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Qualis Health Recognizes Washington Organizations for Improvements in Healthcare

May 15, 2012

Seattle, WA - Qualis Health, one of the nation's leading healthcare consulting and care management organizations, presented the Washington State Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality today. The awards were presented to five healthcare organizations, recognizing their achievements in improving healthcare quality and outcomes in 2011.

"Across the country, Americans are focusing more than ever on efforts to improve healthcare quality and value. By recognizing today's awardees, we honor organizations in Washington State that demonstrate their commitment to transforming healthcare delivery for their patients, families and communities," said Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, President and CEO of Qualis Health. "The work being done here in our state shows that simultaneously improving care and lowering cost can be achieved."

Qualis Health presented the awards at the 2012 Northwest Patient Safety Conference at the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center.

The 2011 Quality Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality were presented to the following organizations:

HALL HEALTH PRIMARY CARE CENTER - Seattle, Washington
Innovation
Modifying Opioid Prescribing Patterns by Use of Electronic Health Record Tools

HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER - Seattle, Washington
Three-Part Aim: Improved Healthcare for Individuals, Better Health for the Community, Lower Per-Capita Costs
Improving Access, Outcomes and Efficiency of Mental Health Care: Moving from Consultation to Integration in Primary Care

HARBORVIEW MEDICAL CENTER - Seattle, Washington
Innovation
Serial Patient Screening for Infectious Source (SePSIS): An Early Warning System for Sepsis

MULTICARE HEALTH SYSTEM - Tacoma, Washington
Innovation
Using a Multi-Faceted Active Change Process and Infection Prevention to Reduce Post-Op C-Section Infections: Implementing a "C-Section Bundle" for High-Risk Patients

SEATTLE CANCER CARE ALLIANCE - Seattle, Washington
Innovation
Evaluating the Effectiveness of an Infection Control for Construction, Remodel and Maintenance Policy in an Ambulatory Oncology Setting

SWEDISH HEALTH SERVICES - Seattle, Washington
Three-Part Aim: Improved Healthcare for Individuals, Better Health for the Community, Lower Per-Capita Costs
Reducing 30-Day Readmissions for Heart Failure Inpatients through Coordinated Care and Post-Acute Follow-Up

About Qualis Health
Qualis Health is a national leader in improving care delivery and patient outcomes, working with clients throughout the public and private sector to advance the quality, efficiency and value of healthcare for millions of Americans every day. Qualis Health delivers solutions to ensure that our partners transform the quality, efficiency and value of the care they provide, with a focus on process improvement, care management and effective use of health information technology. In Washington State, Qualis Health serves as the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONCHIT), and provides care management services to the Washington State Health Care Authority, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and private insurers such as Taft Hartley union trusts and self-insured employers. Learn more at www.qualishealth.org.

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