KHA Continues Statewide Rollout of Structured Communication for Clinical Care Transitions with I-PASS


I-PASS, the gold standard for reducing preventable medical errors through improved clinical communications during care transitions, today announced Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH), the largest care provider in Eastern Kentucky, as the second participant in the I-PASS Kentucky Hospital Association Transitions and Communication in Hospitals (KHATCH) Program. The I-PASS KHATCH Program, the first statewide program of its kind in the country, enables the Kentucky Hospital Association’s (KHA) member network to receive funded access to the I-PASS solution. Joining Baptist Health in the program, ARH will implement I-PASS across the health system’s 12 Kentucky-based hospitals to reduce preventable medical errors and advance patient safety statewide.

Launched in November 2023, the I-PASS KHATCH Program aims to improve patient safety and reduce preventable medical errors through standardized handoffs. Through the program, KHA will fund ARH’s complete implementation of the I-PASS bundle, which includes coaching, consultation, and a collection of technological tools to increase the quality and reliability of verbal and written handoffs.

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