HQI Invites Hospital Participation for CalHEN 2.0

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is expected to soon award contracts for Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) as part of its Partnership for Patients initiative. The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) invites all California hospitals to join forces on HQI’s HEN 2.0.

In the first round of HEN initiatives, HQI operated CalHEN, which gathered 149 California hospitals to make significant improvements in several areas of harm, preventing more than 8,700 harmful events while avoiding $74 million in unnecessary health care costs. For HEN 2.0, HQI will advance a California-specific approach accounting for unique local and regional features, and will provide the greatest improvement value to California patients and hospital systems. To indicate interest in joining HQI’s HEN 2.0, contact Priscilla Magano.

After carefully considering all options for the new HEN 2.0, HQI joined 25 other state hospital associations in advancing a proposal through continued partnership with Health Research and Educational Trust.

HEN 2.0 will focus on four drivers of improvement success: leadership and governance, physician engagement, patient and family engagement, and engagement of unit staff closest to care. Pending final confirmation by CMS, it is anticipated that funding will be released in mid-to-late September. The initiative will emphasize hospital acquired infections and collaborative efforts toward reducing readmissions. With a focus on cultural competence and disparities in care, HEN 2.0 is well aligned with HQI’s emphasis to improve the experience of health care for diverse populations in California.

In addition to HEN 2.0, CMS is issuing related funding to many organizations, including the quality improvement organizations (QIOs). HQI is working with partners such as HSAG (the QIO for California) to ensure synergy and avoid duplication for hospitals.

Committed to partnering with California hospitals to accelerate improvement in critical areas of health care, HQI will continue to update member hospitals on further HEN 2.0 developments.