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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#.

Aimee Ford to Present on CMS Final Rule for Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes

Qualis Health Quality Improvement Consultant Aimee Ford will address members of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Puget Sound chapter on Thursday, February 23 and attendees of the Washington Health Care Association (WSHA) Winter Conference on Friday, February 24. At both events, Ms. Ford and Patricia Montgomery of the Washington State Department of Health will co-present “Preparing to Meet the Final Rule for Infection Prevention in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs).”

Visit the APIC Puget Sound event webpage or the WHCA website for more information.

Qualis Health Helps Practices Get NCQA PCMH Recognition

Whether you're looking for the fastest path to 2014 NCQA PCMH Recognition or want to achieve the highest level possible, Qualis Health can help you reach your goals quickly and efficiently. We are experts in the NCQA PCMH Recognition process and have helped hundreds of clients get credit for the good work they're already doing. We can help you too!

Call or email today to schedule your free consultation: (206) 288-2307 or laurak@qualishealth.org.

Enrollment Now Open for Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative

Attention Idaho and Washington State nursing homes! Enrollment is now open for Qualis Health’s 2017–2018 Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative. Join today and take advantage of our expertise, the structure to keep your efforts on track, and the encouragement and support of other participating homes across Idaho and Washington.

Visit our Medicare website to sign up or get more information.

Connect with Qualis Health at the CPCA Quality Care Conference

On February 14-15, join Qualis Health at the California Primary Care Association’s Quality Care Conference for two days of sharing best practices and innovative projects that support HIT implementation, quality improvement, compliance, and practice transformation efforts. We’ll be in the exhibit area. Stop by and say hello!

Go the California Primary Care Association website for more information.

Join WSHA and Qualis Health for Readmissions Safe Table

On Thursday, February 9, Qualis Health Medical Director for Quality and Safety Initiatives Sharon Eloranta will speak at a Washington State Hospital Association Safe Table. Dr. Eloranta will discuss the Care Transitions Assessment Tool, as well as new data on diabetes and readmissions.

Get more information about the Readmissions Safe Table.

Jason Lempp to Speak at WSHA Infections Safe Table

Qualis Health Quality Improvement Consultant Jason Lempp will present 2017 updates to the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) database at the Washington State Hospital Association’s Infections Safe Table on January 24.

Register for the event or get more information at the Washington State Hospital Association website.

Qualis Health Can Help You Get Ready for Behavioral Health Integration

By 2021, primary care and behavioral health practices in Washington State are to be fully integrated. Are you ready? Join Qualis Health on Tuesday, January 10th for a free webinar that can help you prepare. During "Bi-Directional Physical and Behavioral Health Integration: Improving Care for Patients," we’ll discuss the reasons for integrating primary and behavioral health care, best practices, and what the Healthier Washington Practice Transformation Support Hub can do for you.

Register today or get more information!

Article Offers Options for Including Oral Health in Primary Care

In "Whole-Person Care: Practical Ways to Improve Your Patients' Oral Health," Qualis Health Medical Director Jeff Hummel discusses steps primary care practices can take to address dental issues. The article was published as part of the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation’s Implementing Innovations into Practice project.

Read "Whole-Person Care: Practical Ways to Improve Your Patients' Oral Health."

Join Qualis Health at the CMS Quality Conference

Members of Qualis Health’s senior leadership and Medicare QIN-QIO teams will attend the 2016 CMS Quality Conference in Baltimore on December 13-15. Practice Transformation Director Selena Bolotin, Idaho Medicare QIN-QIO State Director Linda Rowe, and Quality Improvement Consultant Jeff West will be among the presenters on Tuesday, December 14. We’ll also have three posters in the gallery walk.

Visit the CMS Quality Conference website.

Qualis Health’s Oral Health Work Featured in Health Affairs Blog

Qualis Health is one of the partners in a collaboration discussed in a recent Health Affairs Blog post. The post details the multiyear project to design, test and publish a model for integrating oral healthcare into primary care practice. Materials resulting from this collaboration include:

Read the Health Affairs Blog post.

New Video Spotlights Clinic’s Experience with Oral Health Integration

Primary care providers at Sound Family Medicine in Puyallup, Washington, have been using Qualis Health’s Oral Health Delivery Framework to incorporate preventive oral health care into their work. In this new video, clinic staff members discuss their approach to oral health integration and the benefits they have seen from it.

Watch “Oral Health and Primary Care: A Success Story.”

Get Smart About Antibiotics with Qualis Health

November 14–20 is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2016 Get Smart About Antibiotics Week. This annual event raises awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Qualis Health’s work in Idaho and Washington State helps practices develop and maintain antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) programs.

Read more about Get Smart Week and Qualis Health's AMS efforts in this special newsletter.

Qualis Health an NAMD Conference Sponsor

The Fall 2016 National Association of Medicaid Directors Conference is November 6–8 in Arlington, VA, and Qualis Health is proud to be a Gold Level sponsor of the event. Qualis Health vice presidents Bud Beall and Laura Kubisiak will be in booth #41 in the exhibit hall. If you’re attending, please stop by and say hello.

Visit the NAMD Conference website

Implementation Science Publishes Healthy Hearts Northwest Protocol Paper

The journal Implementation Science has published a description of the study protocol for Healthy Hearts Northwest, a randomized trial designed to address the comparative effectiveness of combined strategies to build quality improvement capacity while improving risk factors for cardiovascular disease. As a partner in Healthy Hearts Northwest, Qualis Health is providing training, technical assistance and other support to participating practices in Idaho and Washington state.

Read the paper

Learn more about Healthy Hearts Northwest

Mary Virden to Talk Oral Health Integration

This week, Qualis Health Senior Consultant Mary Virden will address attendees at the New England Rural Health Roundtable’s 2016 Rural Health Conference in Southbridge, MA. On Thursday, November 3, Ms. Virden will present “Integrating Oral Health Into Primary Care Settings: New Approaches, New Tools.” She will be joined by Marcia Brand of the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health and the DentaQuest Foundation, as well as Shannon Wells and Rebekah Fiehn of the Mass League of Community Health Centers. The session will include an introduction to our recently-published Oral Health Integration Implementation Guide.

Visit the New England Rural Health Roundtable website to learn more about the conference.

Join Qualis Health at the California Primary Care Association Annual Conference

Qualis Health will be exhibiting at the 2016 California Primary Care Association Annual Conference on October 27–28 in Long Beach. Vice presidents Bud Beall and Laura Kubisiak will be on hand in booth #408, so please stop by and introduce yourself.

Visit the CPCA Conference website for details.

Register Today for Alaska Medicaid Provider Educational Session

Qualis Health’s 2016 Alaska Medicaid Provider Educational Session will be held on Monday, October 31 at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage. During this one-day event, we will cover topics important to providers whose patients are Alaska Medicaid recipients. Registration is free for all healthcare providers. Continuing education units may be available.

Register now

Get more information

Qualis Health Takes a Seat at WSHA Safe Table

Sharon Eloranta, Qualis Health’s Medical Director for Quality and Safety Initiatives, will speak at a Washington Hospital Association Safe Table on October 10. Safe Tables provide a confidential, protected setting for hospital staff to work together to address patient safety issues. At this session, Dr. Eloranta will discuss Qualis Health’s current efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

Visit the WSHA website for more information.

Connect with Qualis Health at the IHA Convention

Qualis Health is proud to be a Silver Sponsor of the 2016 Idaho Hospital Association Annual Convention, held October 8–11 in Sun Valley. Our President & CEO Jonathan Sugarman will provide an update on MACRA/MIPS at the membership meeting. Staff members Deanna Graham, Zach Hodges, Tara Kline and Chanda Sundara will give presentations at the convention. Kelly McGrath, Medical Director for Patient Safety, will receive the IHA’s Excellence in Medicine Award.

Visit the Idaho Hospital Association website for more information about the convention. We look forward to seeing you in Sun Valley!

Trudy Bearden to Speak on Health IT in Whole-Person Care

On October 8, Qualis Health Senior Consultant Trudy Bearden will present "Examining the Impact of Health IT on Care Integration: Achieving Whole-Person Care" at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH Congress in Chicago, IL. Ms. Bearden will discuss the importance of health IT for documenting data needed for integration approaches, as well as how to use data to make care integration an organizational strategic priority.

Visit the PCMH Congress website for more information.

WHCA Conference Welcomes Aimee Ford

Aimee Ford, a Quality Improvement Consultant with Qualis Health, will speak at the Washington Health Care Association Fall Conference on Thursday, September 29. Her presentation, titled “Navigate Your Way through Payment Reform Using Five Star Quality Measures,” will help skilled nursing facilities understand and prepare for value-based care delivery models such as Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model (CJR), Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BCPI), and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

Visit the WHCA website to learn more about the conference

Video Series Helps Providers Understand and Prepare for MIPS

Got a minute? If so, our new video series can help you quickly understand and prepare for the transition to value-based payment. Each “MIPS Minute” episode focuses on an important aspect of the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (also known as MIPS). We tackle complicated topics such as eligibility and MIPS score calculation, presenting essential information in an easy-to-digest format.

Watch now!

New Report Provides Healthcare Recommendations for WA Residents

A new report from the Washington Health Alliance, Less Harm, Less Waste: Choosing Wisely in Washington State, offers results and recommendations for 10 overused medical interventions. Qualis Health contributed Medicare results for three of the report's measures. The report is part of the national Choosing Wisely® program, which aims to reduce harm and waste by promoting patient-provider conversations about appropriate care choices. Qualis Health Medical Director Dr. Sharon Eloranta serves on Washington state's Choosing Wisely Task Force.

Read the report

Learn more about our work on Choosing Wisely initiatives in Washington state

Qualis Health Staff to Speak at Idaho Health Care Association Conference

If you’re attending the Idaho Health Care Association’s Annual Convention & Trade Show this week, we invite you to attend two presentations by Qualis Health staff. On Thursday, July 14, Traci Treasure will present “Outcomes and Lessons Learned from the Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative” and Martha Jaworski will co-present “Transitions in Care From the Infection Preventionists’ Perspective.”

Learn more about the IHCA Annual Convention & Trade Show

Learn more about the Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative

Learn more about Qualis Health's efforts to improve care transitions and reduce healthcare-associated infections

Eloranta Describes Qualis Health's QIN-QIO Work in Fighting Healthcare-Acquired Infections

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 go to our project website to learn more about our Medicare QIN-QIO initiatives in Idaho and Washington.

Leave "Med Wreck" in the Dust

Benefit from the lessons learned by staff at a Seattle-area hospital during the redesign of their medication reconciliation system. On March 17, Cyndy Clegg, Director of Pharmacy at Swedish Medical Center, Edmonds, will share what they did, how they did it and what they learned in a free webinar, “Leaving Med Wreck in the Dust.”

Register today!

Bre Holt to Share Oral Health Delivery Framework in Missouri

On Friday, March 11, Qualis Health Practice Transformation Program Director Bre Holt will present “Oral Health in Primary Care: A Framework for Action” at the Missouri Oral Health Policy Conference. Ms. Holt will share details of our Oral Health Delivery Framework, which provides a practical model for integrating preventive oral health care in routine medical care.

Visit the conference website for details.

Free Seminar on Quality Reporting for Idaho Medicare Providers

Join us on Wednesday, February 17 in Boise for an in-person presentation, Introduction to Quality Reporting for Medicare Physicians, Practitioners and Therapists. Qualis Health Quality Improvement Consultants Chanda Sundara and Deanna Graham will help you understand the quality report programs available to you, including how to avoid penalties and earn incentives.

Get all the details.

Webinar to Provide M.A.P. for Improving Blood Pressure

Have you wondered how the M.A.P. framework can improve the lives of patients who struggle with hypertension? Held in honor of American Heart Month, this webinar hosted by Qualis Health will give you answers. In A M.A.P. for Improving Blood Pressure, Vikas Bhala and Omar Hasan, both of the American Medical Association, will discuss the M.A.P. framework and the Improving Health Outcomes: Blood Pressure program.

Join us on Tuesday, February 9th.

Find Out Why Practices Are Joining Healthy Hearts Northwest

Healthy Hearts Northwest is a three-year project for Northwest primary care practices that aims to help you improve the cardiovascular health of your patients while also building your practice’s capacity for improvement. As part of this project, Qualis Health will provide support to practices in Idaho and Washington—and there is still time to sign up!

To find out more about Healthy Hearts Northwest and hear from two practice leaders about why they enrolled, visit our YouTube channel.

Presenting CJR Overview for WA State IPPS Hospitals

Starting April 1, 2016, all IPPS hospitals located in Washington State’s Clark, King, Pierce and Snohomish counties will be enrolled in CMS’ new bundled payment initiative, Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacements (CJR). These facilities will be on the hook for 90-day episode costs for individuals undergoing joint replacements, even if those costs are incurred outside their facility. Join us on February 3rd for a free webinar to learn more about this initiative.

Register today!

Connect with Qualis Health at Medicaid Innovations 2016

If you’re attending this year’s Medicaid Innovations Forum, you may see some faces from Qualis Health in the crowd. On Thursday, January 28, our Vice President of Quality & Safety Initiatives, Dr. Peggy Evans, will participate in the panel "Improving Care Transitions Between Care Settings to Reduce Avoidable Readmissions and Improve Outcomes." We’re also exhibiting at the conference. Please stop by and see us in booth #22.

Visit the Medicaid Innovations 2016 website.

January 29: Two-Part Webinar on Preventing HAIs

Qualis Health’s Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Learning and Action Network team is hosting a two-part webinar aimed at helping you prevent HAIs. Part 1 will cover best practices in testing for C. dificile infection, while Part 2 will deal with engaging patients in order to prevent surgical site infections. In both parts, we’ll ask to hear from you—both your questions and your tactics for improvement.

Join us on Friday, January 29!

Don’t Miss Out on PQRS Incentive Payments for 2015—Don’t Miss This Webinar!

Join Qualis Health Quality Improvement Consultant Mary Franzen on Tuesday, January 26 for a no-cost webinar, “Options for 2015 PQRS Reporting.” Ms. Franzen will discuss topics such as changes in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program, submission options, financial incentives and penalties, and the future of value-based Medicare payments.

Register or learn more now.

Learn About MU Requirements for Washington State at January 12 Webinar

2016 is upon us and many eligible professionals and groups are preparing to submit meaningful use attestations for the 2015 reporting year. Join us along with speaker Travis Kushner, Public Health Data Exchange Program Coordinator for Washington’s Office of the State Health Officer, on January 12 for “Public Health Reporting for Meaningful Use in Washington State: How to Meet 2015 Requirements.”

Get the details

Join Us for "Guide to QRURs" Webinar

Dive into the details of CMS’ annual quality and resource use reports (QRURs) in our free webinar, “Guide to QRURs: What You Need to Know to Read and Interpret Quality and Resource Use Reports.” Join Qualis Health Clinical Outcomes Analyst Meghan Donohue on Wednesday, December 9 at 11:30 am Pacific Time for this one-hour event.

Learn more now

Webinar to Help HHAs Understand Performance Reports

Home health agencies who need help understanding the new CMS Performance Reports can get it from Qualis Health. On Thursday, November 5, our webinar, “More Data? Help! Understanding Home Health Performance Reports and Implications for Improvement,” will explain both the data components of the reports and the implications the reports have for quality improvement.

Find out more.

Join Us for Webinar on 2015 Meaningful Use Final Rule

On Wednesday, November 4, join Qualis Health for “2015 Meaningful Use Final Rule: How the New Rule Will Impact Your Practice.” Now that the final rule has been announced, we want to focus on preparing your practice for success. In this webinar, we’ll delve into the details surrounding the new rule and show you how to meet requirements and avoid penalties.

Get more information and register.

Jamie Moran a WSHA Infections Safe Table Presenter

On October 20, Quality Improvement Consultant Jamie Moran will speak at the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) Infections Safe Table. During her presentation, "Show Me the Money!", she will discuss leveraging the hospital value-based purchasing (VBP) and hospital-acquired condition (HAC) penalties to improve infection rates.

Find out more at the WSHA website.

Alaska Medicaid Provider Educational Session This Week

Alaska healthcare providers will gather in Anchorage on Wednesday, October 21 for the Alaska Medicaid October 2015 Provider Educational Session. Sponsored by Qualis Health and the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Health Care Services, this day-long meeting will include activities such as ICD-10 training, an introduction to the Alaska Medicaid Coordinated Care Initiative, and overviews of care management and utilization management processes.

Visit the event page for more information.

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