Foundation reps visit TN Hospital Association for national HQIC event

Patti Taylor (left) and Harmona Epps

It was a road trip to Nashville as representatives of the DFW Hospital Council (DFWHC) Foundation visited the Tennessee Hospital Association headquarters for a national Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC) event on June 6.

Patti Taylor, director of quality and patient safety, and Harmona Epps, grant compliance administrator, represented the DFWHC Foundation.

Since 2020, the DFWHC Foundation has been a subcontractor on HQIC, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) project through Cynosure Health.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have never before had an in-person event,” said Patti. “This was a great opportunity to get all the hospital associations from across the U.S. together to discuss best practices. And it was great to put a face to emails and virtual meetings. Many thanks to the Tennessee Hospital Association for hosting the event.”

More than 300 hospitals from across 12 states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas are participating in HQIC. The goal of the program is to provide customized, data-driven quality improvement assistance to meet the specific needs of hospitals when decreasing harm and reducing readmissions.

“All hospitals in Texas are eligible to receive the resources free of charge,” Patti said. “The HQIC hospitals get extra coaching and have access to experts to provide educational programs that will fit their needs.”

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Patti Taylor provides an introduction to the DFWHC Foundation.

Representatives from 12 states participated.