Leadership Corner: Superior Health's First Improvement Collaborative
Posted on February 06, 2020
In July 2018, the Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) became one of eight organizations to form Superior Health Quality Alliance (Superior Health), a nonprofit company with the mission, “to improve the quality of health and healthcare through innovation, effectiveness and efficiency in designing and implementing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) … initiatives that are person-centered and integrated across the continuum of care and services.”
Superior Health is a multistate organization that supports MHA Keystone Center efforts to continue broadening its quality improvement work. Superior Health members, each with proven success in driving achievement of Medicare quality improvement goals, include the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, MetaStar, the Midwest Kidney Network, the Minnesota Hospital Association, MPRO, Stratis Health and the Wisconsin Hospital Association, along with the MHA. We are thrilled to be collaborating with such an esteemed group of organizations. Across 2020, I personally have the distinct privilege of serving as chair of the Superior Health board of directors, working closely with a talented team of individuals who make up Superior Health’s management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Tania Daniels.
The Superior Health partnership allows the MHA to collaborate with others to improve the quality of health and healthcare for patients, clinicians, provider organizations, consumers and communities. In January 2019, the CMS selected Superior Health as one of 59 organizations nationwide to be named a Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractor (NQIIC). This designation allows Superior Health to bid on federal NQIIC task orders from 2019 through 2024, providing services that may include direct technical assistance in specific areas of healthcare quality improvement (e.g., patient safety, opioid misuse, etc.); helping providers and healthcare organizations achieve quantitative results for improved outcomes, lower costs, better care, less provider burden and greater transparency; serving as backbone organizations to form and engage community coalitions and learning and action networks; and supporting a diverse array of populations such as rural providers, vulnerable beneficiaries, clinical practices, dialysis facilities and more.
In November 2019, the CMS awarded a five-year task order contract to Superior Health to serve as a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The work under the contract focuses on improving nursing home quality, increasing quality of care transitions, increasing chronic disease prevention and self-care, increasing patient safety, and improving behavioral health and opioid misuse. Superior Health is now recruiting organizations to participate in this first initiative, the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Collaborative and Community Coalitions for Improving Care.
Organizations that elect to participate in this Superior Health initiative will receive data-driven, customized support; access to subject matter experts; opportunities to participate in high-quality educational sessions; networking opportunities and more. Participants in this effort can include behavioral health organizations, clinicians, community-based organizations, dialysis centers, emergency departments, healthcare organizations and systems, home health agencies, hospitals, nursing homes and pharmacies. For more information or to join the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Collaborative and Community Coalitions for Improving Care, visit the Superior Health website.
Looking forward, I expect the MHA team will be sharing many more Superior Health updates as we continue to seek new opportunities to improve healthcare quality. In the meantime, do not hesitate to reach out with questions.
Brittany Bogan, FACHE, CPPS, is the senior vice president of safety and quality at the MHA and the executive director of the MHA Keystone Center.
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