Hospital Quality Improvement
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Hospital Quality Improvement

The HQIC contract task order continues CMS focus on improving the quality of care and outcomes at hospitals nationwide.

View your assessments and measurement data and chat with other HQIC enrolled hospitals to share best practices, barriers and solutions.

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The HQIC contract task order continues CMS focus on improving the quality of care and outcomes at hospitals nationwide.

View your assessments and measurement data and chat with other HQIC enrolled hospitals to share best practices, barriers and solutions.

HQIC Portal Registration Instructions

View your assessments and measurement data and chat with other HQIC enrolled hospitals to share best practices, barriers and solutions.

Not registered yet?

HQIC Portal Registration Instructions
View your assessments and measurement data and chat with other HQIC enrolled hospitals to share best practices, barriers and solutions.

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HQIC Brag Book Executive Summary

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About HQIC

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a four-year contract to Alliant Health Solutions (AHS) to serve as a National Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractor (NQIIC) under the recently launched Task Order 3: Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC) contract. Under the agreement, Alliant will provide services to 150 hospitals across a multistate area.

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This task order will continue Alliant’s previous work focused on hospital quality improvement and will also include new elements and updates to align with the CMS framework initiated under its current NQIIC program.

The specific focus of the work will include:

  • Engaging the hospital, provider and caregiver communities to implement evidence-based and best practices
  • Utilizing innovation, quality improvement strategies, and data-driven methodologies for small, rural, critical access hospitals and those that serve vulnerable populations
  • Providing expert healthcare quality improvement services to support efforts for maximum impact to the healthcare delivery system
  • Focusing on reducing all-cause patient harm and readmissions
  • Serving as quality improvement experts, facilitators, and change agents for healthcare transformation
  • Enhancing the customer experience while seeking to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, economy, safety, and quality of healthcare being provided in the supported hospitals

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Success Stories

Kansas Critical Access Hospital Prevents CAUTI and Decreases Catheter Days

Cheyenne County, a 16-bed critical access hospital located in St. Francis, KS has decreased catheter days per patient days in the last year and is currently maintaining a zero rate with Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI).

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Cheyenne County Memorial recently participated in the HQIC performance improvement cohort based on two CAUTIs identified in 2021. Through comprehensive review of current practices and analysis, inappropriate catheter use was identified as a root cause.

The team implemented solutions which included:

  • Physician champion and the infection preventionist working together to promote appropriate catheter use, increase staff awareness and provide education
  • Team completed a policy review and all staff who insert catheters now complete an annual competency for catheter insertion. Goal is 100% compliance by the end of 2022.
  • A standard protocol was approved by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) that includes a nursing assessment/action flow sheet that guides the nurse through diagnosis, correct insertion, and alternatives to foley use
  • Alternative methods implemented such as external female catheters and more scheduled toileting

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Alabama Hospital Improves Process and Outcomes with Critical Assessment Team (CAT)

Alabama Hospital Improves Process and Outcomes with Critical Assessment Team (CAT) Regional Medical Center (RMC) is a 338-bed hospital located in Anniston, AL which lies in the foothills
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Alabama Hospital Demonstrates Improvement with HAI Review Team

Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center is part of the Regional Medical Center (RMC) located in Anniston, AL. It is comprised of two campuses, NEARMC, a 338-bed hospital and Stringfellow, a 125-bed hospital.
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Florida Hospital Maintains Zero Rates for CAUTI and CLABSI

Keralty Hospital is a 125-bed hospital located in Miami, FL and a top performer in Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) and Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections (CLABSI) prevention.
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Jefferson Healthcare (WA) Shares Health Equity Journey

Jefferson Healthcare (WA) Shares Health Equity Journey
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Georgia Hospital Maintains Zero Rate for Hospital-Acquired Pressure Injuries

Emory Hillandale, a 100-bed hospital located on the eastern perimeter of Atlanta is part of Emo
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Alabama Hospital Reduces Readmissions

Marshall Medical North - Guntersville, AL
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Patient Safety Topic: ADE Anticoagulants and Use of Hospital Portal

Russell Medical Center is an 81-bed hospital located in Alexander City, AL and is 1 of 6 “five star” hospitals in the state of Alabama recognized by CMS. During a recent Quality Leader Summit, Brenda Duncan, RN, Director of Quality Manageme
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Patient Safety Topic: ADE Opioids

Wellstar Sylvan Grove Hospital, a 25 bed critical access hospital located in Jackson, GA shared their journey to improved
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Washington Hospital Reduces SSI Rate

Washington Hospital Reduces SSI Rate  Between 2012 to 2015, Newport Hospital and Health Services, a 24-bed rural critical access hospital in Newport, Wash., discovered its surgical site infection (SSI) rates ha
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Coffee Regional Medical Center

Coffee Regional Medical Center, a 98-bed hospital located in Douglas, GA provides high-quality, patient-centered care and has been named a Top Small Hospital in Georgia. As an acute care facility in a rural community with limited reso
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Hanover Hospital (KS) Uses Patient and Family Engagement to Help Patients Find Community Resources

Hanover Hospital (KS) Uses Patient and Family Engagement to Help Patients Find Community Resources While finishing her master's degree in social work, Cassie Pralle, T-LMSW, learned about the importance of looking at and evaluating which resou
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North Baldwin Patient Safety Culture

North Baldwin Infirmary, a 78-bed community hospital located in Bay Minette, Ala., is committed to patient safety and a healthy culture. Their high-reliability program consists of: