cause inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by 2019. To achieve these goals, HRET HIIN provides:

  • Topic Specific Resources
  • Events
  • Data Support
  • Fellowships
  • SNAPS
  • Up Campaign

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For more information, please email hiin@aha.org.

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