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Baby Image by rawpixelDelivering the right care at the right time in the right setting is the core mission of Kentucky hospitals. KHA is committed to helping members improve the quality of care they provide every day. The Association has multiple initiatives and resources to further this goal. You can find details of all the programs in the Safety and Quality section of the website.


The Kentucky Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (K-HIIN) is part of the Health Research & Educational Trust's (HRET) a two-year contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to continue efforts to reduce hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Thanks to the work of hospitals across the country that participated in the HRET Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and HEN 2.0, we have been able to save over 87,000 lives resulting in over $19.8 billion in cost savings over the past four years! The HRET HIIN will align, accelerate and amplify the prior HRET HEN and Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIO) successes to pursue the ambitious new goals of reducing all-cause inpatient harm by 20 percent and readmissions by 12 percent by 2019.


The Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KIPSQ) is an organization dedicated to improving the safety, quality and cost-effectiveness of patient care throughout Kentucky. In November of 2008, KIPSQ was listed as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) and re-certified in 2011 by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) as a PSO pursuant to the Patient Safety Act of 2005.

The KIPSQ PSO is a way for health care organizations to have quality and patient safety related data – including peer review deliberations – federally protected as confidential, privileged and protected from legal discovery. KIPSQ will also enable organizations to participate in shared learning to foster improvements in the processes used to deliver patient care.