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HSAG, HQI Partnership Receives Federal Contract Extension for Quality, Safety Initiatives

The Hospital Quality Institute (HQI) and the Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) have announced that they have received a six-month funding extension for the HSAG Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN). For the last two years, the HSAG HIIN has served as one of the 16 such networks across the country awarded a contract by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The funding supports key quality and safety efforts at 277 hospitals nationwide, including 248 hospitals in California. This extension allows the HIIN to continue its work through March 2019; no action by hospitals is required.

The HSAG HIIN is ranked fourth nationally in outcomes achieved, and has reported a cost savings of an estimated $212,499,679 since the program’s start in 2016. To date, the hospitals in HSAG HIIN have prevented approximately 25,205 harms and saved approximately 1,777 lives. The contract extension will support current initiatives to eliminate harm and support additional innovation to address:

  • Person and family engagement 
  • Preventable readmissions
  • Health care disparities 
  • Opioid and antibiotic stewardship

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