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Reducing Healthcare Associated Infections in Hospitals

CMS awards $347 million to continue progress toward a safer health care system
Hospital Improvement and Innovation Networks to continue patient safety improvement efforts started under the Partnership for Patients initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded $347 million to 16 national, regional, or state hospital associations, Quality Improvement Organizations, and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program. The Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network contracts awarded today build upon the collective momentum of the Hospital Engagement Networks and Quality Improvement Organizations to reduce patient harm and readmissions. This announcement is part of a broader effort to transform our health care system into one that works better for the American people and for the Medicare program. The Administration has a vision of a system that delivers better care, spends our dollars in a smarter way, and puts patients in the center of their care to keep them healthy. Read more.

Are you interested in learning more about the HINNs?  Please see our one-pager on their efforts and the support they will provide your organization.


Alliant Quality, the Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Georgia and North Carolina, will align with the Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) goals as outlined in the Health and Human Services (HHS) National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination and with other public and private programmatic initiatives such as:

  • CMS Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) in the Partnership for Patients,
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored state-based HAI initiatives, and
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) work.


Alliant Quality will work with providers to develop strategies that lead to a patient-centered, comprehensive HAI prevention and reduction plan. Some of these strategies will vary based on regional, facility and/or unit-specific needs but examples include working with participating providers to:

  • comply with meaningful use and subsequent electronic standards,
  • focus on the principles of appropriate medication use through antimicrobial stewardship programs,
  • examine the role of improved care transitions in HAI reduction, and
  • emphasize the importance of vaccination health in infection control and prevention.


Alliant Quality will lead local Learning & Action Networks (LANs) with partners and stakeholders to address HAI reduction and prevention ensuring prevention of duplicative federal, state or local efforts including Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI), Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) and Clostridium difficile Infections (CDI).


News Updates:


Safe Healthcare Blog: What You Should Know About Hand Hygiene

Clean hands can protect patients and healthcare providers from dangerous and deadly infections, but studies show that healthcare providers do not practice hand hygiene every time they should. CDC's new Clean Hands Count campaign answers common questions CDC receives related to hand hygiene, from technique to caring for patients with C. difficile

Clean Hands Count Campaign materials are now available for order. Visit CDC-INFO on Demand ( to order free printed copies.

Join the conversation!

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C. Difficile – Are Carriers Spreading the Germ?
A Commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine

On today’s CDC Safe Healthcare Blog, CDC’s Dr. Clifford McDonald talks about the bacteria that most often cause healthcare-associated infections – Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). There is increasing evidence that patients who carry C. difficile but who are not sick can still spread the germ and make other people sick.

Dr. McDonald and CDC colleague Dr. Alice Guh dig further into this issue in a recent JAMA Internal Medicine article. Their piece is focused on a recent study where clinicians proactively looked for and isolated C. difficile carriers (patients without symptoms) upon hospital admission. In this study, this practice was linked to far fewer cases of healthcare-associated C. difficile infections. 

Read Dr. McDonald’s blog post at DHQP’s Safe Healthcare Blog to learn more.



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