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Data as a Catalyst for Improving Health Care Quality and Lowering Costs

By Michael Gagnon, Executive Director, HealtHIE Nevada | Blog,  05/28/2019,   3 comments

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 capitalize on the new capabilities and become an even stronger and more capable organization? That’s a question that’s just now coming into focus. One of Comagine Health’s more interesting and unique business lines is managing the state of Nevada’s only health information exchange, HealtHIE Nevada. HealtHIE Nevada is a private not-for-profit organization that contracts with Comagine Health to operate and staff the HIE.

The primary function of all HIEs is to build a network between providers’ electronic health record (EHR) systems and offer master data…


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The Medicare Annual Wellness Visit: A Regularly Scheduled Service for Prevention and Wellness

By Wyatt Packer, MHA, Vice President, Regional Operations
Blog,  05/21/2019,   7 comments

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 running, maintenance and occasional extra cost of a speeding ticket or, even worse, an accident. I should mention that three of my kids in my household are now driving: if I told you my current auto insurance bill, you would likely get teary-eyed. So, every time a vehicle expense comes up, I cringe a little about more…

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Can the Medical-Dental Collaborative Model Lower the Cost of Cardiovascular Disease?

By Jeff Hummel, M.D., M.P.H., Medical Director, Informatics
Blog,  05/14/2019,   0 comments

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 basketball back and forth, half the viewers failed to notice the actor in a gorilla suit strolling through the scene. He demonstrated how, by concentrating on specific tasks, we become blind to things that would otherwise draw our attention.

Our approach to reducing risk of cardiovascular disease (heart…

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
We All Care, a Whole Awful Lot
When we entered Conference Room 1 of the Federal Reserve building in Birmingham, Alabama, rows of brightly colored gift bags greeted us at our seats. Inside was a copy of the… more
What’s your Why?
Diabetes Alert Day was March 26, and our team was busy working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health systems, health plans and community-based… more
Flexibility, Balance and Work That Matters: Thriving in a Tight Labor Market
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports on employment and labor information in more ways than you can imagine and is a goldmine of geekdom for human resources nerds… more
Reflections on the CMS Quality Conference
During the last week of January, over 3,000 people gathered in Baltimore for the 2019 CMS Quality Conference. Every year, CMS convenes its contractors and stakeholders to explore… more
Respect for the Kidneys!
It seems as if the kidneys are finally getting the national attention they deserve. As we celebrate Kidney Month in March and World Kidney Day March 14, it is a good time to… more
Preserving Medicaid: States are Facing Challenges and Finding Solutions
Since being enacted by Congress in 1965, Medicaid has become vital to our country’s health care coverage. With the expansion under the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid now serves… more
Engaging Patients and Family in Our Work: Why it Matters and How We Do It
Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Patient and Family Centered Care Partners Conference in Los Angeles, California with four patient advisers from our… more