Quality Improvement Initiatives
Under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is the designated Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for
- Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories of Guam and American Samoa and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and
As the QIN-QIO, we strive to be person-centered, listening to the voices of Medicare beneficiaries and their families and helping health care providers do the same; collaborative, building relationships, aligning activities and sharing knowledge and resources to bring about a shared vision; results-oriented, contributing to national goals at the local level; and a catalyst for change to achieve better health care outcomes. Mountain-Pacific partners with providers, practitioners, patients and their families and other health care stakeholders to work toward three major goals related to quality improvement.
1. Healthy People, Healthy Communities
Mountain-Pacific promotes the prevention and treatment of chronic disease. To do this, we work to
- improve cardiac health in patients and reduce disparities in cardiac health care;
improve the health of people with diabetes and reduce disparities in diabetes health care as part of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts
- improve the coordination of preventive care through supporting health care providers’ use of health information technology (HIT) and collaborating with regional extension centers (RECs).
2. Better Health Care for Communities
Mountain-Pacific believes health care should be patient-centered, reliable, easy to access and safe. We partner with health care facilities and agencies to promote effective communication and coordination of care. We also share data and effective health care practices with hospital and nursing home staff to reduce harm caused in the delivery of care. Specifically, we are tasked to
- reduce healthcare-associated infections, like catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs);
- reduce healthcare-acquired conditions in nursing homes, like injury caused by falls and pressure ulcers;
- improve the coordination of care.
3. Better Health Care at Lower Costs
Through quality improvement and coordination of care within our communities, health care can be more affordable. Providers who track and report data have a better chance of improving care than providers who do not. Mountain-Pacific promotes improvement through quality reporting and federal reimbursement programs, like Value-Based Modifier and the Physician Feedback Reporting Program.
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Tools and Resources
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