Two nursing homes earn “Diamond” Quality Gems in the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Collaborative

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Qualis Health recognizes Washington State nursing homes that improve the lives of residents

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“Their persistent focus on quality improvement and wholehearted participation in the Collaborative makes a substantial difference for those they serve.”

Issaquah Nursing & Rehabilitation Center (Issaquah, Wash.) and Sunshine Health and Rehab (Spokane Valley, Wash.) both recently earned a “Diamond,” the top level of Qualis Health’s Quality Gem program. They are the first long-term care facilities in the state to have reached this level.

The award recognizes facilities that have:

  • Met all the goals of a statewide Collaborative focused on patient safety and the quality of care
  • Shared lessons learned and practical change ideas with other nursing homes located in Idaho and Washington
  • Achieved high performance ratings on national quality metrics

“Both teams worked hard to reach the Diamond level, and we are pleased to recognize their outstanding performance,” Jeff West, MPH RN, Quality Improvement Principal at Qualis Health, said. “Their persistent focus on quality improvement and wholehearted participation in the Collaborative makes a substantial difference for those they serve.”

Visit http://www.Medicare.QualisHealth.org/QualityGems for a listing of all the long-term care facilities recognized by the Quality Gem program, as well the criteria required to earn each Gem.

About Qualis Health

Qualis Health is one of the nation's leading population healthcare consulting organizations. It serves as Medicare’s the Quality Innovation Network QIO (QIN - QIO) for Idaho and Washington. Qualis Health brings Medicare beneficiaries, providers, and communities together in data-driven initiatives that increase patient safety, make communities healthier, better coordinate post-hospital care, and improve clinical quality.
In April 2018, Qualis Health and HealthInsight announced a formal merger, combining the two organizations and operations across the U.S. Both Qualis Health and HealthInsight have been engaged in healthcare quality consulting and providing quality improvement services for more than 40 years.

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