Collective Medical Partners with the Kentucky Hospital Association

Partnership to uniquely foster collaboration enabling Kentucky
hospitals to better combat the opioid epidemic

, delivering the nation’s largest and most effective network
for care collaboration, today announced a partnership with the Kentucky
Hospital Association (KHA). The partnership supports providers across
the state with real-time information at the point of care to identify
and support complex patients. In addition to fostering care
collaboration across KHA member hospitals and surrounding regions, the
partnership will focus on helping member hospitals identify and support
patients with a possible substance use disorder and will prioritize
workplace safety and security for care teams.

According to the National
Institute on Drug Abuse,
Kentucky is among the top ten states with
the highest opioid-related overdose deaths—with nearly double the
national rate. Related, the state has seen a 37-fold increase in
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome between 2000 and 2013.

“Collective has supported dramatically improved patient outcomes in
states across the country, and it has become instrumental for hospitals
combating the opioid epidemic,” says Melissa Platt, MD, of the
University of Louisville Health System. UofL Hospital is located in the
heart of the Louisville Metro, and is the only Level 1 Trauma Center in
the region. Platt continues, “We’re thrilled to join the Collective
network and provide our care teams with a proven technology to identify
and collaborate on our high-risk and complex patients.”

Use of the Collective network and platform is proven to impact the
opioid epidemic. As an example, Washington State, where Collective
serves as the technical backbone to the state’s groundbreaking “ER
is for Emergencies”
program, has seen a 24 percent reduction in
opioid prescriptions coming out of the emergency department (ED) since
the program’s inception. Likewise, at Mat-Su
Regional Medical Center
in Palmer, Alaska, use of the Collective
platform combined with statewide prescribing guidelines has resulted in
a 61 percent reduction in opioid scripts written between 2015 and 2017
and a 47 percent reduction in opioids given in the ED.

“The Collective network gives our hospital a way to collaborate with
other care teams to identify and develop care plans for at-risk and
complex patients,” says Dennis Johnson, CEO of Hardin Memorial Hospital
in Elizabethtown, which operates one of the busiest EDs in the state.
Johnson adds that, “With Collective, hospitals in Kentucky are empowered
to work with each other—and with hospitals across the country—for the
benefit of our patients.”

The partnership between Collective and KHA will also target security and
safety in the ED, which is a priority not only in Kentucky but
nationwide. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) announced
results of a recent poll
of 3,500 emergency physicians finding that
nearly half of those surveyed had been physically assaulted while at
work. More than six in 10 of those assaulted say it has occurred within
the past year. Likewise, the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration estimates
that of the 25,000 workplace assaults that occur annually, 75 percent
occur in healthcare and social services settings – and these incidents
are under-reported. The Collective network offers a unique and effective
way for facilities to record and share security and safety events for
the benefit of care teams and patients. The Collective platform offers
EDs the opportunity to document when a patient poses a safety threat to
care providers, staff, other patients in the ED, or themselves.

“This partnership will foster collaboration between our state’s care
teams, making it easier to provide patients with quality care, while
achieving the larger goal of curbing the opioid epidemic and
prioritizing the safety of hospital staff,” says Mike Rust, president of
the Kentucky Hospital Association. “Collective has successfully helped
other states throughout the country, and we’re excited to start applying
the same collaborative strategies here at home.”

Collective is currently partnered with more than a dozen state hospital
associations across the U.S. The Collective platform is a real-time,
risk-adjusted event notification and care collaboration tool fueled by
collaboration between emergent, inpatient, post-acute, mental and
behavioral, and ambulatory settings, as well as stakeholders in ACOs and
health plans.

“We’re inspired by the spirit of collaboration demonstrated by Kentucky
hospitals,” says Chris Klomp, CEO of Collective Medical. “We’re grateful
to partner with the KHA and be a part of the solution in the fight
against the opioid epidemic.”

Collective is endorsed as a best practice for emergency medicine by the
American College of Emergency Physicians and has been recognized by Inc.
Magazine and by the MountainWest Capital Network as one of Utah’s
fastest growing companies.

Learn more about Collective’s impact at


Collective Medical empowers care teams to improve patient outcomes by
closing the communication gaps that undermine patient care. With a
nationwide network engaged with every national health plan in the
country, hundreds of hospitals and health systems and tens of thousands
of providers, Collective’s system-agnostic platform is trusted by care
teams to identify at-risk and complex patients and facilitate actionable
collaboration to make better care decisions and improve outcomes. Based
in Salt Lake City, Collective is proven to streamline transitions of
care, improve coordination across diverse care teams, and reduce
medically unnecessary hospital admissions. Learn more at
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The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), established in 1929, represents
hospitals, related health care organizations, and integrated health care
systems dedicated to sustaining and improving the health status of the
citizens of Kentucky.


For Collective Medical
Kat McDavitt, 610-392-4726
Marketing Officer

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