CMS unveils Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks program

CMS issued a request for proposals for Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks initiative Wednesday. HIINs will be tasked with helping reduce overall patient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by the end of 2019.

In a blog post, Patrick Conway, MD, CMS' acting principal deputy administrator and CMO, said the new organizations will be part of the Quality Improvement Organization initiative and will continue the work done by Hospital Engagement Networks since 2012.

"The further integration of work across these influential networks will permit the continued and increased systematic use of proven practices to improve patient safety and reduce readmissions, at a national scale in all U.S. hospitals," Dr. Conway wrote.

However, the HIIN program seems to be the end for HENs, as Dr. Conway wrote, "Organizations who were a HEN in the first and second rounds of the Partnership for Patients or QIOs and other organizations…are welcome to submit a proposal for the HIIN opportunity, but will compete for selection against all other organizations submitting proposals."

The American Hospital Association, which was involved in the HEN program, plans to "actively engage with CMS on the new Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks initiative," AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack said, according to AHA News.

Find more information on the request for proposal here.

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