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Meaningful Use Attestations among US Hospitals: The Growing Rural-Urban Divide

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New study suggests the digital divide between urban and rural hospitals that are adopting electronic health records and using the technology effectively is widening. More >

2015 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients Announced

Monday, March 9, 2015

Stratis Health announces four recipients of its 2015 Building Healthier Communities award. This Stratis Health grant award supports initiatives that promote a culture of health care quality and patient safety in Minnesota. More >

Stratis Health Elects Three Health Care Leaders to Board of Directors

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Renee Frauendienst, Stephen Kolar, and Mike Wilcox have been elected to the board of directors of Stratis Health. More >

Seven Step Root Cause Analysis Toolkit for Long-Term Care

Monday, January 12, 2015

Stratis Health, with funding from the Minnesota Department of Health, offers a free step-by-step guide to a key quality improvement method. More >

Join the IHI Open School

Friday, January 9, 2015

Stratis Health and ORHPC offer free tuition to IHI Open School Stratis Health, in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care Flex Program, is offering Minnesota Critical Access Hospitals free tuition to participate in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School. More >

Call for Participation to the Behavioral Health, Local Public Health, Long-Term and Post-Acute Care, and Social Service Communities

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Stratis Health request stakeholder participation in developing the Minnesota e-Health Roadmaps. E-health, the adoption and effective use of electronic health record (EHR) systems and other health information technology, has emerged as a successful strategy to help transform access, care delivery and patient experience, and improve the health of individuals and communities. More >

Minnesota e-Health Roadmaps to Support Timely and Effective Care for Minnesotans

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota e-Health Initiative have partnered with Stratis Health to develop the Minnesota e-Health Roadmaps. The roadmaps will describe a path forward and a framework for providers to effectively use e-health to participate in the Minnesota Accountable Health Model for the settings of long-term and post-acute care, local public health, behavioral health, and social services. More >

Medication Reconciliation in Care Transitions Between Hospitals and Nursing Homes

Monday, December 15, 2014

A new white paper highlights the waste and risk in care transitions between hospitals and nursing homes, and recommends three actions for improving medication management as a solution. More >

Stratis Health to Support CMS Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center

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. More >

George Family Foundation Honors Jennifer Lundblad at First-Ever Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders Event

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health, will be recognized by the George Family Foundation as one of 84 exceptional women leaders making remarkable contributions to building the Twin Cities at its first-ever “Celebrating Twin Cities Women Leaders” event on September 16. More >

Quality Innovation Network Contract Awarded to Support Medicare Quality Improvement in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contract to support its work improving health care for Medicare beneficiaries in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. The new contract takes effect August 1, 2014. More >

Change to Medicare Coverage and Discharge Appeals and Quality of Care Concerns: KEPRO to Serve as BFCC-QIO

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beginning August 1, 2014, KEPRO will be the new Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for Minnesota. Providers need to update their forms and contacts. More >

Stratis Health Announces 2014 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients

Friday, June 27, 2014

Stratis Health announces six recipients of its 2014 Building Healthier Communities award. This Stratis Health grant award supports initiatives that promote a culture of health care quality and patient safety in Minnesota. More >

RARE Campaign exceeds goals, prevents 7,975 avoidable hospital readmissions in Minnesota

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively) Campaign reports that it has prevented 7,975 avoidable hospital readmissions since 2011. By avoiding these readmissions, it is estimated that patients spent 31,900 more nights sleeping comfortably in their own beds instead of at the hospital, and that inpatient medical costs were reduced by about $70 million. More >

10th Anniversary Recognition at Minnesota e-Health Summit: Stratis Health Among Awardees

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Commissioner of Health, in conjunction with the Minnesota e-Health Initiative, recognized individual achievement and contributions to advance e-health in Minnesota over the past 10 years by honoring individuals at the 2014 Minnesota e-Health Summit, Looking Back to Celebrate; Looking Forward to Innovate, in St. Louis Park, on June 11, 2014. More >

President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released the report Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement Through Systems Engineering

Monday, June 2, 2014

Dr. Paul Kleeberg, chief medical informatics officer, Stratis Health and clinical director for REACH, the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT, was among the prominent health-care and systems-engineering experts that participated in the panels at the PCAST Systems Engineering for Healthcare Workshop on July 16, 2013, in Washington, DC, that informed the report. More >

New Report Addresses Challenges to the Collection of Race, Ethnicity, and Language Data in Electronic Health Records to Improve Health Equity

Sunday, June 1, 2014

A new report from Stratis Health outlines the barriers and challenges in the accurate collection and quality reporting of race, ethnicity, and language (REL) information, and the impact electronic health records (EHR) and staff training has on using REL data to improve health equity. More >

Partners in Three Communities to Increase Hospice Use in Minnesota

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Three Minnesota communities are working on a special project to help eligible patients receive hospice care sooner, and to increase appropriate referrals to and utilization of hospice care. More >

Jennifer Lundblad Honored Among 35 Minnesota Women Health Care Leaders

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Jennifer Lundblad, PhD, MBA, president and CEO, Stratis Health, was honored by The Women’s Health Leadership TRUST as one of 35 women leaders from across Minnesota who exemplify leadership excellence in the health care industry. More >

Stratis Health Releases Four Health Information Technology Toolkits

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Stratis Health has developed decision making toolkits designed to help providers with e-health projects to better serve their clients and communities and to meet the Minnesota 2015 Interoperable Electronic Health Record (EHR) mandate. Support will advance e-health for behavioral health and home health providers, social services agencies, and local health departments. More >

New Website Promotes Shared Decision-Making Between Health Care Providers and Patients

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Minnesota Shared Decision-Making Collaborative (MSDMC) has launched an expanded website offering both an online and downloadable roadmap for researching and implementing methods to assure that medical decisions are well-informed by best available evidence and consistent with patient preferences. More >

Demo Project Provides QAPI Expertise to Nursing Homes as Mandate Looms

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The University of Minnesota and Stratis Health offer help to nursing homes across the country as they prepare for the federal Quality Assurance Performance Improvement mandate. More >

National Recognition for Minnesota's Work to Reduce Hospital Readmissions—RARE Campaign Earns National Quality Forum, The Joint Commission Patient Safety and Quality Award

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively (RARE) Campaign has been awarded recognition with a 2013 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality, one of the most prestigious quality and safety awards in the country. More >

Stratis Health to Collaborate with MDH on Project Focusing on High Blood Pressure in Northeastern Minnesota

Monday, December 23, 2013

Minnesota is one of nine states to receive funding for the Million Hearts Learning Collaborative. More >

Listening to Elderly Cuts Use of Costly Medications: Experiment at nursing homes uses individualized behavior modification to get results

Friday, December 20, 2013

Star Tribune article features Ecumen, a nursing home working with Stratis Health to improve nursing home care. More >

Stratis Health Elects Recognized Leaders in Health Care and Business to its Board of Directors

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Myron Falken, Ken Johnson, Jan Malcolm, and Stella Whitney-West have been elected to the Board of Directors of Stratis Health. More >

National Pilot Project to Improve Emergency Department Transfer Communication

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Critical access hospitals in eight states will be working to improve transitions of care during emergency department (ED) transfers. Stratis Health, as a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), is leading a one-year national special innovation project funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More >

REACH Launches Patient Engagement for Care Teams Portal

Monday, September 16, 2013

REACH, the Regional Extension and Assistance Center for Health Information Technology (HIT) in Minnesota and North Dakota, has launched a web portal to help care teams effectively engage patients. This portal has resources, tools, templates, videos, blogs, and links to best practices in patient engagement. It is available to all providers, not only REACH clinics and hospitals. More >

Coming Soon: New HIT Toolkits for Minnesota Local Health Departments, Social Service Agencies, Behavioral Health and Home Health Providers

Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Information Technology, has engaged Stratis Health to develop several Health Information Technology (HIT) toolkits as a resource in meeting Minnesota’s 2015 Interoperable EHR Mandate. More >

Stratis Health’s Dr. Kleeberg Brings Expertise to New Health Information Technology Roles

Friday, July 12, 2013

Paul Kleeberg, chief medical informatics officer for Stratis Health and clinical director for the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT (REACH), was recently voted chair elect of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Board of Directors. HIMSS leads global efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology. More >

Stratis Health CEO Appointed to State Innovation Model Task Force

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health have appointed two task forces to support the Minnesota Accountable Health Model initiative, which aims to improve community health and ensure that every Minnesotan has access to team-based, coordinated, patient-centered care. More >

Enhanced CLAS Standards and a Blueprint for Implementation Released

Friday, May 17, 2013

On April 24, 2013, the Office of Minority Health launched its enhanced Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards. Created in 2000, the original 14 CLAS standards were developed to improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities through the development of health policies and programs aimed at advancing health equity and eliminating health and health care disparities. More >

Collaborative Community Grant Opportunity

Friday, April 5, 2013

The University of Minnesota Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) recently announced its 2013 Community Health Collaborative Grants funding opportunity, the fourth cycle of community-university pilot grants to be offered by the CTSI Office of Community Engagement for Health (OCEH). More >

Dementia Capable Communities Toolkit Available from ACT on Alzheimer’s

Wednesday, March 7, 2013

A new community toolkit is available from ACT on Alzheimer’s to help prepare Minnesota for the personal, social, and budgetary impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Currently, 100,000 Minnesotans live with Alzheimer's disease and the number is growing. The rise in the number of Minnesotans with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will bring enormous cost and burden to those with the disease, their families, our communities, and the state. More >

Stratis Health Announces 2013 Building Healthier Communities Award Recipients

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Stratis Health, in celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 3-9, 2013, announces two new recipients of its Building Healthier Communities award: the Center for Population Health and University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing. More >

Statewide Hospital Health Care Quality Measures Adopted Rule Published

Monday, February 25, 2013

The 2012 amendments to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 4654, Permanent Rules Relating to Health Care Quality Measures were published in the State Register on November 13, 2012, and are to be collected and reported starting in January 2013. Information includes hospital measure changes, new resources, and reporting healthcare associated infections (HAI) summary. More >

Health Plan Collaboration for Performance Improvement Continues

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Stratis Health will continue to facilitate a collaborative of the eight Minnesota health plans to develop and implement joint performance improvement projects for public program populations. More >

Medicare QIO Study Reduces Hospital Readmissions: JAMA article details success

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) highlighted a community-based pilot study that showed 30-day hospital readmissions reduced by nearly 6 percent. The study was conducted over two years by Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) in 14 communities. More >

Stratis Health Elects New Board of Directors Members

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Donna Anderson, Mary Jo Kreitzer, and Craig Svendsen have been elected to the Board of Directors of Stratis Health. More >

New Federal Research Funding for Health Policy Impacts on Rural Settings - Stratis Health Selected for National Technical Assistance Role

October 17, 2012

Stratis Health is partnering with the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis at the University of Iowa to provide technical assistance to rural health care providers who are participating in demonstrations and pilots that can help improve care coordination, enhance patient outcomes, and lower health care costs. More >

New City and County Profiles Provide Overview of Demographics Impacting Minnesota Patient Populations

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Health care providers can now use the socioeconomic and health status data in the new Culture Care Connection city profiles and updated county profiles to learn about the characteristics of their geographic service areas and surrounding regions. More >

Stratis Health Selected to Lead CMS Special Innovation Project: Health Information Technology for Post Acute Care Providers

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Stratis Health was selected to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Special Innovation Project: Health Information Technology for Post-Acute Care Providers. The project will assist post acute care providers in Minnesota—focusing on skilled nursing facilities—to improve quality and coordination of care through the effective use of health information technology (HIT) during care transitions, leverage standardized patient assessment content to facilitate health information exchange with hospitals, and reduce medical errors by improving the medication management process. More >

Report Summarizes Medicare Data for Minnesota

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Stratis Health Profile of Medicare in Minnesota gathers in one place information and resources about the Medicare program in the state. It provides a picture of who is receiving medical services through Medicare, what the 65 and older population in Minnesota looks like, health status and quality of care information, and information on the major types of Medicare health care providers in Minnesota. More >

Stratis Health Named One of the 100 Best Companies to Work For

Monday, April 16, 2012

Stratis Health was named as one of the 100 best companies to work for in Minnesota by Minnesota Business Magazine in 2012. More >

Important change for Medicare certified HHAs, SNFs, Hospices, and CORFs - new combined CMS notice forms

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CMS has issued new notices that combine the Original Medicare (FFS) and Medicare Advantage notice into one form. Providers are required to start issuing the new combined CMS notice forms by May 1. More >

Stratis Health Announces 2012 "Building Healthier Communities" Award Recipients

Monday, March 5, 2012

In celebration of Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4-10, 2012, Stratis Health announces four new recipients of this year's Building Healthier Communities award: Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, University of Minnesota School of Nursing, Multilingual Health Services Exchange, and Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care. More >

Seven Rural Minnesota Communities to Build Palliative Care Programs

Monday, January 23, 2012

Seven rural Minnesota communities have been selected to participate in Stratis Health's new Rural Palliative Care Community Development Project to establish or strengthen palliative care programs in their communities. Over 40 organizations will be working together to enhance care delivery in their communities. More >