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As part of the healthcare team caring for patients, activated physicians play a major role in quality improvement and safety at every hospital. The HRET HIIN promotes physician participation in quality and safety through a number of venues and vehicles that increases professional satisfaction and produces breakthroughs in clinical outcomes. With patient care at the core of all improvement, strengthening relationships and enhancing participation with all members of the medical staff is an imperative we’ll work to support utilizing the training and resources below.

HRET HIIN is now partnering with AHA's Physician Leadership Forum (PLF) to offer physician leadership strategies in order to advance patient care excellence. This partnership provides physicians to take advantage of PLF’s resources and an opportunity to collaborate with providers who work closely on leadership and quality and patient safety initiatives. Learn more about PLF by following the link below.

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The second Adaptive Leadership in Medicine training will be held in Nashville, TN from October 26-27, 2017. HRET will be offering up to 40 scholarships for HRET HIIN hospital physicians and administrators to attend. This unique opportunity asks for a physician and administrator from the same hospital to join as a team to take part in a training focusing on adaptive leadership. Adaptive leadership assists in providing leaders with the insights and resilience needed to lead change when facing complex systemic problems in uncertain times. It is:

  • A people-focused approach to leadership development
  • Grounded in inclusion, honoring diverse perspectives
  • Based on the premise that leadership is an activity, not a person, and can be exercised by anyone, no matter their role
  • Building a network of adaptive leadership champions

Additional details on how to apply for the scholarship to attend will be provided shortly. Please contact or your state hospital association with any questions you may have regarding the event registration and/or its learning objectives.

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) has announced that the American Hospital Association (AHA) has joined the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program). Hospitals and health systems participating in the AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) can now facilitate Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) credit for physicians who are Board Certified by one of the 21 of 24 ABMS Member Boards participating in the Portfolio Program.

The HRET HIIN is the first HIIN in the country to offer this service to its more than 1,600 participating hospitals. Through ABMS MOC Part IV credit, physicians can meet the requirements for maintaining their certification while meaningfully participating in quality improvement programs in their organizations. Partnering on ABMS MOC Part IV will also reduce duplication of quality improvement efforts. Physicians will earn credit for their work with the HRET HIIN hospitals on any of the HIIN-related hospital-acquired condition topics.

The program runs from May 15, 2017 to September 27, 2018. A FAQ guide which provides details on the requirements can be found here. HRET will provide an online registration for all physicians and a tool to collect the physician information needed (physician name, NPI, email address, topic the physician is working on, start date that physician began working on project, end date the physician completed the project, physician date of birth) this fall, but project work can begin after May 15, 2017. This is an exciting opportunity for physicians and hospitals to continue their collaboration and create meaningful – and sustained – improvements in patient safety.

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