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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 locally to achieve national health care quality goals, through Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network – the Medicare Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) which serves Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. We bring communities together for learning and action, support providers and practitioners with evidence-based clinical interventions and objective expertise, and improve the value of health care. We are:

  • Improving cardiac health and reducing cardiac health care disparities
  • Reducing disparities in diabetes care
  • Improving prevention coordination through health information technology
  • Reducing health care associated infections in hospitals
  • Reducing health care acquired conditions in nursing homes
  • Improving the coordination of care between health care settings
  • Improving quality through performance-based incentives and reporting programs

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 are one of 14 QIN-QIOs across the country working to implement national health care quality priorities on the local level.

Learn more about the QIO work

QIO Impact in Minnesota

QIO Impact in U.S.

News and Resources

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MIPS Estimator Use the Stratis Health MIPS Estimator to help clinicians prepare for and succeed in the CMS Quality Payment Program. Determine which measures and data submission methods should give the highest Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) final score. Available free from Stratis Health.

Taking Stock: Policy Opportunities for Advancing Rural Health New RUPRI paper examines the progress of health system transformation and the gaps that remain as they affect rural people, places, and providers.

NRHI Welcomes Stratis Health to Member Network The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement, a national organization representing regional health collaboratives and a recognized leader in healthcare transformation, announced a new addition to its membership network: Stratis Health.

Stratis Health Announces New Board Members – Patti Cullen and Laurie Drill-Mellum Patti Cullen and Laurie C. Drill-Mellum were elected to the board of directors of Stratis Health.

New RURPI Policy Brief on Rural Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Examines rural access to and use of LTSS, and discusses current Federal and State LTSS policy for advancing rural health system transformation toward a high-performing rural health delivery system.

New Stratis Health Project to Advance Palliative Care in Rural Communities Project will expand access to services in three states and identify how to leverage alternative payment models and technology to foster rural palliative care.

Stratis Health and MAPS Launch New Strategic Partnership to Advance Safe Care Everywhere Stratis Health and the Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) have launched a new strategic partnership to drive their common vision to advance safe care everywhere.

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Quick Links

CHAIN - preventing HAIs website

Culture Care Connection - cultural competency learning center

Donna's Diary - nursing home quality improvement

Enjoy a Healthy Life! - conversations that empower seniors to take an active role in their health care.

Health Information Technology Services - including HIT toolkits for various settings

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


RARE Campaign - improving care transitions

QIN-QIO Program in MI/MN/WI - Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network

Publications - Quality Update newsletter fall 2017

Training & Events