of Rhode Island

Hospital Association

Hospitals are set further this work as part of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks being launched by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in 2016. The focus of the networks will be:


  1. Adverse drug events
  2. Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI)
  3. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI)
  4. Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bacterial infection, including Antibiotic Stewardship
  5. Injury from falls and immobility
  6. Pressure Ulcers
  7. Sepsis and Septic Shock
  8. Surgical Site Infections (SSI)
  9. Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  10. Ventilator-Associated Events (VAE), to include Infection-related Ventilator-Associated Complication (IVAC) and Ventilator-Associated Condition (VAC)
  11. Readmissions 

Hospital Improvement Innovation Network

The Hospital Association of Rhode Island and its member hospitals, as a part of the American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust Hospital Engagement Network, was one of 17 national, regional, or state hospital associations and health system organizations selected to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. Through the Partnership for Patients initiative – a nationwide public-private collaboration that began in 2011 to reduce preventable hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and 30-day readmissions by 20 percent – hospitals in Rhode Island participated in a second round of Hospital Engagement Networks to continue working to improve patient care in the hospital setting. 

​In three years, hospitals in Rhode Island improved care for nearly 4,000 patients with a cost savings of more than $30 million. The second round continued work to develop learning collaboratives for hospitals and provide a wide array of initiatives and activities to improve patient safety.