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.

Stroke Facts

Stroke is the second leading cause of the death worldwide.

It is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

One in four Kansans die from heart disease or stroke.

55,000 strokes occur each year in the state of Kansas.

Though some risk factors such as age and family history can't be changed, many risk factors can be controlled.

Learn more about health lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease.

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.

Read the press release.


The Kansas Heart and Stroke 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.

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

To achieve this over the course of three years, we plan to:

  • 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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