Mountain-Pacific Celebrates 40 Years of Service
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is turning the big four-oh this year, a historic milestone for the quality improvement organization for the states of Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska.
For four decades, we have been focused on improving patient care, improving population health and lowering the cost of health care through improvement. Today, a portion of what we do revolves around our work under the direction of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). We also provide medical utilization review and management services for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. And, Health Technology Services (HTS), a division of Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is a federally designated Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center for the states of Montana and Wyoming.
Read a brief review of our history and about the 40-year road we've traveled.
AARP The Magazine Names Patient Safety "Superstars"
AARP The Magazine teamed up with The Leapfrog Group, which rates hospitals on safety and resource use, to showcase what some of the most innovative hospitals are doing to protect their patients.
View the list of safety superstars by state.
Check out AARP The Magazine's "Lessons from America's Safest Hospitals."
Find how a hospital near you rates at hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Spreading Best Practices to Serve Some of the Most Vulnerable Patients in Alaska
Although relatively small in number compared to other states, Alaska's homeless and those patients dealing with mental illness can pose challenges for health care professionals working to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions. Mountain-Pacific–Alaska organized an all-teach, all learn conference to discuss this important, though challenging, issue.
Read more here.
Can Your Long-Term Care Facility Become Restraint-Free?
Eliminating the use of physical restraints in a facility brings several challenges, including aligning strategies and goals, getting staff buy-in and staff turnover, just to name a few. Mountain-Pacific–Hawaii invited nationally renowned speaker and author Diana Waugh, RN, to share her expertise on how to tackle some of those challenges.
Read more here.
Mountain-Pacific Widens Its Reach
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health has been awarded a $375,000, 16-month contract to provide outreach, education and technical assistance to Indian Health Service hospitals in Montana. Mountain-Pacific will work in collaboration with state and federal surveyors, community members and hospital staff to support sustainable quality improvement activities helping to institute positive changes in these hospitals and within the communities they serve.
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health—Hawaii has been awarded two 16-month contracts to improve care to the people of Guam, American Samoa and Saipan.
Read about this work in Pacific Business News.
Seniors Play for Prevention
Is it possible to affect change in seniors in just twelve weeks? Mountain-Pacific takes aim at cardiovascular health improvement while providing a fun afternoon for one community's senior population. Read more about this pilot project "Play for Prevention" that pairs education with video games. While the project was launched in Hawaii, Mountain-Pacific–Alaska is currently working to bring "Play for Prevention" to its communities, too!
Dealing with C. Difficile: A Patient's Story
A daughter shares how a recurrent Clostridium difficile infection took its toll on her mother and how a fecal transplant made all the difference.
Read one family's story and learn more about fecal transplantations.