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SEATTLE, Washington — Comagine Health’s physician executive John Vassall, MD, was recently awarded the Steven E. Weinberger Award by the American College of Physicians (ACP), the national organization of internal medicine physicians. This prestigious award is bestowed upon a physician executive for distinguished contributions to internal medicine and improving health care.

As Comagine Health’s physician executive, Dr. Vassall provides strategic leadership, clinical insight and technical expertise for patient safety and quality improvement activities. Dr. Vassall’s career spans more than three decades. Before joining Comagine Health, he was a hospital MD surveyor for The Joint Commission, evaluating U.S. hospitals for safety and…


Dr. Jeff Hummel, medical director of informatics for Comagine Health, was recently included in a Nature article about oral health. The article mentions Comagine Health’s work with oral health integration, which Dr. Hummel spearheaded.

The article focuses on efforts to improve oral health worldwide and examines Comagine Health’s work on a four-year oral health integration project that involved 19 health care centers in five states. As part of the study, organizers taught pediatricians…

Dr. Jeff Hummel, medical director of informatics for Comagine Health, recently contributed an article in the Utah Dental Association newsletter that examined the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes.

The article shared how elevated blood sugar speeds up the progression of periodontal disease, which makes it harder to control .The same is also true in prediabetes, a condition in which a person’s blood sugar is elevated, not sufficiently enough to meet the diagnostic…

Sixth Session of LTPAC Looking Beyond COVID-19 Series Deals with Drivers of ED Transfers
While emergency department transfers and hospital admissions/readmissions may be necessary to respond to a LTPAC facility resident’s urgent health crisis, data show that a… more
Recognizing Early Signs of Sepsis Critical to Survival
Sepsis is a life-threatening medical emergency resulting from the body’s response to infection. Early recognition of symptoms and timely intervention can mean the difference… more
Comagine Health Awarded Contract to Improve Chronic Disease Self-Management
New Work Expands Access to Chronic Disease Self-Management Education in Oregon  PORTLAND, Oregon — Comagine Health was recently awarded a contract with the federal… more
Chronic Kidney Disease: Decrease Risk and Prevent Progression to Manage Condition
Chronic kidney disease, which affects up to 37 million Americans each year, is known to be a risk multiplier for other afflictions, especially cardiovascular disease. Adults with… more
Fifth Session of LTPAC Looking Beyond COVID-19 Series Addresses Documenting Interventions and Resident Response to Care
Documentation in the medical record is essential. It provides a chronological record of the residents’ experiences while in your care, including the services provided to meet… more
Comagine Health’s Research and Evaluation Team Receives Funding to Study Drug Decriminalization
New Research Funded by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Portland, Ore. — Comagine Health, a leading national nonprofit health care consulting firm, received funding from the Chan… more
Chronic Kidney Disease: Early Diagnosis is Key
Early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in the primary care population allows clinicians to protect kidney health and prevent progression of the illness and the… more
Education Series Addresses Identification, Diagnosis and Management of CKD
Kidney diseases are the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, yet as many as 9 in 10 adults with chronic kidney disease, or CKD, don't know they have it. Despite… more
Fourth Session of LTPAC Looking Beyond COVID-19 Series Focuses on Importance of Monitoring and Reassessing the Resident
As part of the nursing process, it is important to monitor and reassess residents after a change in condition is identified and a new care plan initiated. Monitoring the resident… more
Third Session of LTPAC Looking Beyond COVID-19 Series Addresses Nursing Assessment and Care Planning
Quality assessments and care planning are core nursing responsibilities, and can often mean the difference between favorable and unfavorable care outcomes. Failure to… more