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Catch up on our latest editions:

Collaborative Update
for participants of our Nursing Home Quality of Care Collaborative

Monthly Briefing
for Idaho & Washington healthcare providers, across all settings of care, working to reduce avoidable rehospitalizations and/or adverse drug events

Regional Nursing Home Update
for all nursing homes and stakeholders located in Idaho & Washington

 

Qualis Health to Support Small Practices in CMS Quality Payment Program
February 21, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a contract to Qualis Health to help small practices in Idaho and Washington prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This technical assistance brings direct support to thousands of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including small practices in rural locations, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas across the country.

 
 

Registration Now Open for the 2017 Idaho Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference
March 21, 2017

Join us for the 2017 Idaho Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference on May 4-5, 2017 at The Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. This year’s inspirational conference is poised to help you thrive in a constantly evolving healthcare environment. Our dynamic keynote speaker sponsored by Blue Cross of Idaho, Kathy Dempsey, will share unique strategies for successful transformation. Register today.

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February 27, 2017

Qualis Health recently analyzed healthcare utilization rates, comparing Medicare beneficiaries with and without diabetes. The full details are available in our new reports, which provide statewide and community-specific results.

 

Qualis Health to Support Small Practices in CMS Quality Payment Program
February 21, 2017

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a contract to Qualis Health to help small practices in Idaho and Washington prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). This technical assistance brings direct support to thousands of Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) eligible clinicians in practices with 15 or fewer clinicians, including small practices in rural locations, health professional shortage areas, and medically underserved areas across the country.

 

Just released: Care Transitions Assessment
February 17, 2017

Use our 33-element assessment to identify opportunities for improvement in your hospital's processes related to care transitions and discharging patients. This is the latest in the suite of resources Qualis Health has created or gathered to help communities decrease avoidable rehospitalizations.

 

New screening program for adverse drug events underway
February 14, 2017

Adverse drug events (ADEs) drive rehospitalization rates in many of the communities that Qualis Health is partnering with in our Communities for Safer Transitions of Care project. We're excited by the prospect of a new activity: Idaho State University College of Pharmacy interns will be screening patients for adverse drug events ADEs, engaging them in discussing potential medication effects, and generating structured feedback to  inform prescribers of any issues that are identified.

 

Another nursing home Collaborative participant exceeds CMS' target composite score
February 10, 2017

Congratulations to one of our NHQCC participants: Sullivan Park Care Center in Spokane Valley, WA! Need help with your facility's composite score? Use these resources to start.

 

Enrollment now open for 2017-2018 nursing home Collaborative
January 9, 2017

Idaho and Washington nursing homes, this will be our most flexible Collaborative yet! Learn more about it, and get your enrollment form.

 

Newly released: Comparative readmission data, through Qtr2 2016
December 20, 2016

Compare readmission rates, by community, for:

 

Qualis Health works with IORA Health to bring autonomy to all aspects of diabetes patients’ lives
November 30, 2016

Read about how IORA Health helps people with diabetes through Diabetes Self-management Education (DSME).

 

Get help with C.difficile reporting and stewardship by joining our nursing home work
November 14, 2016

Learn more about this effort, which is co-sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

New work centered on social determinants of health
November 21, 2016

We are launching a new project, Caring Beyond Healthcare, aimed at reducing readmissions by addressing social determinants of health. Learn more about this opportunity.

 

Qualis Health implements new Medicare Innovation Projects, new focus areas in QIO contracts
October 26, 2016

Read about recent changes and additions to our Medicare contract in Idaho and Washington.

 

NHQCC participants earn additional Quality Gems for their hard work and progress
August 22, 2016

See the updated list.

 

Just released: First publication of expanded Choosing Wisely report for Washington
June 29, 2016

Qualis Health has analyzed Medicare Fee-for-Service claims for four measures of "low-value" health services.

 

Eloranta describes Qualis Health's QIN-QIO work in fighting healthcare-acquired infections
June 7, 2016

Dr. Sharon Eloranta, a Medical Director in Qualis Health's Quality and Safety Initiatives department and a George W. Merck / IHI Fellow, describes our Medicare QIN-QIO work helping hospitals prevent healthcare-acquired infections in an article recently published by the Washington Patient Safety Coalition.

Go to the WPSC website to read the full article, and click over to our Projects page to learn more about our Medicare QIN-QIO initiatives in Idaho and Washington.

 

Newly posted: The Handbook for our Home to Stay Collaborative is now available for downloading
June 1, 2016

Get the Handbook and other resources to be used during the Collaborative.