Great Lakes Partners for Patients Hospital Improvement   

The Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA), Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) and Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) have partnered to launch a unique initiative to assist our members in reducing hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions under the new national Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) program.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a two-year HIIN contract (with an optional third year based on performance), with IHA, MHA and WHA forming the Great Lakes Partners for Patients HIIN (Great Lakes HIIN) to reduce HACs by 20% and readmissions by 12% from a 2014 baseline.

The Great Lakes HIIN gives participating hospitals and health systems the opportunity to share solutions that have been successful in rural, urban and suburban communities across Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. The partnership allows us to continue implementing innovations necessary to achieve goals to prevent harm, save lives and lower healthcare costs. To date, 125 hospitals in Illinois have committed to the Great Lakes Partners for Patients HIIN.