Convening providers, practitioners and patients to build and share knowledge, spread best practices, and achieve rapid, wide-scale improvements in patient care.
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is the quality improvement organization (QIO) designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to partner with patients, providers and practitioners in Montana, Wyoming, Hawaii and Alaska to achieve better care, better population health and lower health costs through improvement.
Over the next three years, Mountain-Pacific is dedicated to help CMS reach bold national goals by convening partners at a local level. Quality stakeholders who partner in these quality improvement efforts will help to:
Improve Individual Patient Care
Patient safety initiatives in hospitals will reduce central line bloodstream infections by implementing the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program (CUSP) (where applicable), and then expand to encompass catheter-associated urinary tract infections, Clostridium difficile an d surgical site infections. All Medicare-participating hospitals will also receive technical assistance for reporting inpatient and outpatient quality data to CMS.
In nursing homes, work initially targets pressure ulcers and physical restraints, then evolves to address other health care-acquired conditions, such as falls, as well as more systemic issues, like staffing.
To decrease adverse drug events, Mountain-Pacific will bring pharmacists, physicians and facilities together in local Patient Safety and Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaboratives (PSPC).
Improve Health for Populations and Communities
Mountain-Pacific will assist physician practices that want to use their electronic health care records to coordinate preventive services and report related quality measures. Practices can also participate in a learning and action network focused on reducing patient risk factors for cardiac disease. We will also partner with the available Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (REC) to promote health IT integration into clinical practice.
Integrate Care for Populations and Communities
Hospitals, nursing homes, patient advocacy organizations and other stakeholders are already partnering with Mountain-Pacific in community coalitions. Our goals are to build capacity for improving care transitions and to support the coalition’s success in obtaining grant funding through Section 3026 of the Affordable Care Act.
Deliver Beneficiary- and Family-Centered Care
Quality improvement initiatives result in safer, more effective patient care, lead to better health for populations and communities and drive lower health care costs through improvement. Mountain-Pacific is committed to protecting the rights of Medicare beneficiaries by reviewing complaints about quality and appeals about the denial or discontinuation of health care services.
All health care providers and quality improvement stakeholders, including patients and their families, are invited to be a part of these bold initiatives. To learn more and become involved, contact your local Mountain-Pacific office.
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