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Training & Events

MetaStar Health Care Quality Symposium

November 4, Wisconsin Dells

"Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) as the Foundation for Quality Across All Settings" will be presented by Kathie Nichols, Nursing Home Liaison, Stratis Health (representing Minnesota in the Lake Superior Quality Improvement Network). Learn how implementing and enhancing QAPI creates a continuous approach to improvement safety, quality, and patient/resident/staff engagement in any setting. More >

Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) Boot Camp

November 6, Eagan, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

"What Goes Into a Successful PIPP Application" will be presented by Kathie Nichols and Kristi Wergin, Stratis Health (representing Minnesota in the Lake Superior Quality Improvement Network). The primary purpose of this Boot Camp is to guide nursing home teams in creating and writing an effective performance-based incentive payment program proposal. Hosted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. E-mail Bev Milotzky to register by November 1. More >

Stratis Health Presenting at MN Cancer Alliance Conference

November 6, Bloomington

Janelle Shearer of Stratis Health will present “Communities Working Together to Optimize Hospice Use,” results from TRUE, a CMS Special Innovation Project. She will describe how Stratis Health’s Targeting Resource Use Effectively (TRUE) hospice utilization project worked with community partners to help health care providers identify patients who could most benefit from a hospice referral, and to recognize opportunities to encourage patient/provider conversations about hospice or other end of life care earlier in a patient’s course of treatment. Register

Care Providers of Minnesota: 66th Annual Convention & Expo

November 17-19, Bloomington

Check Care Providers of Minnesota's website for information on speakers and sessions. Stratis Health’s Kathie Nichols, Kristi Wergin, and Jane Pederson will present two sessions:

  • Maximizing Your QI Efforts, November 18, 10:30 AM
    Kristi Wergin, program manager, and Kathie Nichols, nursing home liaison, Stratis Health, Bloomington, MN
    In this session, participants will learn how participation in the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative will help nursing homes strengthen quality improvement work they are already doing.The NNHQCC is focused on achieving system-wide improvement and ensuring that every nursing home resident receives the highest quality of care. Participants in the NNHQCC will learn how to maximize work in existing state and national quality initiatives and how CMS is measuring nursing home progress.
  • Overcoming QAPI Sticking Points, November 18, 3:45 PM
    Jane Pederson, director of medical affairs, Stratis Health, Bloomington, MN
    This session will tackle three challenges that can pose "sticking points" for nursing home performance improvement: lack of a method to identify improvement opportunities; lack of staff-buy-in; and ineffective teamwork.

CHAIN Webinar: “Vanishing VAE”

December 8, 12 - 1 p.m. CST

Mechanical ventilation saves the lives of over 300,000 critically ill patients in the U.S. annually; however, there are preventable ventilator related complications that can lead to poor outcomes, including death. The Minnesota Hospital Association convened a group of Minnesota hospitals to conduct a review of the most recent evidence-based recommendations related to VAE prevention, and establish a bundle of interventions. The Vanishing VAE bundle is being piloted by four hospitals, including one rural hospital. Lessons learned during initial implementation will be shared. Register

Speakers: Ellen Simonson, RN, CIC, Director, Infection Prevention and Control; Melissa McClure, MD; Pulmonologist; Joe Wilson, RN, BSN, CCRN; Intensive Care Unit; Paige Mechtel, RN, BSN; Intensive Care Unit; Melissa Fradette, MSN, RN, CCRN, Intensive Care Unit; Roberta Basol MA, RN, NE-BC; Care Center Director; Intensive Care /Surgical Care and Clinical Practice; all from CentraCare Health - St. Cloud Hospital. Joan Brown, RT, Essentia Health – Fosston.

Online trainings

See available recorded training sessions.