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HRET Mission

Transforming health care through research and education.

HRET Vision

Leveraging research and education to create a society of healthy communities, where all individuals reach their highest potential for health.

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Hospital Engagement Network Contract
to Improve Patient Care

Contract is designed to improve patient care and cut readmissions

The Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA), has been awarded a contract by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to support their Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign. PfP is a public-private partnership that intends to help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care for all Americans. The project will help hospitals adopt new practices that have the potential to reduce inpatient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent over the contract.

The PfP will focus on ten areas for quality improvement. Within these areas, HRET will support the implementation of proven best practices and lessons learned through the use of webinars and educational sessions to hospitals participating in the partnership.  HRET will provide this education and training with the nearly 1,800 hospitals recruited by its 33 state hospital association partners in support of their quality improvement efforts in the targeted areas:

  • Adverse drug events (ADE)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Obstetrical adverse events
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical site infections
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)
  • Preventable readmissions

As a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) HRET will help identify solutions already working to reduce health care acquired conditions, and establish ways to spread them to other hospitals and health care providers.HENs will work to develop learning collaboratives for hospitals and provide a wide array of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety.  Intensive training programs will be conducted to teach and support hospitals in making patient care safer, provide technical assistance so that hospitals can achieve quality measurement goals, and establish and implement a system to track and monitor hospital progress in meeting quality improvement goals.

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List of Participating States
Alabama Hospital Association (AL) Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association (AK) Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AZ)
Arkansas Hospital Association (AR) California Hospital Association (CA) Colorado Hospital Association (CO)
Connecticut Hospital Association (CT) District of Columbia Hospital Association (DC) Florida Hospital Association (FL)
Idaho Hospital Association (ID) Illinois Hospital Association (IL) Indiana Hospital Association (IN)
Kansas Hospital Association (KS) Kentucky Hospital Association (KY) Louisiana Hospital Association (LA)
Massachusetts Hospital Association (MA) Mississippi Hospital Association (MS) Missouri Hospital Association (MO)
Montana - MHA: An Association of Montana Health Care Providers (MT) Nebraska Hospital Association (NE) New Hampshire Hospital Association (NH)
New Mexico Hospital Association (NM) North Dakota Hospital Association (ND) Oklahoma Hospital Association (OK)
Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (OR) Puerto Rico Hospital Association (PR) Rhode Island - Hospital Association of Rhode Island (RI)
South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SD) Utah - UHA: Utah Hospitals and Health Systems Association (UT) Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VT)
West Virginia Hospital Association (WV) Wisconsin Hospital Association (WI) Wyoming Hospital Association (WH)


If you are interested in participating, email Maulik Joshi, DrPH at

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