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Collaborative Overview

Collaborative Overview

Collaboratives are topic specific initiatives utilizing defined measures with established goals and objectives. These offerings allow members with similar needs to collaborate around specific improvement opportunities using appropriate PI methodologies. The collaborative structure and process includes a framework for improvement and incorporates evidence-based medicine and leading practices when available. Goal status and ongoing performance of participants is monitored individually and aggregately, and is reported utilizing collaborative dashboards. In 2018, Vizient MidSouth will be offering collaboratives in the areas noted below.

Diabetes Management
This enhanced collaborative will address issues related to the clinical impact of diabetes including complications, mortality and cost. Specific opportunities that will be discussed include:
  • Pre-diabetes screening and risk assessment in the community and at physician practices
  • Self-management of risk factors associated with pre-diabetes and diabetes
  • In-patient and out-patient diabetes education
  • Glycemic control and diabetes management during hospitalization
  • Transition of care and discharge planning
  • Community partnerships and engagement
ED Behavioral Health
This collaborative is designed to support and assist members with their improvements to effectively manage patient safety and quality, and to overall improve the care and management of behavioral health patients within the Emergency Department (ED BH).
Joy in the Workplace
Vizient Inc. is now offering a performance improvement (PI) collaborative called Joy in the Workplace. Vizient MidSouth members who sign up for the national collaborative will benefit from educational webinars and receive a comparative dashboard that includes national benchmarks and regional member data. Additionally, members can participate in Vizient MidSouth’s enhanced Joy in the Workplace Collaborative that includes local in-person meetings, site visits, assistance with project management and regular coaching calls from Vizient MidSouth PI advisors.
Managing Back Pain and Spinal Surgery
This enhanced collaborative will address issues related to the implementation of the CMS’ Meaningful Measures for spinal surgery outcomes. Specific opportunities that will be discussed include:
  • Rehabilitation and non-operative spine services
  • Pre-admission care and selection
  • Surgical care
  • Post-operative inpatient care
  • Transition of care and discharge planning
  • Community partnerships and engagement
Vizient Hospital Improvement Innovation Network
In October 2016, Vizient Inc. was selected as one of 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) contracts awarded build upon the collective momentum of the Hospital Engagement Networks and Quality Improvement Organizations to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions.

Vizient is one of only two health care organizations in the nation to be awarded both a HIIN and Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) contract. Both of the initiatives, in partnership with CMS, are aimed at helping clinicians and hospitals provide patient-centered quality health care services.

Through 2019, these Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks will work to achieve a 20 percent decrease in overall patient harm and a 12 percent reduction in 30-day hospital readmissions from the 2014 baseline. Specific areas of harm that the HIIN seeks to reduce are:
  • Adverse drug events (ADE)
  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  • Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  • Injuries from falls and immobility
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Surgical site infections (SSI)
  • Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Ventilator-associated events (VAE)
  • Severe sepsis and septic shock
  • Clostridium difficile (c.diff)
  • All-cause readmissions

Efforts to engage patients and address health equity for Medicare beneficiaries will be central to the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks efforts. CMS will monitor and evaluate the activities of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks to ensure that they are generating results and improving patient safety.

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For information on how to engage or participate, contact us at 770.850.7400 or
900 Circle 75 Parkway Suite 1450 | Atlanta, GA 30339 | 770 850-7400
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