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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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Making an Impact 2012

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  • At a Glance: Making an Impact in 2012

    • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections reduced by 40 percent in participating hospitals
    • Six HPOE webinars reached more than NEED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
    • NEED NUMBER OF DOWNLOADS FOR HPOE GUIDES
    • NEED NUMBER OF LINKS TO CASE STUDIES, RESOURCES AND TOOLS
    • NEED NUMBERS FROM CUSTOMER SURVEYS
    • Nearly 800 hospitals have attended in-person workshops or have participated in Patient Safety Learning Networks
  • National Projects

    AHA/HRET Hospital Engagement Network
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded HRET a two-year contract to support the Partnership for Patients campaign. HRET is leading a Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) to adopt best practices with the goal of reducing inpatient harm by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent. The AHA/HRET HEN represents 31 state hospital associations composed of nearly 1,600 hospitals. In 2012, there were numerous successes from the AHA/HRET HEN’s efforts. For example, the Oklahoma Hospital Association trained 34 new Improvement Leader Fellows and decreased early elective deliveries by 65 percent. The Florida Hospital Association created online learning modules focused on quality improvement training, where participants earn continuing education units for completing the assessment after the course. Finally, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has shown a 40 percent reduction in catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in participating hospitals in the CAUTI initiative.

    Resources:

    http://www.hret-hen.org/


    CUSP: Stop HAI
    [Description] The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) project On the CUSP: Stop HAI is focused on reducing the number central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). Closing out 2012, On the CUSP: Stop BSI leaders and teams continue to work closely with their state to review and sustain their success. A National Collaborative meeting was held in Chicago on BSI, which explored the elements of running a national collaborative through didactic sessions and interactive exercises. On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI was expanded nationwide with 20 more states have joined the initiative and launched a new website.

    Resources:
    www.onthecuspstophai.org
    http://www.onthecuspstophai.org/on-the-cuspstop-bsi/about-the-project/
    http://www.onthecuspstophai.org/on-the-cuspstop-bsi/about-the-project/
    http://www.ahrq.gov/cusptoolkit/
    http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/clabsiupdate/clabsiupdate.pdf
    NEED AHRQ CAUTI REPORT


    Employee Health Benefits Survey
    [Description] Findings from the 2011 survey, conducted from January through May 2011, highlight employers' experiences with several previously implemented provisions of the 2010 health reform law and increases in the average annual single and family premiums for health insurance. In 2011, premiums for family health coverage increased nine percent from last year; since 2001, family premiums have increased 113 percent. The 2011 survey finds a continued increase in enrollment in consumer-driven, high-deductible plans. The share of covered workers enrolled in high-deductible health plans doubled over the past two years, from eight percent in 2009 to 17 percent in 2011.

    Resources:
    http://www.hret.org/reform/projects/employer-health-benefits-annual-survey.shtml
    http://ehbs.kff.org/pdf/2012/8345.pdf
    http://ehbs.kff.org/pdf/8226.pdf


    Equity of Care
    To assist health care leaders, HRET developed a website on Equity of Care that provides free resources to improve the quality of care for every patient. Resources include best practices, case studies and National Collaborative efforts. HRET released a survey on the diversity and disparity of care issue. Commissioned in 2011 by the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, HRET conducted a national survey to determine the actions that hospitals are taking to reduce care disparities. Overall, the survey results showed advancements in the three core elements to increase the collection of race, ethnicity and language preference data; increase cultural competency training for clinicians and support staff; and increase diversity in governance and management. HRET will focus on creating milestones for the initiative built within a timeline for the core elements. These milestones will guide the work of the initiative and measure the success of the program. In 2013, HRET hopes to release the milestones and timeline

    Resources:
    http://www.hretdisparities.org\
    http://www.equityofcare.org/
    http://www.aha.org/advocacy-issues/disparities/index.shtml


    ESRD
    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has awarded a two-year contract to the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) and its partners, the University of Michigan, Kidney Epidemiology and Cost Center (UM-KECC), and the Renal Network of the Upper Midwest, Inc. (ESRD Network 11) to develop and use resources that will reduce infections in dialysis facilities. Efforts in 2012 surrounded the recruitment of facilities from Network 6 and 11to participate in the program.

    Resources:
     http://www.notice-initiative.org/

  • Applied Research

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  • Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence

    Advanced Illness Management Strategies Part 2
    This second report, Advanced Illness Management Strategies: Engaging the Community and a Ready, Willing and Able Workforce, expands and explains all three strategies and focuses on patient and community awareness and engagement and a ready, willing and able workforce.

    Palliative Care Services: Solutions for Better Patient Care and Todays Health Care Delivery Challenges (November 2012)
    Desned to provide hospital and health care system leaders with the knowledge and resources necessary to understand the benefits and opportunities of providing high-quality palliative care services.

  • Leadership Fellowships

    Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship
    The fellowship is a transformative learning experience consisting of four in-person learning sessions, periodic teleconferences, webinars, various self and organizational assessments and individual coaching. During the yearlong program, fellows complete an action-learning project to bring real change within their organizations and demonstrate their ability to apply the concepts learned. Currently there are more than 300-trained fellows. During the 2012 AHA and Health Forum Leadership Summit, held July 19-21 in San Francisco, the AHA recognized the 11th class of AHA-NPSF Comprehensive Patient Safety Leadership Fellows;

    • Judy Boerger, RN
    • Alina D. Bulgar
    • Arvind Chandrakantan, MD
    • Stephen R. Czekanlinski, RN
    • Michele K. Dodman

    Resources:
    http://www.hpoe.org/PSLF/PSLF_main.shtml

    Health Care System Transformation Fellowship
    AHA's intensive interactive Health Care Transformation fellowship provides senior health care leaders with the implementation skills to help their organizations execute delivery and payment system transformation. Sixteen senior executives were selected in 2012 for the second fellow class.

    Resources:
    http://www.hpoe.org/HealthCareTranformationFellowship/HealthCareTransformationFellowship.shtml

  • Health Service Research

    Published six times a year plus two special supplements, Health Services Research (HSR) is HRET's flagship publication and an official journal of AcademyHealth. In 2012, HSR published a theme issue on methodological considerations for measuring health care disparities and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars a special issue on bridging the gap between research and health policy.

  • TRUST Award

    2012 Recipient Maureen Bisognano
    For 10 years, HRET has presented its annual TRUST award to honor individuals who have exhibited visionary leadership in the health care field and symbolize HRET’s vision of leveraging research and education to improve policy and practice. In 2012, the TRUST Award recipient was Maureen Bisognano, president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Ms. Bisognano advises health care leaders around the world, is a frequent speaker at major health care conferences on quality improvement and is a tireless advocate for change.

    Resources:
    http://www.hret.org/trust/index.shtml

  • HRET Board

    

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