NRHI’s Members to Lead New Quality Innovation Networks

PORTLAND, Maine. – July 25, 2014 – The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a leader in transforming U.S. healthcare, announced today the pivotal role its members will play in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) new Quality Innovation Network- Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) program. Awarded to only fourteen organizations across the country, awardees will provide technical assistance, convene learning and action networks for sharing best practices, and collect and analyze data for quality improvement.

HealthInsight, an NRHI member and Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC) was awarded a contract covering four states and will be the lead for HealthInsight New Mexico, HealthInsight Nevada, and HealthInsight Utah with Acumentra Health, an Oregon-based organization that has served as the Medicare QIO since 1984, joining as a subcontractor. The Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, an NRHI member, will be part of the HealthInsight QIN, working as a subcontractor to Acumentra Health in Oregon. The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), also an NRHI member and RHIC, has been named a subcontractor to Quality Insights, which was awarded a contract covering five states (Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia). PRHI will be leveraging their deep experience in data-driven quality improvement, community organizing and expertise in lean methodology. A centerpiece of the Quality Insights application was PRHI’s web-based quality tool, Tomorrow’s Healthcare™ (THC), which provides Perfecting Patient Care℠ (PPC) Lean education and training, project management, data collection, reporting and community forums to facilitate the large-scale, sustainable healthcare quality improvement required under the contract.

“For decades, HealthInsight and PRHI have worked with payers, providers, consumers and health plans to improve the quality of healthcare and contain costs. As engines for health transformation in their communities, they understand what needs to be done and how to do it. Their leadership in the QIN-QIO program will be instrumental in accelerating change in communities across the U.S.,” says Elizabeth Mitchell, President and CEO, NRHI.

Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives, multi-stakeholder organizations comprised of healthcare payers, providers, purchasers and consumers, represent one of the best transformation mechanisms available to scale important improvements in health care. As a neutral party, these Collaboratives bring all parties to the table to come up with solutions that work for all stakeholders.
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