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Alliant GMCF Medical Director Named President of American Health Quality Association

Dr. Adrienne Mims, Medical Director of Alliant GMCF, the QIO for Georgia, was named president of the American Health Quality Association (AHQA) in July 2013, and will hold the position for one year. In this role, Mims will lead the AHQA Board of Directors and serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of all AHQA committees. She will also be the official spokeswoman for the organization. I look forward to further strengthening QIO relationships with providers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and stakeholder organizations, and to bolstering learning and sharing of best practices, tools and education among members to support QIO health care improvement efforts at the local level in every state,” Mims said. Mims has more than 30 years of experience in primary care, consultative and home care geriatrics. In addition to her AHQA responsibilities, she will serve a second term on the Board of Directors for the American Geriatric Society, where she chairs the Audit Committee.

CCME Announces New CEO

Joy Hogan Rozman, M.Ed., RN, was named Chief Executive Officer for CCME, the QIO for North Carolina and South Carolina, in October of 2013. She succeeded Charles Riddick, who retired after serving as CCME CEO for more than 28 years. Rozman is a senior executive with more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in health care and quality improvement in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Prior to taking the helm at CCME she directed the quality and patient safety initiatives in the Middle East for Boston-based Partners Healthcare International, a consortium of Partners Healthcare, Inc., Harvard School of Medicine and Partners’ affiliated teaching hospitals such as Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She previously served as chief operating officer of Quality Health Strategies, a not-for-profit corporate holding company based in Easton, Md., and its subsidiaries (Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care and Delmarva Foundation of the District of Columbia, the QIOs for Maryland and Washington, D.C.). She also served as president and CEO of VHQC, the QIO for Virginia, for 11 years and as chief operating officer for five years prior.

Delaware REC is First in Nation to Help 1,000 Providers Achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use

Quality Insights of Delaware, the QIO and Regional Extension Center (REC) for Delaware, was named the first in the nation to help 1,000 primary care providers in a state achieve Stage 1 Meaningful Use for electronic health record (EHR) systems. The REC began offering technical assistance to providers as well as guidance and information on best practices in 2010, and became the first of 62 Health Information Technology RECs to surpass the 1,000 primary care provider milestone. The Delaware state motto of the First State’ is fitting also for the Delaware REC, which is the first state to reach their goal of bringing primary care providers, often in small and underserved practices, to meaningful use,” said Kimberly Lynch, Director of REC Programs, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. According to Beth Schindele, Quality Insights REC Director, the providers that have achieved Stage 1 are a foundation for dramatic growth. She said clinicians without EHRs will now see the benefits of electronic communications between others on the care team and be encouraged to make the switch themselves.

Initiative Helps Minnesota Hospitals Significantly Reduce Avoidable Readmissions

Stratis Health, the Quality Improvement Organization for Minnesota, the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and the Minnesota Hospital Association, were recently named recipients of the 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality for their work with the Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively (RARE) campaign. The campaign’s 82 participating hospitals and 100 community partners reported they prevented 6,211 readmissions between Jan. 1, 2011 and June 30, 2013. The campaign is focused on five key areas: comprehensive discharge planning; medication management; transition care support; patient and family engagement; and transition communications.