Qualis Health—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization serving Idaho and Washington—was recently honored by the 8th Annual DecisionHealth Platinum Awards for its quality improvement efforts. This national awards program recognizes the best in care management and care coordination, highlighting the innovations and leadership of health care organizations to create better ways to bring quality care to patients and populations.
Two QIN-QIO projects received honorable mentions from DecisionHealth.
The first, “Diabetes Self-Management Education and Community Partnerships,” was recognized in the “wellness and prevention” award category. The program empowered persons with diabetes to better manage the disease by increasing the knowledge and skills needed to prevent or lessen severity of complications. The program succeeded in developing more than 39 peer educators across Washington state and has been able to reach more than 750 individuals. Qualis Health utilized partnerships with several community agencies to increase the number of Medicare beneficiaries in the workshop.
The second project, “Choosing Wisely: Reducing Low-Value Services for Medicare Beneficiaries,” was recognized in the “physician and clinician engagement and education” category. With this project, Qualis Health identified clinicians who were utilizing low-value services, such as CT or MRI scans for headaches, at higher rates than the Washington state average. Qualis Health then worked to raise awareness of over-utilization among these clinicians through peer-comparison and feedback.
Qualis Health was also recognized as the national winner in the “care coordination” category for its Alaska-based Medicaid Emergency Room High Utilizer Program, and the wellness prevention winner for its Oral Health Integration initiative.
"Patient-centered care requires coordination of services, yet can prove challenging in today’s health care environment,” said Jonathan Sugarman, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Qualis Health. "This recognition of our innovations across the care spectrum demonstrates that population health management can be accomplished, and can bring value to patients.”