Portland, Ore. — The governing boards of HealthInsight Management Corporation, HealthInsight Oregon and Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation (Q Corp) have approved a merger of the two organizations and their operations in Oregon.
HealthInsight and its Portland-based affiliate HealthInsight Oregon (formerly Acumentra Health) have partnered with Q Corp in health care quality improvement and transformation initiatives nationally and in Oregon for a number of years. In August 2016, they entered into a business partnership to explore options for a closer organizational relationship. Leadership from both organizations studied an array of long-term partnership models and recommended the merger option, leading to the agreement announced today.
"This merger will strengthen and leverage the activities of both organizations not only in Oregon, but across HealthInsight's four-state region of Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah," said Mylia Christensen, executive director of Q Corp and HealthInsight Oregon. "Collectively our organizations have significant strengths, and this formal affiliation will enable broader and deeper engagement, delivering services to stakeholders as collaboratively and efficiently as possible."
The boards also approved the creation of a new research and development unit serving the combined organizations and to be housed within HealthInsight Oregon. Staff from HealthInsight and Q Corp will work together in this unit to develop and test innovative programs and approaches and to pursue new and diverse revenue sources.
"This is an exciting time of growth and opportunity for HealthInsight and Q Corp," said Marc Bennett, president and CEO of HealthInsight Management Corporation. "This merger will enable us, working together, to more effectively meet the needs of patients and providers across the region."
The organizations will continue to work together over the next six months to finalize a governance and leadership plan, realign corporate structure and staffing, and finalize integration. Ms. Christensen will remain executive director of both HealthInsight Oregon and Q Corp and will partner with executive staff in each state to leverage and scale existing and new programming across the region.
As part of the corporate restructuring, HealthInsight also has created a separate corporate entity, HealthInsight Assure, LLC, to provide independent direction and governance of the company's External Quality Review (EQR) contracts and related quality assurance lines of business. The new organization will draw on HealthInsight's experienced staff to perform its work for state Medicaid agencies. HealthInsight Oregon has conducted the EQR for Oregon under contract with the state Medicaid agency since 2005.
HealthInsight, headquartered in Salt Lake City, oversees affiliated 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporations in Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah, and End Stage Renal Disease Networks across the western United States. The organization holds contracts and grants in key areas of health care improvement, including leading quality improvement activities for the Medicare program as the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for the four-state region. HealthInsight has more than 40 years of experience assisting front-line providers and engaging health care stakeholders to improve health care and outcomes. Its programs focus on transparency and public reporting; effective use of health information technology; engaging patients and communities to improve their health; and redesigning how care is paid for and delivered.
About Q Corp
Q Corp is an independent, nonprofit organization with a 17-year history of improving the quality and affordability of health care in Oregon. Q Corp leads community collaboration and produces unbiased information to support health care transformation efforts across the state and nationally. The company's volunteer board and committees guide a variety of projects and programs related to health care transparency, transformation and affordability. Key initiatives include Q Corp's voluntary all-payer data collaborative, Total Cost of Care program and managing Oregon's Patient-Centered Primary Care Institute.