American Hospital Association
Health Research & Educational Trust

HEN 2.0 Fellowship

AHA/HRET is partnering with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to offer the HEN 2.0 Fellowship program. We are offering two tracks, an Experienced Action Leader Fellowship and a Foundational Action Leader Fellowship. For more information, access our fellowship description or download the fellowship flyer. For those that missed the kickoff webinars, you can still participate. Fellows can miss up to two events. Please watch the kickoff webinar and register for the next event.

HEN 2.0 Data Collection

Once hospitals have committed to the HEN 2.0 project goals, participating hospitals will complete the HEN 2.0 needs assessment. HRET collects HEN 2.0 data through its Comprehensive Data System (CDS). Learn more about HEN 2.0 data collection from the Data Introduction Webinar and CDS Quick Start Guide. For more about the project's required measures, access the Encyclopedia of Measures.

#123forEquity Pledge to Act

Take the #123forEquity Pledge to Eliminate Health Care Disparities! In order for all individuals to reach their highest potential for health, we must eliminate health care disparities. The AHA is a partner in the National Call to Action to Eliminate Health Care Disparities and we are asking all hospitals to:

  1. TAKE THE PLEDGE: Pledge to achieve the three areas of the Call to Action within the next 12 months.
  2. TAKE ACTION: Implement strategies supported by your board and leadership and aligned with your strategic plan. Provide quarterly updates to AHA and your board to track progress.
  3. TELL OTHERS: Tell your story and share your learnings during events and through social media to encourage others to act.

IFD Survey on Health Disparities, Diversity Management

HRET and the Institute for Diversity in Health Management (IFD) are encouraging all hospitals to complete, by November 30, a survey about their efforts to address health care disparities and improve diversity management practices. The survey was sent to hospital CEOs.

We encourage hospitals to take advantage of this assessment to help identify opportunities with regard to the HEN 2.0 goals. Results from the survey will be shared at the Institute’s 2016 National Leadership and Education Conference, June 21-22, 2016 in Philadelphia. In addition, hospitals that complete the survey will receive a summary of the findings and may request a customized performance benchmarking report from the Institute. For more information, contact Tomás Leόn at

HEN 2.0 Contracts Awarded

AHA/HRET has been selected as one of 17 national, regional or state hospital associations and health system organizations to continue efforts in reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions. The period of performance for this second round of Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) is one year and began on September 24, 2015. Access the AHA press release. HEN 2.0 is part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Partnership for Patients, a nationwide public-private collaboration to keep patients from being harmed while in the hospital and heal without complication once they are discharged. Access the CMS press release and HEN 2.0 fact sheet.  

Huddle for Care

Huddle for Care is a platform to foster peer-to-peer exchange of transitional care solutions. The solutions to some of the toughest challenges caregivers face in transitional care can come from peers—others who are on the front-line every day, working to improve the experiences of patients as they transition through the health care system. Stories inspire connections. Here’s some of story topics you can find at after-hospital care, effective hospital teamwork, patient engagement, readmission drivers, improvement strategies and data collection/analysis. Huddle for Care can help you and your organization showcase the great work being done by your facility to improve care transitions and provide peer networking opportunities. Join the conversation around effective strategies!

High Performing Hospital Video Series

Sharing best practices and facilitating peer-to-peer learning were core elements of the AHA/HRET HEN. As a result, the AHA/HRET developed a video series to showcase the successes and lessons learned from high performing hospitals. Los Alamitos Medical Center in Alamitos, Calif. is featured in this video. View all 17 high performing HEN hospital videos. 

HEN 2014 Final Report

As a part of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) campaign, the AHA/HRET HEN 1.0 was in action from December 2011 to December 2014 to reduce hospital-acquired conditions by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent. Over the three year project, the initial HEN prevented an estimate of over 92,000 harms with an estimated cost savings of $988 million. For more information, read the HEN 1.0 Project Impact Summary, the Final Report and its appendices.