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Debut Blog Post Discusses Qualis Health–HealthInsight Merger

Today marks the launch of Qualis Health’s new blog, Q View! It’s only fitting that the inaugural post is written by our new President and CEO, Marc Bennett. Read “Exciting Times for a Growing Company” to learn more about what’s ahead for Qualis Health and HealthInsight.

Connect with Qualis Health at This Week’s Community Health Worker Conference

Qualis Health is proud to be a sponsor of the 2018 Community Health Worker Conference, held April 12–13 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Hosted by the Washington State Department of Health, the event attracts hundreds of community health workers and public health partners from across the state.

Quality Improvement Consultant Jamie Hunter-Mitchell will be in the exhibit area representing Qualis Health. If you’ll be attending, we invite you stop by for information about diabetes self-management workshops and other programs that can help you and improve the lives of the people you work with.

Tip Sheet Helps You Choose QPP Improvement Activities

Are you struggling to select the right Quality Payment Program Improvement Activities for your practice? With more than 100 options, it can be a tough decision. Qualis Health’s QPP Resource Center is here to help. Our new tip sheet is full of ideas for choosing and implementing the activities that can offer the most benefit to your practice.

Download “Leveraging Improvement Activities to Improve Quality” and visit our QPP Resource Center to get even more assistance.

Hear from Qualis Health Experts at the Northwest Rural Health Conference

We hope to see you in Spokane this week at the Northwest Rural Health Conference. Several of our expert staff members will be speaking on the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub, addressing health equity using the Natural Communities of Care Model, options for the second year of the Quality Program, and much more.

Deanna Graham to Speak at Upcoming CMS Event

Quality Improvement Principal Deanna Graham will be one of the expert panelists at next week’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services webinar, “How to Prepare for MIPS Cost Scoring: Practical Advice for Solo Practitioners and Small Group Practices.”

Ms. Graham and her colleagues will help clinicians and staff from solo and small practices understand MIPS scoring and offer practical advice on maximizing scores in the new Cost Category.

People-Centered Integrated Care Collaborative Work Continues in Ghana

This week, Qualis Health President and CEO Jonathan Sugarman, along with Senior Consultant Trudy Bearden, will be in Accra, Ghana, for a People-Centered Integrated Care (PCIC) collaborative learning exchange.

Led by Qualis Health and Ariadne Labs and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the collaborative’s primary objective is to increase the knowledge and resources available to countries on models of PCIC and the steps and requirements for achieving it.

Dr. Sugarman and Ms. Bearden will be joined by colleagues from Ghana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Morocco, South Korea, Sudan and Vietnam.

Brand New: Two Toolkits for Washington Behavioral Health Agencies

Two new toolkits from the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub are available to assist behavioral health agencies with preparing for integrated managed care, value-based payment changes, and care coordination.

"Billing and Information Technology: A Toolkit for Behavioral Health Agencies" helps agencies move from traditional encounter-based billing to directly billing managed care organizations.

"PreManage Implementation Toolkit: A Guide for Washington State Behavioral Health Agencies" offers step-by-step instructions for implementing PreManage care management software.

Will We See You in Sacramento?

We’ll be at the California Primary Care Association Quality Care Conference this week. Will you? If so, please stop by our booth in the exhibit area and say hello to Consulting Director, Sue Sirlin.

Meghan Donohue to Present to Skilled Nursing Facility Leaders

On February 23, Qualis Health Analytic Principal Meghan Donohue will conduct a session for skilled nursing facility leaders at the Washington Health Care Association Winter Conference. In "Using Data to Drive Improvement," Meghan will discuss how nursing homes can succeed in the new era of Medicare value-based purchasing by using data to identify and address quality improvement opportunities.

Meet Us at the Idaho Family Caregiver Conference

Will you be attending the 2018 Idaho Caregiver Alliance Family Caregiver Conference? If so, please stop by and see us at the resource expo. We’ll be on hand with tools and expert advice. See you in Boise this Saturday!

Connect with Qualis Health at the 2018 CMS Quality Conference

If you’ll be at the CMS Quality Conference next week, we hope you’ll join us for two presentations:

  • On Monday, Quality Improvement Consultant Jeff Smith will discuss how he and his colleagues used community connections to build a sustainable Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) in rural Idaho. His presentation is part of the "Reaching into Rural Communities with Partnerships and Data" session at 4:00 pm.
  • On Tuesday at 9:45 am, we'll be at the Gallery Walk to present four posters about our ongoing work in Idaho and Washington to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries.

If you won’t be in Baltimore, you can still follow the action by following us on Twitter. Qualis Health has been selected as an official Social Media Ambassador. We’ll be live tweeting highlights and insights from @QualisHealth. Be sure to use #CMSQualCon18 to participate in the conversation.

Take Advantage of Two Fresh Telepsychiatry Tools

Many primary care providers are considering telepsychiatry to manage increasing numbers of patients with mental health and substance abuse issues. Two resources from the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Hub are now available to help with that decision.

“Key Considerations for Implementing Telepsychiatry Services” is a six-page guide that discusses key issues for practices to evaluate and offers links to more in-depth information.

The “Telepsychiatry Success in Omak, Washington” video shows how one rural primary care clinic uses telepsychiatry to reduce stigma and access issues for their patients who need behavioral healthcare services.

There’s Bad News and Good News About This Year’s Flu Season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity continues to be widespread in all states except Hawaii. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s not too late to get your flu shot. Go to vaccinefinder.org today to see the locations of vaccine providers in your area.

Discover New Practice Transformation Resources at January 29 Webinar

Do you need practice transformation resources? Attend this Transformation Talk on January 29 and find out what's available at the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub Resource Portal.

The Hub is helping providers in Washington State meet the goals of the Quadruple Aim by focusing on practice transformation, behavioral health integration and new payment models.

Register for the Hub Transformation Talk today!

Quality Awards Application Deadline Approaching

Applications for the Qualis Health Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality are due February 2, 2018. Every year, we recognize Idaho and Washington healthcare providers who have created better care through improvement. We welcome applications from all types of healthcare organizations, regardless of size or resources, and we want to hear from you!

Be among the winners in 2018. Get more information or download an application today.

Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Enters Second Year

Qualis Health’s 2017–2018 Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC) will begin its second year with a webinar for participants on January 25. A part of our Medicare QIN-QIO contract, the NHQCC helps facilities in Idaho and Washington State with quality improvement initiatives through training, collaboration, coaching and other support.

Visit the Qualis Health Medicare website to learn more about the Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative.

Qualis Health AMCCI Work Cited in USA Today

As a partner of the Alaska Medicaid Coordinated Care Initiative (AMCCI), Qualis Health provides in-person case management for people with complex care needs who are high emergency room utilizers.

Our work with AMCCI, which has helped reduce costs, was included in the National Governors Association report, “Building Complex Care Programs: A Roadmap for States,” and cited in a December 5 USA Today article, “Study: States get big Medicaid savings from social services, outreach to sickest patients.”

Final QPP Webinar of 2017 Coming December 19th

The March 31, 2018, reporting deadline for the Quality Payment Program is fast approaching and we realize many clinicians have lingering questions about the process. In our final QPP tutorial of the year, we'll dive into the details about reporting as well as other important information.

Join us on Tuesday, December 19!

Qualis Health Awards of Excellence: Join the Winner’s Circle

Attention Idaho and Washington healthcare organizations: the 2018 Qualis Health Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality are open for submissions. We welcome applications from all types of healthcare groups. If you've worked to create better care and reduce costs through improvement, we want to celebrate your success.

Download an application today!

November is National Diabetes Month

Join Qualis Health in marking National Diabetes Month by following us on Facebook or Twitter for important facts and resources to help people with diabetes, those at risk for diabetes, their family members and healthcare providers.

Visit our Medicare website to find out more about how Qualis Health helps people with diabetes, providers and other stakeholders year-round through the “Everyone with Diabetes Counts” initiative.

See You at the NAMD Fall Conference?

We hope to see you at the National Association of Medicaid Directors Fall Conference on November 6–8 in Arlington, VA. Qualis Health’s Vice President of Consulting Services, Bud Beall, and Vice President of Care Management, Cara Robinson, will be on hand. Please stop by booth #39 and say hello.

WA Practice Transformation Support Hub Conference on Deck for October 26

Providers and staff from behavioral health and primary care practices will convene in Moses Lake, Washington, on October 26th for “Steering Toward Success: Achieving Value in Whole-Person Care.”

This free conference from the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub will offer best practices, strategies and the latest information on practice transformation from some of the state’s leading experts.

Alaska Medicaid Providers: Be Sure to Attend the 2017 Educational Session

The 2017 Alaska Medicaid Provider Educational Session is on Thursday, October 26th in Anchorage. During this no-cost conference, providers will receive practical information and advice about the Alaska Medicaid program and Qualis Health’s role. It’s presented by Qualis Health and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Health Care Services.

Register today!

Qualis Health Appoints New Vice President of Human Resources

Steven R. Brown has joined Qualis Health as Vice President of Human Resources. Before coming to Qualis Health, Mr. Brown provided human resources and organizational development consulting services to private sector clients such as Juno Therapeutics, Indi Molecular and OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals. He also held human resources leadership roles at the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, Integrated Diagnostics, Casey Family Programs and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Read Steven Brown’s bio to learn more about the newest member of our leadership team.

Regina Neal to Speak at Pennsylvania CHC Conference

On October 5, Qualis Health Director of Practice Transformation Consulting Regina Neal will speak at the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers Annual Conference and Clinical Summit. Regina will discuss Qualis Health’s recent oral health integration initiative, including the models used, challenges encountered and successes achieved.

Learn more about the conference

Get our Oral Health Integration Implementation Guide

Just Released: Practice Transformation Support Hub Interim Report

In late 2016, Healthier Washington established the Practice Transformation Support Hub to help providers and practices achieve their goals for patient-centered care.

This new report reflects the progress already made by the Hub and by the primary care practices and behavioral health agencies it supports.

Download Charting the Course for Change: An Interim Report of the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub

Learn how Qualis Health supports Hub participants

Practice Transformation Support Hub Presents Regional Learning Conference

Providers and staff from behavioral health and primary care practices will convene in Tacoma, Washington, on September 25th for “Steering Toward Success: Achieving Value in Whole-Person Care.”

This free conference from the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub will offer best practices, strategies and the latest information on practice transformation from some of the state’s leading experts.

We are also holding this event in Moses Lake on October 26th.

Lisa Packard to Speak on Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care

On September 21, join the Washington Patient Safety Coalition for a lunchtime webinar with Qualis Health Quality Improvement Consultant Lisa Packard.

In “Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care: From Data to Doing,” Lisa will explain how diabetes patients can take charge of their health through community-based workshops that teach positive self-management techniques as well as how healthcare professionals can support and assist those patients.

Find out more.

Qualis Health Consultant to Present at IHCA Training

Quality Improvement Consultant Brent Schneider is lending his expertise to the Idaho Health Care Association this month. On September 19, he will lead the Continuous Quality Improvement module of the IHCA’s Nurse Management for SNF Training. This course is geared toward both experienced and novice nursing directors in long-term care facilities.

Visit the IHCA website to learn more.

Have You Registered for Our ACI Tutorial?

Qualis Health invites you to attend our September 20th webinar on Advancing Care Information. This event is offered by our Quality Payment Program Resource Center, which is helping Idaho and Washington practices transition to the Quality Payment Program.

Register for “QPP MIPS Moments Tutorial: Advancing Care Information”

Visit our Quality Payment Program Resource Center

Video Spotlights Behavioral Health Integration Success Story

This first in a series of videos from the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub tells the story of behavioral health integration at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinics.

Watch “Strategies for Success: Behavioral Health Integration into Primary Care at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic.”

Learn more about the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub and how it can help your practice.

Connect with Qualis Health at MESC

Qualis Health is exhibiting at the Medicaid Enterprise Systems Conference, held August 15–18 in Baltimore. Bud Beall, Vice President of Consulting Services, will be on hand, along with Managing Consultant Mison Bowden and Senior Consultant Nick Faulkner. Please stop by booth #33 and say hello.

Have You Registered for Our Next Behavioral Health Integration Webinar?

There’s still time to register for our August 3rd webinar, “Notes from the Field: Lessons Learned in Behavioral Health Integration.” In this free, one-hour session, Attune Healthcare Partners Consultant Barbara Wall will share her experiences working with health plans, providers and behavioral health agencies to integrate behavioral and physical health in Oregon.

Register today!

MIPS Reporting Decisions Tutorial This Week

Join Qualis Health on Friday, June 23 for our QPP MIPS Moments Tutorial, "Decisions! Decisions!" In this no-cost webinar, we'll focus on a few of the important reporting decisions you’ll need to make before creating your strategic reporting plan.

Find all the webinar details here.

Oral Health Integration Field Testing Site Speaks about Its Successes

The Dimock Center, a Boston community health center that field tested Qualis Health’s Oral Health Delivery Framework, recently spoke to Boston Neighborhood News about its program offering children affordable access to dental care.

Watch the video.

Learn more about the Oral Health Delivery Framework.

Sharon Eloranta to Speak at AHQA Quality Summit

Qualis Health Medical Director for Quality & Safety Initiatives Sharon Eloranta will speak at The American Quality Association (AHQA) 2017 Quality Summit on June 1st. Dr. Eloranta’s presentation is titled “Expanding Choosing Wisely® to the Medicare Population: Data Analysis, Audit and Feedback to Decrease Low Value Care.”

Visit the AHQA website to learn more.

Healthy Hearts NW Practice Coaches Report from the Field

Ross Howell, Qualis Health’s Program Manager for Healthy Hearts Northwest, recently spoke with two facilitators about what they’re seeing out in the field. Find out more about the trends emerging in Idaho and Washington clinics with this deeper dive.

Read “5 Practice Trends as Observed by Washington and Idaho Coaches”

Learn more about the Healthy Hearts Northwest project

Intro to MIPS Webinar Coming Thursday, May 4th

Join Qualis Health on Thursday, May 4 for our no-cost webinar, "Introduction to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)." We'll dive into the details about what MIPS entails and who needs to participate. We'll also help you develop a roadmap for 2017 MIPS participation. We'll allow plenty of time to answer all your questions.

Find all the details here.

Care Coordination Summit Welcomes Selena Bolotin

Qualis Health’s Director of Practice Transformation Programs, Selena Bolotin, will present “Innovative In-Person Case Management for Medicaid High Utilizers” at the DecisionHealth Care Coordination Summit. In her May 3 session, Ms. Bolotin will discuss the lessons learned and outcomes for the Qualis Health Alaska Medicaid Coordinated Care Initiative (AMCCI) pilot program. The AMCCI provides in-person case management services to high-utilizing Medicaid members, many of whom have complex medical, behavioral and social needs.

Learn more about the AMCCI

Learn more about the Care Coordination Summit

Got Questions about the Quality Payment Program? Qualis Health Has Answers.

If you’re not sure where to begin with CMS’ new Quality Payment Program, you’ll want to attend our QPP Overview & Resources webinar on Friday, April 28. In this free one-hour session, Qualis Health QPP team members will present introductory information on the program and answer your questions.

Get all the webinar details and register today.

Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative Kicks Off in April

Starting this month, Qualis Health’s 2017-2018 Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC) will help more than 200 nursing homes in Idaho and Washington perform better on quality measures and increase satisfaction of residents and staff through training, collaboration, coaching and other support.

Find out more about the Qualis Health NHQCC.

Find Out How You Can Use Community Resources to Support Your Patients

Creating community resource linkages is a key component of a care coordination system. On Wednesday, April 19, Qualis Health Senior Consultant Trudy Bearden will conduct a one-hour webinar to teach you strategies for identifying and matching patient needs with community resources.

Visit the event page for details.

Outpatient Providers: No-cost Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Now Open

Qualis Health is recruiting outpatient facilities such as primary care practices, emergency departments, ambulatory surgery centers, and urgent care clinics in Idaho and Washington for its Antimicrobial Stewardship in Outpatient Settings Program. Participants will receive free help with improving their antibiotic prescribing practices and meeting CDC’s Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Guidelines.

Interested? Find out more.

You’re Invited to the Idaho Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference

Join us May 4–5 in Boise for the 2017 Idaho Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference. This year’s gathering features keynote speaker Kathy Dempsey, who will share unique strategies for successful transformation. We’ll also hear from key experts on critical topics such as motivational interviewing and antimicrobial stewardship.

Learn more about this educational and inspirational event.

Register Today for Learning Series on Bi-Directional Physical and Behavioral Health Integration

The Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub is partnering with the AIMS Center at the University of Washington to provide a free learning series on bi-directional physical and behavioral health integration. The series begins in April, and it's open to behavioral health agencies and primary care organizations located in Washington State.

Get more information or register here.

Aimee Ford to Educate WHCA Members on EQuIP Program

Qualis Health Quality Improvement Consultant Aimee Ford will be one of three presenters during the Washington Health Care Association webinar, “Advanced Infection Prevention in Skilled Nursing.” In this March 23 session, Ms. Ford, along with Marisa D’Angeli and Patricia Montgomery of the Washington State Department of Health Office of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, will introduce attendees to the Education, Quality Improvement, and Infection Prevention (EQuIP) program.

Learn more about “Advanced Infection Prevention in Skilled Nursing.”

Learn How Lean Can Reduce COPD Readmissions

On Thursday, March 16, Qualis Health will host a free webinar, “Community Coalition Drives Change through Use of Lean Methodology.” Joan Agee of St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho, will share how community partners are using a Lean approach to reduce COPD readmissions and improve health services.

Learn more about the webinar or sign up today!

Join EQuIP for ASCs and Get Free Help Developing Your Infection Prevention Program

Ambulatory surgery centers in Idaho and Washington State: Qualis Health’s EQuIP (Education, Quality, Infection Prevention) for ASCs Program provides up to 15 months of no-cost training, consultation and other support to help you develop an effective infection prevention program.

Get more information or enroll today.

Connect with Qualis Health at the Northwest Rural Health Conference

Qualis Health will be exhibiting at the 2017 Northwest Rural Health Conference, held February 27–March 1 in Seattle. This annual event addresses varied facets of providing healthcare in rural settings including critical access hospitals, rural emergency medical services, rural health clinics, home health and other health organizations. We'd love to see you there. Please stop by the exhibit hall and say hello!

Visit the Northwest Rural Health Conference website for more information.

“Models for Managed Care Structures in Alaska” Panel to Include Marci Scott-Weis

Qualis Health’s Chief Operating Officer, Marci Weis, will participate in the March 1st Alaska Health Forum Discussion panel, “Models for Managed Care Structures in Alaska.” This monthly event is sponsored by AK Health Reform. To join the forum online, go to https://ashnha.adobeconnect.com/ak-reform/. For the audio portion of the event, call 1-800-832-0736 and enter room number *4117317#.

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