The IHC Drumbeat is a monthly email featuring hospital success stories, recorded IHC webcasts, and local/national educational resources
March 17, 2016
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Featured in this issue:

Patient Safety Award Winners

On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 during the 12th Annual IHC Patient Safety Conference, six healthcare organizations received Patient Safety Awards.

This award is presented to healthcare providers and/or healthcare organizations who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and achievement in patient safety.  The Patient Safety Award aims to raise the standard of healthcare in Iowa by promoting a culture of continuous improvement in quality, safety, and value.

This award honors patient safety champions that support the following initiatives: improve patient safety; reduce the risk of harm; and keep patients at the center of care.

Outstanding work at Myrtue Medical Center garnered the Patient Safety Grand Prize award! 
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The passionate Myrtue team developed a multi-angle approach to safety. Interventions ranged from simple changes, such as updating labeling on medications to TaLLman lettering, to more involved changes, like a new high-alert medications monitoring system integrated into electronic documentation. Myrtue Medical Center amended the medication administration policy by requiring documentation of practitioners’ notification date and time in the medical record; a tubing misconnection prevention labeling system; and reevaluation of “rights,” which were posted on the floors. Through these outstanding interventions and implementation by healthcare providers, the number of medication errors reaching patients were reduced by 84% in eight months from November 14, 2014, to July 15, 2015.

“We’re very proud of the work being done in Iowa,” said Dr. Tom Evans, President and CEO of IHC.  “Patient safety is about eliminating unintended consequences of medical care.  This award allows us to highlight some of the best efforts in our state as we work toward our vision of delivering the most effective and efficient healthcare in the nation.”

Five categorical award recipients were also announced:
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CHI Health Mercy Council Bluffs 

Person and Family Engagement Award
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Community Memorial Hospital

Hospital Acquired Conditions Award
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Great River Medical Center, West Burlington 

Healthcare-associated Infections Award
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Mercy Medical Center Sioux City

Improving Culture of Safety/Safety Across the Board
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Regional Medical Center, Manchester 

Care Transitions
Follow this link the view the amazing work of these organizations!

Congratulations to all of our
award winners!


Successful Conferences!

Last week IHC had two wonderful days of conferences! On March 8th and 9th, the State Innovation Model (SIM) and 12th Annual Patient Safety Conferences were held at the Meadows Events and Conference Center in Altoona, Iowa. 

Over the course of two days, nearly 400 attendees experienced sessions highlighting best practices shared by national content experts and local success stories.

Attendees at the Patient Safety Conference were moved by Tiffany Christensen, CEO, Sick Girl Speaks, as she discussed her experience as a patient and patient advocate. "You can give data, but I guarantee that only part of that information will stick. You only engage one part of the anatomy that way-- the brain. To really make it stick, you have to engage the story. The heart."

Attendees at the SIM conference received an opening message from Governor Brandstad sharing Iowa's dedication to become the healthiest state through collaborative partnerships among state agencies, healthcare entities, and local community services. The Governor highlighted the SIM as an opportunity to strategically align statewide resources to achieve this vision of health and well-being for all Iowans.
Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, and community partners who helped make these
events successful!

MBQIP - Due Tomorrow

MBQIP measure data is reported to the IHC HEN Database for Iowa HEN CAHs. There is a deadline for submission of each month. We strongly recommend hospitals follow the monthly reporting deadline schedule which is referenced in the IHC Database Metric and Measurement Toolkit on page 14.

MBQIP Phase 3 Measure data is due tomorrow, March 18, 2016.

Please note that because of the very different deadlines for MBQIP and HEN data, hospitals will likely enter MBQIP data prior to having all HEN data entered and completed. Due to this difference in data entry timelines and availability of all data, hospitals will not have the ability to “complete the month” with only MBQIP data entered. Months can only be “completed” when ALL MBQIP and HEN data has been entered. IHC will still have access to the entered MBQIP data even if the month has not yet been “completed”.

If you have questions about the EDTC submission, contact Jennifer Brockman or Kathy Trytten at IHC.  If you have questions about the MBQIP measures in general contact Mary Beth Sorensen.

Join the HEN-HUB Today!
Explore this exciting community platform today! Your IHC Improvement Advisors, staff, and faculty use this platform to provide resources and information about HEN 2.0. For the next two weeks, we are discussing health disparities in healthcare!

Interested in this topic? Join the HEN-HUB today to share your thoughts, discuss the topic with community members, and access great resources!

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Upcoming Calls:
What's Up Call -
April 12, 2016 at 10:00am CT.

Infection Control Call - April 11, 2016 at 11:00am CT.
HEN Reporting Deadlines February 2016:
March 18, 2016

All Reporting -
April 15, 2016

CEO Reminder -
May 1, 2016

*Questions? Contact Jennifer at
Upcoming Events:
  • Sepsis Quality Improvement and Early Identification - March 23, 2016
    Follow this link to register
  • TeamSTEPPS Community of Practice, Webinar - April 7, 2016
    Email Kady Reese for more information
  • Fall Prevention Community of Practice - April 19, 2016
    Email Jennifer for more information
  • HEN Learning Community - June 14, 2016
  • Care Coordination Conference - June 15, 2016
  • SIM Learning Community - July 12, 2016
  • TeamSTEPPS Community of Practice, Workshop - July 13, 2016
    Email Kady Reese for more information
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