American Hospital Association
Health Research & Educational Trust

HRET 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. This was largely due to the work of hospitals that participated in the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and HEN 2.0. An American Journal of Medical Quality article, written by HRET staff, explores the relationship between engagement in improvement activities and affected quality measures.

The HRET HIIN is the largest and most diverse HIIN with over 1,600 participating hospitals, 32 state hospital associations, 6 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:


For more information and to join the HRET HIIN Community, contact your State Partner.



The HRET HEN 2.0 was in action from September 2015 to September 2016 to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent. Over the one year project, HRET HEN 2.0 hospitals prevented roughly over 34,000 harms and have saved nearly $300 million in health care costs.

Click here to view the HRET HEN 2.0 Final Report.