Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative

One in four Kansans dies from heart disease or stroke, and rural communities have the highest mortality rates. The Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative is an innovative care delivery and payment model to improve rural Kansans' heart health and stroke outcomes and reduce the total cost of care.

Welcome to the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative website. In this section, you will find updated information and materials relating to the collaborative. Check back often for the latest updates.


About the program

The collaborative is a grant-funded program of The University of Kansas Health System. The three-year, $12.5 million grant was one of 39 grants awarded nationally as part of the Healthcare Innovation Awards, sponsored by The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Innovation Center.


The University of Kansas Health System will partner with Hays Medical Center and 10 critical-access hospitals, a federally qualified health center, primary care providers and specialists serving northwest Kansas. Working together, collaborative partners will develop and implement new strategies to deliver the right care at the right place at the right time.


The collaborative will bring systemic change to heart disease and stroke treatment in rural populations and reduce total costs of care. Our hope is that this new care model will be replicated, effectively changing healthcare on a national level.


Our goal is twofold: to provide high-quality care for rural Kansans and to reduce healthcare costs. Specifically, the collaborative plans to:

  • Reduce healthcare costs by $13.8 million (1.9% savings) for the residents of rural Northwest Kansas counties who are at risk of or have suffered a heart attack or stroke.
  • Reduce deaths from stroke and heart attack in rural communities by 20%.


The collaborative will employ a number of strategies over the course of three years to accomplish its goals, including:

  • Expand care delivery team through facilitated communication.
  • Deliver highly specialized care at rural bedside.
  • Facilitate appropriate patient transfers.
  • Use data to drive meaningful interventions.
  • Engage at-risk patients to improve health.
  • Reduce costs through collaboration and sustainable models for access and treatment.

Data on operational measures will be regularly reported to the CMS Innovation Center to demonstrate quality improvement.

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