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  • Using a Novel Comprehensive Linked Dataset to Determine Early Predictors of Opioid Overdose

    A new study is focused on understanding how the relationship between patients and where they live affects patients’ likelihood of an opioid overdose, with the goal of identifying the most at-risk patients. HealthInsight, a nonprofit health care improvement organization, is working with researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Brandeis University and McLean Hospital. The five-year study (2018 through 2023) is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    Every 19 minutes, one American dies from an opioid overdose. While a great deal of attention has been focused on reducing these deaths in the past decade, with numerous interventions and training programs being created to address risky prescribing, there are still critical gaps in knowledge regarding factors that can predict overdose risk. Previous studies have identified some patient factors associated with higher risk of overdose, but little research has examined how these interact with household and community risk…

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  • Health Care Costs Continue to Vary in State-By-State Comparison, Report Shows

    Oregon Trends Above Average while Utah Remains Below Average

    Variation of the total cost of health care in six states, including Oregon and Utah, continues to be driven by local patterns of health care usage and pricing. These regional differences are explained in a report released today by the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national nonprofit representing regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) and state partners working to achieve better health, and high-quality affordable care.

    As a participant and partner in this work, HealthInsight contributes data about the cost of care in Oregon and Utah for national benchmarking, allowing for comparisons of the total cost of care in different regions around the country.

    HealthInsight Oregon, one of the original RHICs participating in the project, has been sharing information with providers,…

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  • Qualis Health earns URAC accreditation in Case Management and Health Utilization Management

    The designation demonstrates the highest level of commitment to quality health care

    SEATTLE — Qualis Health is proud to announce that it has earned URAC reaccreditation in both Case Management and Health Utilization Management. URAC is the independent leader in promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and measurement. By achieving this status, Qualis Health has demonstrated a comprehensive commitment to quality care, improved processes and better patient outcomes.

    “We are honored to have attained full reaccreditation from URAC for Case Management and Health Utilization Management,” said Qualis Health Vice President of Care Management Dave Beery. “This prestigious recognition shows that Qualis Health has the systems and staff necessary to sustain case management and utilization management programs that meet rigorous national standards. In addition, it reflects a deep dedication to our mission to improve the quality of health care…

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  • Nursing Homes in Nevada, Oregon and Utah Receive 2018 HealthInsight Quality Awards

    Award Program Recognizes Excellence in Clinical Quality and Patient Care

    HealthInsight is recognizing thirty-nine nursing homes across three states for demonstrating excellence in providing high-quality care for their residents. The HealthInsight Quality Award Program recognizes high-performing health care provider organizations in the states for which HealthInsight serves as the Medicare program’s Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contractor.

    To meet criteria for the Nursing Home Quality Award, a facility must rank at or above 75 percent of all facilities in the state, based on 15 long-stay quality measures reported on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. The facility also must have at least a 3-star rating on Nursing Home Compare. A nursing home that has received a deficiency citation rated at scope and severity G or more severe is not eligible.

    “We are honored to recognize these outstanding…

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  • Caribou Memorial Living Center earns “Diamond” Quality Gem in the Idaho Nursing Home Quality Improvement Collaborative

    Qualis Health recognizes nursing home with top award for improving the lives of residents

    BOISE, Idaho

    Caribou Memorial Living Center recently earned a “Diamond,” the top level of Qualis Health’s Quality Gem program. They are the only long-term care facility in the state to have reached this level.

    The award recognizes facilities that have:

    • Met all the goals of a statewide Collaborative focused on patient safety and the quality of care
    • Shared lessons learned with, and provided practical change ideas to, other nursing homes located in Idaho and Washington
    • Achieved high performance ratings on national quality metrics


    “The team at Caribou Memorial Living Center has worked hard to reach the Diamond level, and we are pleased to recognize their outstanding performance,” Brent Schneider, LNHA, MHA, Quality Improvement Consultant at Qualis Health, said. “Their persistent focus on quality…

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  • Two nursing homes earn “Diamond” Quality Gems in the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Collaborative

    Qualis Health recognizes Washington State nursing homes that improve the lives of residents

    SEATTLE — Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Issaquah, Wash.) and Sunshine Health and Rehab (Spokane Valley, Wash.) both recently earned a “Diamond,” the top level of Qualis Health’s Quality Gem program. They are the first long-term care facilities in the state to have reached this level.

    The award recognizes facilities that have:

    • Met all the goals of a statewide Collaborative focused on patient safety and the quality of care
    • Shared lessons learned and practical change ideas with other nursing homes located in Idaho and Washington
    • Achieved high performance ratings on national quality metrics


    “Both teams worked hard to reach the Diamond level, and we are pleased to recognize their outstanding performance,” Jeff West, M.P.H., R.N., Quality Improvement Principal at Qualis Health, said. “Their persistent…

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  • Adult Pneumonia Immunizations Save Lives

    Qualis Health and the Southeast Idaho Public Health District Launch Pneumonia Awareness Campaign

    Boise, ID - According to national research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), less than 67 percent of adults age 65 or older received their pneumonia vaccination in 2016. In Southeast Idaho, 57% of Medicare beneficiaries have never received a pneumonia vaccination, putting them at risk for serious illness and hospitalization.

    To address this gap, Qualis Health and the Southeast Idaho Public Health District have partnered with Idaho State University, Portneuf Quality Alliance, Bingham Memorial Hospital, and other health care and community organizations to boost immunization rates. During September, an awareness campaign that includes radio, transit and social media…

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  • Utah Action Coalition Named an Innovation Fund Awardee

    Salt Lake City — The Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, an initiative of AARP Foundation, AARP, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), recently announced the Utah Action Coalition for Health is among nine of its state-based organizations that will receive up to a $25,000 Innovation Fund award to supports its work. The winners were selected based on their submissions of replicable plans to advance at least one recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on the future of nursing while connecting their work to RWJF’s efforts to build a “Culture of Health,” where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life.

    The competition was limited to the Campaign’s state-based “Action Coalitions,” which had to raise matching funds to be considered. The funds awarded to Utah were matched by Intermountain Healthcare, Mountain Star Healthcare, Utah Nursing Consortium and Utah Hospital Association. The Utah Action Coalition has…

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  • Marie Dunn Joins American Health Quality Association Board of Directors

    Qualis Health’s Vice President of Quality and Safety Initiatives elected to governing body of national organization dedicated to promoting fundamental change to improve healthcare quality

    Seattle, WA—Marie Dunn, MS, Vice President of Quality and Safety Initiatives (QSI) for Qualis Health, has been named to the American Health Quality Association (AHQA) Board of Directors. Dunn was elected at the association’s annual membership meeting on July 9 during the 2018 AHQA Quality Summit in Baltimore, MD.

    Dunn brings more than a decade of healthcare leadership experience to the AHQA board, including significant work in the population health and quality improvement arenas for Health Catalyst and The Advisory Board Company.

    “I have a long-standing interest in efforts to drive systematic changes in our healthcare system by leveraging innovative practices and data,” said Dunn. “I look forward to working with AHQA on our shared mission to promote the fundamental…

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  • Qualis Health Joins ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program

    Board Certified Physicians Participating in Quality Improvement Initiatives Will Earn Maintenance of Certification Credit

    Seattle – Qualis Health, one of the nation's leading population health management organizations, has announced that they have joined the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program). Physicians participating in quality improvement initiatives with Qualis Health who are Board Certified by one of 20 of the 24 ABMS Member Boards participating in the Portfolio Program may now receive Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) credit for their engagement in quality improvement work at their practice or clinic.

    “Becoming a Portfolio Program Sponsor allows us to better meet the needs of the physicians with whom we work,” said Jeff Hummel, MD, MPH, Qualis Health’s Medical Director for Healthcare Informatics. “Physician engagement is imperative to improving quality…

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