The IHC Drumbeat is a monthly email featuring hospital success stories, recorded IHC webcasts, and local/national educational resources.


Adair County Health System

ACHS started with an action plan to improve patient safety through the avoidance of harm with falls and medication errors. They reviewed current state and identified improvement opportunities to decrease medication errors through improving communication and changing the culture to a culture of safety.
They started with the HEN in May 2012. By July, their action plan was in the first stages.

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SIM (State Innovation Models) Grant

On December 16, 2014 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that Iowa was one of eleven recipients of the State Innovation Models Testing grant. Iowa was awarded $43.1 million over a four year period.
Iowa’s plan for health system transformation builds upon the ACO model that currently covers the Iowa Wellness Plan population with 3 main goals:
  1. Transform Healthcare Delivery by expanding ACO model and primary care provider assignments to cover the entire Medicaid population while aligning with other payers using standard measurement systems and quality ratings and providing technical assistance to create community care teams and an integrated use of health information exchange
  2. Improve Population Health throughout communities by focusing on the social determinants of health, tools to engage and incent patients and facilitate partnerships for education and outreach
  3. Decrease per capita health care spending by monitoring both value and total cost of care.
Mark your calendars (August 18) and join us as we learn what the statewide strategies are in Iowa. For more information on this meeting please contact Nancy Thompson at

Coverdell Stroke Assessment and Care Workshop

On June 11 University of Nebraska Medical Center campus in Omaha, a group of stroke coordinators, nurses, EMS personnel and physicians learned first-hand how to enhance their understanding of stroke care by participating in interactive group scenarios. For more information on this event and how the information presented could help you and your care team, please contact Ellyn Cowan at

We say goodbye..
IHC staff member Lance Roberts, PhD  has been with us since the inception of our organization.  Lance has represented IHC on NQF committees and the Network for Regional Health Improvement (NRHI), and spearheaded our public reporting efforts.  He is truly a statewide biostatistical resource and has been an important part of our work for the past 10 years. We will miss him as he moves on in his career but are assured we will still work closely with him..even perhaps see him catching a fly ball at an I-Cubs game.
Best wishes, Lance!
man, woman catching ball

As we enter HEN 2.0, The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) has applied to continue as a HEN. If awarded, IHC will continue to work with hospitals to engage them in reducing preventable inpatient harm by 40% and readmissions by 20%. We ask you to sign this charter prior to award as your commitment to ongoing HEN efforts and will establish your involvement with the IHC HEN if awarded.

Our clinical coordinators Jennifer Brockman, and Cyndi Schmidt, are here to assist you with your efforts.

Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI)

We are guardedly optimistic that when awards are announced, Iowa will be among the recipients.  With this in mind, we are pressing forward and preparing for a probable and swift launch. For more information on this exciting initiative, please contact TCPI Project Director, Ashley (Atherton) Thompson at


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