American Hospital Association
Health Research & Educational Trust

Welcome to the HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN)!

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services awarded the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) a two-year 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.  This was largely due to the work of hospitals that participated in the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and HEN 2.0.

Get Involved! Join the HRET HIIN Fellowship Program

HRET HIIN offers two unique fellowship opportunities free of cost to participating HRET HIIN hospitals and partners. Click here for more information and to sign up.

Quality Improvment Fellowship

Delivers key concepts and strategies related to enhancing patient care and supporting quality improvement. There are two tracks: Foundations for Change (new to QI) and Accelerating Improvement (experienced with QI). This fellowship is excellent for anyone on a care team, including nurses, physicians, pharmacists and other front-line staff

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Patient and Family Engagement Fellowship

Covers all aspects of engaging patients, families and caregivers in a health care setting. This fellowship will explore the importance of Patient and Family Advisory Councils, health literacy and involve executive leadership and governance in PFE.

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Get Connected! Join the HRET HIIN LISTSERV® Mailing Lists

HRET HIIN has 9 topic-specific LISTSERV® Mailing Lists that provide answers to your questions from subject matter experts, resources, upcoming events, peer-to-peer networking and shared innovative approaches to reduce harm.  Participating HRET HIIN hospitals and partners are welcome to join any or all of the LISTSERV®.

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Get Results! Utilize HRET HIIN Data Tools

The HRET HIIN project provides data tools to support you:

Encyclopedia of Measures (EOM)

The EOM is the measure reference guide for core evaluation and additional required topic measures.

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Comprehensive Data System

The secure, web-based collection and reporting system that hospitals use for HIIN. For instructions on how to access the CDS, there is a CDS Quick Start Guide for hospitals that are NEW to CDS, and for Returning hospitals.

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Get Informed! News you can use

CMS releases the Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Strategy. The CMS Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Strategy outlines key tenets, foundational principles, and values of person and family engagement, while highlighting the importance of collaboration and partnerships to reach the specified goals.

2016 CMS Quality Conference. HRET staff joined a group of over 2,000 attendees at the 2016 CMS Quality Conference. HRET was selected to present on three topic areas – physician engagement, equity and the UP campaign.

  • Recordings of the grand plenary sessions are available here.
  • Presentations will be available for download on the conference website by January 31, 2017

NASEM issues report with solutions for communities to advance health equity.  A report was issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) which outlines health inequalities in the U.S. and outlines solutions for individual communities to advance health equity.  Read more here

HRET HIIN Social Media. Follow us on Twitter at @HRETtweets and share your improvement journey with peers by using #WhyImHIIN.


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