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Thank you to everyone making lives better during COVID-19

We grieve George Floyd’s tragic and unnecessary death and are appalled by the circumstances of it. We are distressed by the physical and emotional damage to our community that his killing sparked. While Stratis Health conducts its health improvement work nationwide, Minneapolis is home for us — so this is personal. The public outcry here and around the world compel us to intensify and bring sharper focus to our health equity work and to our efforts to improve community health for everyone. Structural racism and discrimination exist in all parts of our society, including health care. We join the strong voices and collective energy for action with hope and determination, knowing that making change happen has never been more urgent.

Improving Health Care Quality and Patient Safety

Stratis Health is an independent nonprofit organization that leads collaboration and innovation in health care quality and patient safety. For over 40 years, we've worked across settings of care to improve the health of individuals and communities, and to improve the processes used to deliver care.

Stratis Health facilitates learning and action networks across communities, and provides direct technical assistance to health care providers. We have four key program areas: health disparities, health IT, rural health and serving as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO).

Examples of our program areas in action:

  • Working with 23 rural communities in Minnesota to start or strengthen palliative care programs.
  • Providing consultation and technical assistance to 23 clinics and 3 public health agencies to measure and enhance the cultural competence of their clinical and non-clinical staff working with multicultural patient/client populations.
  • Serving as the Regional Extension Center for MN and ND, we fostered success in adopting and implementing electronic health records with nearly 5,100 clinicians at 662 clinic locations and 121 critical access/rural hospitals.

Stratis Health works with providers in the field to develop and implement improvement projects, using measurement and evidence-based best practices, and translating research into practice, in order to facilitate sustainable improvement in health and health care delivery.

We make lives better.

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Medicare Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization

Stratis Health works to achieve national health care quality goals on behalf of Medicare, through Superior Health Quality Alliance – the Medicare Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) which serves Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. From 2019-2024, we are bringing communities together for learning and action, supporting providers and practitioners with evidence-based clinical interventions and objective expertise, and improving the value of health care.

Superior Health is working to:

  • Improve behavioral health outcomes, focusing on decreased opioid misuse
  • Increase patient safety, including reducing adverse drug events
  • Increase chronic disease management, focusing on cardiac/vascular health, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease
  • Increase quality of care transitions, including reduced hospital readmissions
  • Improve nursing home quality

Stratis Health has supported quality improvement on behalf of Medicare for the state of Minnesota since the inception of the QIO program in 1971. We implement national health care quality priorities on the local level.

QIO Program Impact 2014- 2019 - as Lake Superior QIN

News and Resources

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Survey Prioritizes Telehealth Policies to Keep Post-Pandemic In April, Stratis Health conducted a survey of Virtual Health Sharing Group members, plus several other health systems, to gather feedback regarding which of the telehealth components in the Medicare 1135 waiver should continue permanently.

First Episode Now Available: Quality Time: Sharing PIE Recorded Conversations In these recorded conversations, experienced critical access hospital Virtual Quality Improvement Mentors discuss key topics that help drive quality improvement in their rural hospitals.

Telehealth Use in Minnesota - More than 1,000-Fold Increase Survey of Minnesota health systems shows rapid expansion of telehealth use in Minnesota and top challenges.

Regional COVID-19 Virtual Open Forums Superior Health Quality Alliance weekly open forums offer providers across the care continuum a place to come together to find COVID-19 information and tools not available through setting-specific sources.

Stratis Health Response to COVID-19 Pandemic We’re working with our funders to best use our programs, resources, and relationships to support health care organizations in addressing the pandemic.

Join with Superior Health Quality Alliance for Medicare Quality Improvement Gain access to data-driven, customized support; subject matter experts; high-quality educational sessions; networking opportunities and more.

Stratis Health Announces New Board Members – Jamie Carsello, Kelly Fluharty, and Karen Monsen All three new board members bring a wealth of knowledge about converting data into actionable impact for health care quality improvement and framing health care financing that will be valuable in guiding the organization’s strategic direction.

Laura Grangaard Johnson Selected to Serve on CMS Technical Expert Panel for Reevaluation of Inpatient Claims-Based Outcome Measures She has subject matter expertise in rural critical access hospitals and quality measure development and evaluation, and experience working with claims data.

Updated Diversity in Minnesota Information Sheets Provide Insight for Better Care Learn more about the background, religious and cultural beliefs, communication preferences, and common health issues of the underserved and predominant minority populations in Minnesota.

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Quick Links

CHAIN - preventing HAIs website

Culture Care Connection - cultural competency learning center

Health Information Technology Services - including HIT toolkits for various settings

Minnesota Shared Decision-Making Collaborative - promoting a patient-centered approach in Minnesota

MIPS Estimator - plan how to improve quality and succeed in the Quality Payment Program

Superior Health Quality Alliance - Medicare Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO)


Publications - Quality Update newsletter fall 2019

Training & Events