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Stratis Health to Support CMS Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center

National Expertise in Nursing Homes and Health IT

Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Stratis Health will continue its dedication to improving health care quality by serving as a subcontractor to Telligen, Inc., the organization that was recently awarded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC) contract. Charged with supporting the network of QIN Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) across the country, Telligen and its partners will advance CMS’ new approach to improving health care for Medicare consumers, families, and caregivers nationwide.

Over the next five years, Telligen and its subcontractors, including Stratis Health, will partner with CMS and 14 QIN-QIO contractors working in all 50 states to support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Quality Strategy (NQS) and the CMS Quality Strategy to accomplish better care, better health for people and communities and affordable care through improvements.

The QIO Program is one of the largest U.S. programs dedicated to improving health and quality of care at the community level. QIN-QIOs make up a network of experts in health care quality improvement and work in partnership with patients and families, providers, and health care stakeholders in every care setting on data-driven quality initiatives to improve patient safety, reduce harm, increase patient and family engagement and improve clinical care in communities throughout the country.  

“This CMS Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center work allows us to continue our national leadership in quality improvement for nursing homes and the use of electronic health records to improve quality in clinical practices,” said Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health Lundblad.

The Telligen team, which includes a number of experts and partners, will provide improvement tools and facilitate communication between QINs, providers, state and federal agencies, internal and external stakeholders, communities, patients, caregivers and families at both the national and local levels to support improved health care quality and value for more than 45 million Medicare beneficiaries throughout the country.

Support for the QIN-QIOs will be focused on the program’s strategic initiatives, including:

  • Working with nursing homes to improve care for residents
  • Supporting clinical practices using electronic health records to track and improve care management and care coordination
  • Reducing healthcare‐associated infections in hospitals
  • Reducing hospital readmissions and medication errors
  • Promoting disease management and prevention of cardiac disease and diabetes
  • Reducing healthcare disparities through community, provider, and patient-centered care and services
  • Improving patient and family engagement
  • Providing technical assistance for CMS value based purchasing programs, including the physician value based modifier program

Stratis Health will support these initiatives with a particular focus on working with nursing homes and enhancing EHR use. “This is an opportunity to advance the use of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) to build a greater foundation for quality in nursing homes,” noted Marilyn Reierson, Stratis Health program manager.

“Stratis Health has a great deal of experience working with providers to optimize EHRs, by leading one of the top performing Regional Extension Centers for Health IT,” said Paul Kleeberg, Stratis Health chief medical informatics officer. “We’re pleased to spread this knowledge at the national level to improve care management and care coordination.”

This CMS Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center work builds on Stratis Health’s experience supporting nursing home quality improvement for Medicare QIOs nationally from 2008-2014, developing nursing home tools and resources for the CMS National QAPI Demonstration Project, leading a CMS special innovation project for health IT for post acute providers, and leading the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH).