Volume 1 | October 3, 2017
IAHQ Annual Conference Set for May 8, 2018; Celebrate Healthcare Quality Week; New Webinars and Resources; Jobs; Opportunities to Get Involved In IAHQ
IAHQ News is a monthly communication to members and non-members of the Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality (IAHQ) about upcoming events and resources available to healthcare quality improvement professionals in Illinois and the surrounding areas. To submit items that will be of interest, please send an email to IAHQ.net@gmail.com.
Save the date! May 8, 2018 IAHQ Annual Conference:
Improvement Across the Care Continuum
IAHQ’s 2018 Annual Conference will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at the NIU Naperville Campus, 1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL 60563. Participants can expect an expanded conference experience with a pre-conference evening reception and keynote presentation, more interactive conference-day presentations and panels, time for networking, CPHQ continuing education credit, as well as more ways to engage with and learn from one another through stories and posters on QI projects. Please save the date and be prepared to respond to the call for posters when it is announced later this year. Accepted posters will be judged by peers during the conference and receive awards. It’s not too late to join the planning committee. If interested, email: IAHQ.net@gmail.com Stay tuned for planning updates!
IAHQ Strategic Planning Update
The IAHQ Board recently conducted a strategic planning meeting to discuss ways the association may increase value to you, our members and potential members. Although some of the changes will take time to complete, such as a new website, you will see aspects of this plan unveiled through the end of 2017 and during 2018, including a greatly enhanced conference experience, a new webinar series, increased communications, and access to new resources. Details in future IAHQ News.

About IAHQ Communications

In the near term, IAHQ will make extensive use of IAHQ News, e-Blast system and LinkedIn to provide you news, resources and other information to support your quality improvement goals while a new website is built. IAHQ will be careful to limit the number of communications you receive.
Join or Renew Now and SAVE!
If you renew your membership or join IAHQ by December 31, 2017, at the current annual rate of $50, you will be a member through all of 2018. Starting January 1, 2018, annual membership dues will increase to $99 – a fee similar to other similar sized individual membership associations. NOTE: If you became a member or renewed your membership when you registered for the 2017 annual conference, you will automatically be a member through 2018. Renew or join now! Take advantage of these savings now and begin receiving the following benefits of membership:

  • Discounts for IAHQ annual conference, new webinars and in-person gatherings
  • Monthly IAHQ News, as well as e-Blasts for special offers and opportunities
  • Networking at live events and in the IAHQ LinkedIn discussion forum
  • Recognition among your peers for excellence in QI initiatives
  • Shared resources and awareness of additional QI resources
  • Access to a network of your QI peers in Illinois
  • Job postings in IAHQ News
  • Access to performance improvement resources and discounts from PCPI ( www.thepcpi.org ) – an IAHQ exclusive you cannot receive from any other state or national quality organization.
Upcoming PCPI Webinars

As part of your membership in IAHQ, you have access to a variety of free services from PCPI, including webinars. There are two coming up in which you may be interested:

Delivering Value and Quality in Volume
October 11, 2017, 12 pm CT
As the U.S. healthcare system shifts to more value-based care, health care providers and professionals need to be prepared to make major changes in the way they structure, organize and provide care. Orthopedics, specifically joint replacement was one of the first conditions targeted by the new “bundling” approach implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2016. In this 60-minute webinar, you will hear from Anthony M. DiGioia, MD, from the Bone and Joint Center at Magee-Women’s Hospital of UPMC, about how he and colleagues prepared for this major change and what their experience has been so far. As CMS moves to expand value-based care and bundling programs to other specialties, these lessons will be invaluable. Dr. DiGioia will also discuss his soon-to-be released book, The Patient-Centered Value System: Transforming Healthcare Through Co-Design.
Please Register here.

October 19, 2017, 12:00 pm CT – 1:00 pm CT

Register for an overview of the “Measuring What Matters” initiative, which will serve as a precursor to the PCPI’s fall meeting panel session on meaningful measurement during which various groups will describe how they have determined what matters to their constituency and how they are going about addressing those gaps in quality measurement.

Speakers include:

  • Katherine Ast, MSW, LCSW, Director, Quality and Research, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
  • Arif Kamal, MD, MBA, MHS, FACP, FAAHPM, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Business Administration, Duke University
  • Lisa Lindley, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, The University of Tennessee
  • Marianne Matzo, PhD APRN-CNP FPCN FAAN, Director of Research, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)

A moderated Q&A and discussion period will follow. 

New PCPI Leading Practices Webinar: QI Lessons from the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative: November 28 at 1 pm ET/12 pm CT/10 am PT, featuring David Lagrew, MD, Executive Director Women’s Services, St. Joseph HOAG Health. Register now!

PCPI Fall Conference

PCPI will be holding it’s 2017 Fall Conference from October 24-26 in Rosemont, and IAHQ qualify for the member discount and attend advisory committee meetings. The conference brings together leaders from performance measurement, clinical registries, and quality improvement to share ideas, network, and collaborate on innovative solutions to improving health outcomes. Keynote speakers include: Glenn Steele Jr., MD, PhD, Chairman, xG Solutions and former CEO of Geisinger Health System; John Mattison, Assistant Medical Director and Chief Medical Information Officer at Kaiser Permanente; and John Toussaint, MD, CEO at Catalysis and formerly CEO of ThedaCare, and Shingo Prize-winning author of Potent Medicine the Collaborative Cure for Healthcare. There will also be a special breakout session on how North Shore Physician Group (Massachusetts) improved flow, physician satisfaction and patient safety by using the Virginia Mason Production System. For more information about the 2017 Fall Conference, use the link provided.
IAHQ's LinkedIn Group Is Now an Open Forum
In support of IAHQ’s goal to serve as the professional community for quality improvement professionals across the healthcare continuum in Illinois, the IAHQ LinkedIn Group discussion forum will be an open community, although IAHQ membership is strongly encouraged. A few ground rules and expectations apply:
1)     Questions and sharing of lessons is strongly encouraged; solicitation of products or services is NOT (IAHQ has a zero-tolerance policy for solicitation – you will be blocked in the future).
2)     If you have a free, non-commercial offering such as a tool or tool kit, webinar or briefing that has valuable lessons for the IAHQ community, please feel free to share. If you are unsure, send an email to:  i IAHQ.net@gmail.com
3)     Civil interaction is expected. Respect is the basis for all improvement work. If you are unclear what this means, think back to what your parents taught you. This includes: NO YELLING in your electronic communications.
4)     Have fun and make new professional friends! 
Celebrate Healthcare Quality Week - October 15-21; Share Your Stories!
Please celebrate Healthcare Quality Week (HQW), October 15-21, to recognize the contributions you, your healthcare quality team, and your organization make to improve quality and patient safety in Illinois for all our residents – friends, families and visitors. Please share (include photos) what you’re doing in the IAHQ LinkedIn Group Forum or send an email to info@iahq.net so we may feature in future IAHQ News. Visit the NAHQ website to download complimentary resources such as a press release template, poster, and sample posts. You may also order HQW items for giveaways and prizes from NAHQ.
Get Involved with with IAHQ: Shape the Future of Quality Across the Healthcare Continuum in Illinois
There has never been a more exciting time to work in health care quality. Quality professionals like you have and will have an enormous impact on the quality and safety of health care services that customers receive. That includes our friends and families in the communities where we live and serve. If you feel that IAHQ could help you be a quality professional or if you have an idea to help your peers, please say so. If you just want to roll up your sleeves and get involved, IAHQ has several volunteer member opportunities right now. To share an idea or volunteer, please send an email to: IAHQ.net@gmail.com

Opportunities include:

  • Participate in developing/drafting membership survey
  • Reviewing survey results
  • Identify and connect to individual potential members
  • Develop and define organizational membership category and benefits

Annual Conference and Programming
  • Defining conference and webinar topics and formats
  • Identifying and working with potential presenters; securing presentation and speaker info
  • Identifying potential venues for additional in-person events
  • Securing CPHQ CE credit

  • Define sponsorship opportunities and sponsor benefits
  • Identify potential sponsors
  • Conduct outreach to potential sponsors

Marketing Communications
  • Build and expand upon monthly newsletter
  • Identify and share new and valuable resources for members
  • Write newsletter articles to increase shared learning
  • Solicit member QI stories to be shared in member communications

Website and Social Media
  • Participate in planning member value of new website
  • Participate in identifying content for website and LinkedIn Community
  • Contribute or write articles or announcements for website and IAHQ News

Deadline Approaching! Eisenberg Safety and Quality Award: October 30
Apply for the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award by October 30. The award recognizes major achievements by individuals and organizations to improve patient safety and healthcare quality. Each year, the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the Joint Commission recognize the best examples of individual, local, and national efforts to improve patient safety and healthcare quality through the prestigious Eisenberg Awards. These awards bring the quality community together to honor groundbreaking initiatives that are consistent with the aims of the National Quality Strategy: better care, healthy people and communities, and smarter spending. Submission are open through October 30, 2017. Awards will be presented during NQF's 2018 Annual Conference, March 12-13, 2018, in Washington DC.
New Resource From the Joint Commission
Pioneers in Quality (PIQ) is a Joint Commission program to assist hospitals on their journey towards electronic clinical quality measure adoption that includes educational programs (e.g., webinars for CEUs), a resource portal, recognition categories, an advisory council, a modified annual report, speaker’s bureau outreach, a peer – to – peer solution exchange, as well as having a strong focus on partnering with hospitals to provide the highest level of quality care for patients and their families.

If you have a free resource or event that would assist IAHQ members in their QI or patient safety efforts, please let us know.
Career Center
IAHQ will post available jobs in QI and patient safety as a service to our members. If you have a job you would like posted, email: IAHQ.net@gmail.com

Coordinator Quality Resources, Mercy Health, Rockford, IL

Facilitates accomplishment of health system quality goals and implementation of quality improvement in operations, serving as an internal expert and consultant of performance improvement and measurement.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Public health, Healthcare Administration or other related field from an accredited university.
  • Three or more years of experience in a healthcare setting with a preference of 2 or more years of experience in quality/performance improvement, healthcare database management and coding systems.
  • A working knowledge of Joint Commission IOP and Patient Safety Standards and survey process.

Performance Improvement Project Consultant, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

The Performance Improvement Consultant serves as a subject knowledge expert to those engaged in quality improvement work at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. As an internal consultant for all levels of the hospital, the Performance Improvement consultant establishes strong working relationships with interdisciplinary members of the health care team including the medical staff, nursing and other operational areas, administration, and support services by directing and coaching to successful achievement of identified goals. The Performance Improvement Consultant works closely with Senior Leadership as the lead facilitator in improvement activities that are strategically aligned with organizational goals. He/she plans and manages the corporate-level performance improvement projects, applies performance improvement science, and is responsible for oversight of data collection, data management, and data analysis, as well as for planning the operational implementation of selected solutions and control plans. Leading by example, he or she acts as a change agent who spreads the mindset of continuous improvement and systematically drives and implements improvement throughout the organization. 

For more information: Apply here

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera....
If you have questions about IAHQ, want to get involved or have items to be included in the next IAHQ News, please send an email to : IAHQ.net@gmail.com
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