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Improving Postpartum Maternal Health in Oregon

By Ami Hanna, Intern | Blog,  11/18/2019,   0 comments

For many mothers, the postpartum period may be the most medically complex stage of pregnancy. More than half of maternal deaths occur during the postpartum period defined as one day to one year after delivery. There are even more near misses — new mothers who experience pregnancy-related complications that may be avoidable. As with so many other adverse health outcomes, these complications and deaths disproportionately affect low-income families and rural areas with diminished access to high-quality medical care.

As a doula, I see firsthand how hard it can be for mothers to care for a newborn while also trying to meet their own needs. And yet, many complications can be avoided through a combination of increased access to routine…



Two Tactics to Improve Clinical Quality Data Validation

By Carolyn Brill, CPHIT, CHP, Quality Improvement Principal
Blog,  09/19/2019,   0 comments

When I work with clinics on quality improvement projects, it is sometimes difficult to engage teams in the work. They agree that improving the quality of care they provide to their patients is important, but they lack confidence in the data being used to monitor their improvements. Once they believe the data is accurate and reliable, they are more willing to fully participate in QI projects. These are two of the tactics I recommend for improving data validation:

Conduct a Mini…

Paramedicine Collaborative Helps Patients and Reduces Overutilization

By Jessica Burkard, Quality Improvement Consultant
Blog,  08/19/2019,   0 comments

When people with complex medical and social needs have little support or resources, they may rely on emergency service providers for nonemergent care and even companionship. These high utilizers can overburden emergency medical services and emergency departments, preventing them from addressing true emergencies. The Pierce County Paramedicine Collaboration is a community-driven project to reduce overutilization of emergency medical systems and hospital services by high utilizers while…

Behavioral Health Integration Bridges the Gap Between Mind and Body
Five years ago, I had a family member struggling with depression. The medication they had been taking wasn’t effective anymore. They visited their primary care provider, who said… more
What Do Real Estate and Health Care Have in Common?
I live in Portland, Oregon. Like many U.S. cities, Portland is experiencing a very hot real estate market right now. I know many friends and colleagues who are searching for a… more
On the Path to Equity: The Partnership to Advance Tribal Health
Health care delivery systems in the United States, like many other institutions, have not yet realized equitable outcomes — or even equity — in the processes of delivery or… more
How do we change the world? Together.
In a presentation last year, I had to say what the mission of the newly formed Comagine Health (formerly HealthInsight and Qualis Health) was before our new board had finalized it… more
Data as a Catalyst for Improving Health Care Quality and Lowering Costs
As Comagine Health moves forward following our recent merger of HealthInsight and Qualis Health, we bring a variety of skills, talents and business lines together. How will we… more
The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: A Regularly Scheduled Service for Prevention and Wellness
Cars and I have a love-hate relationship — I love the convenience of getting where I need to go anytime I want to, but I hate them for the ever-increasing expenses involved in… more
Can the Medical-Dental Collaborative Model Lower the Cost of Cardiovascular Disease?
Twenty years ago, psychologist Daniel J. Simons created the now-classic “gorilla experiment” video. When he asked viewers to count the number of times a group of people passed a… more
Embracing Challenges and Accommodating Risk as a Driver of Transformation in the QIO Program
Change is in the air. Even as we formally launched our new company earlier this month, our Comagine Health team was hard at work on a fundamental reimagining of the work we do for… more
Data + Structured Quality Improvement: Dynamic Duo for the Front Lines of Opioid Interventions
Data evaluations can be extremely motivating. When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began reporting on the opioid epidemic, health care providers and the public were… more
What’s Emerging from the Merger? A Big News Update
The day is here! We’re officially launching the new company created by the merger between Qualis Health and HealthInsight. We’re excited. And as you learn more, we think you will… more