Quality Improvement Initiatives
HealthInsight is the Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) serving Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah. HealthInsight is leading an exciting array of initiatives for the Medicare program for a five-year period (2014-2019) as guided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
As your QIN-QIO, HealthInsight will lead and collaborate on results-oriented quality improvement activities at the local level to advance the three-part aim of the National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care: better health, better care and lower cost.
HealthInsight offers health care quality improvement learning opportunities, technical assistance and resources focusing on patient-centered care, making care safer and more affordable, and improving population health. We are engaging hospitals, nursing homes, medical practices, home health agencies, Medicare consumers and families, public agencies, and other key stakeholders to develop and apply proven strategies through the following initiatives:
Healthy People, Healthy Communities
Promoting effective prevention and treatment of chronic disease, a major driver of Medicare costs:
Improving cardiac health and reducing health disparities for people at risk for heart attack or stroke, with priority focus on blood pressure control
Supporting the Everyone with Diabetes Counts initiative to increase self-management skills and improve clinical outcomes among members of targeted Medicare beneficiary populations
Helping providers use HIT to improve the coordination of preventive care, such as immunizations and screening
Increasing primary care screening and referral for depression and alcohol misuse among older adults and increasing outpatient follow-up and care coordination post-discharge to reduce readmission rates following discharge from an inpatient psychiatric facility.
Working with office-based practitioners, home health agencies and hospitals in our region to improve influenza, pneumonia and shingles vaccinations among Medicare patients and those with both Medicare and Medicaid insurance.
Encouraging quality improvement through value-based payment of providers, quality data reporting, and the Physician Feedback Program. HealthInsight will support hospitals, medical practices and other providers in reporting quality data electronically and developing the capacity to use their own data to improve care processes.
Partnership to Advance Tribal Health (PATH)
HealthInsight is dedicated to walking with IHS and its hospitals to improve the health of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Together with our partners, we will support the IHS Quality Strategy Vision: IHS will provide patient-centered, timely, effective, safe and reliable health care of the highest quality.
Better Health Care for Communities
Making care safer by reducing harm caused in the delivery of care and promoting effective coordination of care:
Reducing healthcare-associated infections in hospitals
Reducing healthcare-acquired conditions in nursing homes such as pressure ulcers, harm from falls, and inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications
Improving coordination of care for Medicare patients across health care settings, with emphasis on reducing hospital admission and readmission rates and preventing adverse drug events, a leading cause of preventable patient harm
Local Support and Regional Learning
Our projects align with and support other initiatives important to providers, such as Partnership for Patients, Meaningful Use, and creating primary care medical homes. The initiatives incorporate dynamic support for community-based learning and change, including learning and action networks (LANs)—focused collaborative initiatives that engage providers, patients, and community partners to address common goals—as well as targeted technical assistance from our experienced staff.
Bringing together local providers, clinicians, patients, and a wide range of stakeholders to learn from each other, share best practices, learn valuable information from national innovators and clinical experts, and act on their commitment to make care safer, reduce costs, and, above all, improve the health of patients.
Why should your organization join our quality improvement initiatives? Here's a partial list of reasons.
- To improve the quality and safety of care for your patients. Free education, resources, and mentoring through our initiatives will help providers implement practices that have been shown to improve clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction.
- To play a leadership role in improving care in your community. You'll work in the vanguard of creating the value-based, patient-centered health care system our citizens deserve.
- To foster greater value in health care. Our technical assistance with data analysis and reporting, conducting improvement activities, and sharing best practices can help your organization reduce costs and thrive in the value-based purchasing environment.