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Hospital Spotlight: Spencer Hospital

On Monday, April 1st, Spencer Hospital was asked to participate and present their ADE story on a CMS national webinar for HENs and HEN Hospitals. The webinar featured various HENs and hospitals sharing their work with ADEs over the past couple of years in an effort to spread successes across the country. If you were unable to listen last week, CLICK HERE for the recording.

Additional resources Spencer mentioned: 

IHC Leapfrog Position Statement 

Earlier today an email went out to you and your CEOs. Each year, the Iowa hospital community is asked by IHBA and HPCI to complete the Leapfrog Survey.  If you have not yet received this request, I suspect you will soon. 
The Leapfrog Hospital Quality and Safety Survey is occasionally modified to reflect new learning about quality and safety measures.  IHC has an annual process that reviews changes in Leapfrog, crosswalks this survey with other national initiatives and considers alignment with your work to improve quality, safety and transparency.  Please find attached the IHC position statement on Leapfrog reporting.  This was first developed in November of 2007 and is reviewed on an annual basis after review of available Leapfrog information.  In February of 2012, the IHC Board reviewed this information and reaffirmed the IHC position statement. 
The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative does not support or endorse hospital reporting to Leapfrog. 
Please feel free to contact us with questions or concerns.

Implementing Clinical Fall Prevention in Your Community Webinar

The STEADI Toolkit is a suite of materials created by CDC for healthcare professionals.  Join this webinar on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 11:00 CT to learn about the development of the STEADI Toolkit, details of the resources, methods for incorporating into clinical practices, and strategies for using physician-based incentives to recruit providers. Click here to register or download promotional flyer

Join Us for Today's HEN 'What's Up?' Call

Dr. Evans and staff will hold our 'What's Up?' conference call for the hospitals today. If you need the conference phone number and pass-code, reply to this email. Today's agenda will discuss how the government sequestration is effecting conferences, improvement advisor transitions, and a discussion on regional meeting planning.  We look forward to catching up with you  at 10:00 am. 

IHC Webcasts

Local/National Educational Resources

Available local and national educational resources that align with the HEN:
Article on Mercy North Iowa Reducing Readmissions
HIE Toolkit - Health Information Exchange resources from IDPH

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