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Qualis Health Named Award Finalist for Care Transitions Work

February 27, 2015

Seattle, WA - Qualis Health, one of the nation's leading population health management organizations, has been named a finalist in the 6th Annual Case In Point Platinum Awards in recognition of outstanding commitment toward continuous improvement in care transitions. The nomination acknowledges Qualis Health's success in reducing hospital readmission rates through its Communities for Safer Transitions of Care program.

"We are honored to receive this national recognition, which demonstrates Qualis Health's dedication to providing high-quality care transition services," said Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, President and CEO of Qualis Health. "To be acknowledged by the experts in the field reinforces our commitment to improve healthcare quality through leadership and innovation."

Case In Point is recognizing Qualis Health's three-year effort (August 2011 through July 2014) supporting 19 communities in Idaho and Washington to convene broad coalitions focused on reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions. Each of these communities included one or more hospitals and other providers such as home health agencies, nursing homes, physician practices and hospices. The initiative was associated with avoidance of over 7,600 30-day hospital readmissions and estimated Medicare savings of over $88 million.

Qualis Health led its care transitions program as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Idaho and Washington, under contract to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The QIO program is among the largest federal programs dedicated to improving health quality at the community level.

Winners of this year's Case In Point Platinum Awards, which recognize organizations that have positively impacted America's healthcare delivery system through innovative healthcare management programs, will be announced May 7 in Baltimore, MD.

About the Case In Point Platinum Awards

The Case In Point Platinum Awards program, sponsored by Dorland Health, recognizes professionals and organizations who demonstrate sustained success in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of patient care and outcomes across the health spectrum.


This material was prepared by Qualis Health, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Idaho and Washington, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. ID/WA-A1-QH-1569-11-14

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