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Northwest Rural Health Conference

March 26, 2018 to March 28, 2018

Davenport Grand Hotel
333 West Spokane Falls Boulevard
Spokane, WA 99201


Crossing to the Future of Sustainable Rural Health


More Information & Registration

Visit the Northwest Rural Health Conference website to learn more.


Connect with Qualis Health at the Northwest Rural Health Conference

Several Qualis Health staff members will be among the experts presenting at this year’s conference. We'll also have a table in the exhibit area.

Monday, March 26

"Practice Transformation Support Hub Exemplar Panel with Q&A"
Gwen Cox, RN
Quality Improvement Consultant

Moderated by Gwen Cox, this panel will feature representatives from three different healthcare providers. Panelists will share their organization’s experiences with workforce challenges and how they overcame those challenges with an innovative staffing model or workforce practice. Each panelist will provide a unique view, discussing their clinic’s model and how it was developed for their site.

"Practice Transformation Support Hub Technical Assistance Update & Trends"
Rick Helms
Operations Manager, Practice Transformation Support Hub

The Practice Transformation Support Hub (Hub) provides technical assistance to providers in primary care and behavioral health to support behavioral health integration. During the course of this work, the Hub has identified trends in the challenges faced by rural Washington practices. Attendees will learn about the trends as well examples of how providers have overcome these barriers.

Tuesday, March 27

"Building Teams United by Place: Natural Communities of Care for Sustainable Health Equity"
Maria Klemesrud, MEd, LMHC
Quality Improvement Consultant

Providers can prepare for whole-person care by building neighborhood care teams that address health equity. In this interactive session, participants will learn how the Natural Communities of Care (NCC) Model can address the social determinants of health in rural neighborhoods. They will also discuss the challenges of healthcare reform and health equity through this lens.

"Community–Clinical Linkages: A Rural Health Sustainability Story"
Lisa Packard, MS
Quality Improvement Consultant

Qualis Health is committed to reducing disparities in diabetes care in rural communities in Idaho and Washington. One of our successful tactics has been collaborating with stakeholders in these communities to implement Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) workshops. In this session, attendees will learn the nuts and bolts of setting up, promoting, and sustaining evidence-based CDSMP and DSMP workshops in their own communities.

"Steps Towards Sustainability with the Second Year of the Quality Payment Program"
Deanna Graham
Quality Improvement Principal

This high-level overview of the second year of the Quality Payment Program will help attendees succeed with the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Ms. Graham will discuss the changes coming in the program’s second year as well as the options available to rural practices for reporting their performance, cost, and quality data in order to receive financial incentives.

Wednesday, March 28

"Palliative Care in the Medicare Population: Opportunities for Rural Areas"
Meghan Donohue
Analytics Principal

This session will look at hospice and palliative care use in rural Idaho and Washington, exploring variations between the two states. Focus will be on end-of-life care for cancer patients, using the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research (HICOR) measures relating to end-of-life care.