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2015 Qualis Health Idaho Quality Award Winners Announced

April 15, 2015

Qualis Health Recognizes Four Idaho Organizations for Improvements in Healthcare

Boise, ID – Qualis Health, one of the nation's leading population health management organizations, will present the Idaho Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality on April 16. Four healthcare organizations from across the state of Idaho will be recognized for their achievements in improving healthcare quality and outcomes.

"Our changing healthcare landscape requires increasingly vigorous efforts to improve healthcare delivery and health outcomes in Idaho and across the nation. The Qualis Health Idaho Quality Awards celebrate organizations that have transformed healthcare delivery for their communities—making a real difference for their patients and their families," said Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, President and CEO of Qualis Health. "Their achievements exemplify the aims of improved healthcare: better quality of care at a lower cost."

The award recipients will be recognized during a ceremony at the 2015 Idaho Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference on April 16 in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Sugarman and Linda Rowe, MS, Qualis Health's Director of Idaho Care Transitions & Patient Safety, will present the awards.

The 2015 Quality Awards of Excellence in Healthcare Quality are awarded to the following organizations:

  • Award of Excellence: Post-Acute/Long-Term Care - Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation, Kellogg, for their project "Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement: from Theory to Practice, Implementing the Five Elements to Fall Reduction"
  • Award of Excellence: Critical Access Hospital - Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics, Orofino, for their project "Case Management of High Utilization Emergency Department Patients"
  • Award of Excellence: Hospital - Kootenai Health, Coeur d'Alene, for their project "Safe Specimen Labeling"
  • Award of Excellence: Hospital - St. Luke's Treasure Valley, Boise, for their project "Project Zero / Joint Replacement Program"

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About Qualis Health

Qualis Health is one of the nation’s leading population health management organizations, and a 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.

In Idaho, Qualis Health serves as the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-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 case management and utilization management services to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Division of Medicaid.

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