Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN)

HAP serves as one of 17 national, regional, or state hospital associations and health system organizations contracted to reduce preventable hospital-associated conditions and readmissions.

HAP helps Pennsylvania hospitals improve quality and safety of patient care

Harm reduction took center stage in 2011 when HAP received its first contract with the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) Partnership for Patients initiative—a nationwide public-private collaboration focusing on reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions. Originally the Hospital Engagement Network (HAP HEN), followed by HEN 2.0, and finally, HAP's Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HAP HIIN).

HAP HIIN's goals include a 20 percent reduction in all-cause harm: Adverse Drug Events, Postoperative Venous Thromboembolism Prevention, Injury from Falls and Immobility, Pressure Ulcers, Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock Mortality; and Device Related Infections, including CDI, SSI, CAUTI, and CLABSI. HAP HIIN also aims to achieve a 12 percent reduction in all-cause 30-day readmission rates.

To assist hospitals in achieving these goals, HAP utilizes a clinical staff comprised of registered nurses and infection professionals to oversee these specific areas of focus. Armed with experience, the most recent advances in evidence based care, and a data team dedicated to identifying performance and trends, HAP’s project managers use a variety of tools for improving clinical performance. These tools include: one-on-one coaching calls, office hours open call-in times, peer-to-peer support, e-learning modules, webinars, site visits, in-person events, and other personalized forms of education.  

HAP Contacts

For additional information regarding these patient safety initiatives, please contact Robert Shipp, HAP’s vice president, quality and population health. For media inquiries, contact Rachel Moore, director, media relations.


HAP News

September 18, 2020

Hospital Employees Encouraged to Register and Vote in November Election

The outcome of this year’s election will be critical to those who work in health care because those who are elected will make important decisions that affect health care as well as Pennsylvania’s hospitals. HAP is supporting the American Hospital Association’s “We Care, We Vote” campaign and is encouraging hospital employees to register to vote and to vote on November 3.

September 17, 2020

CMS Releases Guidance on Advancing Value-Based Care for Medicaid Populations

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance aimed at assisting states in moving to value-based care models within their Medicaid populations. In keeping with its strategy to enhance and increase value-based care models for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS believes aligning the Medicaid program, as well as encouraging private payors to adopt similar new payment models, will help drive care transformation and adoption of these new models. The guidance also includes new flexibilities awarded to states to help them with this transition.

September 16, 2020

Advocates for Medical Research Call for NIH Investments

A broad coalition of medical research advocates, including researchers and stakeholders representing more than 300 organizations and institutions including HAP, are urging Congress to make funding the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority.

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