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Special Innovation Projects

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in an effort to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries receive better care, better health, and greater value, has provided Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations opportunities to propose innovative projects that address local healthcare quality issues. These projects, known as Special Innovation Projects (SIPs), represent a paradigm shift in how CMS identifies and recognizes the tremendous quality work occurring every day in our local communities, and seeks to capitalize on interventions that have not yet made it into mainstream adoption. KFMC is currently working on the following, innovative projects in Kansas:

Home Health Infection Prevention and Management

Great Plains QIN is facilitating a small collaborative group of home health agencies to develop and test home health specific tools and resources to reduce home health acquired infections that may lead to unnecessary admissions or avoidable readmissions. For more information regarding this project, please contact Brenda Davis, BSN, RN.

Pain Management and Appropriate Utilization of Opioids

KFMC works in selected communities to target education, disseminate Self-Management interventions and facilitate targeted improvement efforts to demonstrate that appropriate pain management (including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions) coupled with appropriate prescribing guidelines can change the trajectory of opioid prescribing practices. For more information regarding this project, please contact Sarah Irsik Good.

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Patient, Family and Emergency Medical Service Early Recognition of Sepsis in Rural Communities: Critical to Reducing Progression of Sepsis Harm and Death

Great Plains QIN received special funding to work in rural geographical locations in each state to increase awareness and early recognition of sepsis. Kansas will focus on Edwards County, Rooks County and Smith County as our targeted communities. EMS professionals are critical partners as they can help prevent sepsis infection or death by knowing the risk factors, identifying the symptoms and initiating life-saving treatment. For the next two years, the Great Plans QIN team will provide evidence-based tools, resources, training, and subject matter experts to reach rural communities and raise awareness of sepsis as a medical emergency. For more information regarding this project, contact Sarah Irsik Good.

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