Volume 1 | August 3, 2017

New QI Resources and Opportunities for Professional Development and Engagement 

IAHQ News is a periodic 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.

Upcoming Events

Free August 17 Webinar from Virginia Mason Institute: Health Care Facility Design and Flow — Benefits to Quality and Revenue

Please Register here.


Still time to Register! How to Help Hospitals Get Buy-in for PFE at the Governance Level (PFE Metric 5) Patient and Family Engagement Monthly Webinar from Partnership for Patients

August 8, 1:00 to 2:00 CT 


This event will discuss the intent of PFE Metric 5 – one or more patient representatives serving on the hospital Board of Directors – and provide guidance on how hospitals can achieve PFE Metric 5. More specifically, it will provide guidance on how to help hospitals navigate barriers, including concerns about transparency and confidentiality, to meaningfully engage patients and families at the governance level. This event will highlight approaches to gain buy-in for a patient representative on a Board of Directors and how to successfully prepare patient representatives and current Board members for this level of partnership. The learning event will be chaired by Dr. Thomas Workman, the PFEC Senior Technical Advisor. He will be joined by Derek Drake, Chief Nursing Officer, St. Francis Medical Center and two patient and family advisors, Mary Lynne Knight and Alice Gunderson, at St. Francis Medical Center. The event will include ample time for Q&A – if you have specific questions or topics you would like addressed, please send them in advance of the event to PFE@air.org.


Advance Registration is Required: To register, please click on the following link and follow the instructions on the registration page. To submit questions in advance of the webinar, please email them to PFE@air.org.

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:

Creating a ‘Just Culture’ to Drive Accountability and Improve Care

September 14, 2017, 12 pm CT

True quality improvement and patient safety requires moving from a culture of blame to understanding the impact and interplay of key components of our organizations systems – why did this happen? vs. who messed up? ‘Just Culture’ is an approach that helps us understand different levels of human accountability when errors do occur and what the appropriate response should be when somethings go wrong. Just Culture encourages the creation of an environment of free and open error reporting to understand root causes and help prevent recurrence. This helps to build a culture, which encourages coaching and honesty at all levels, in order to bring about the best possible outcomes. In this 60-minute webinar, you will hear from David A. Marx, JD, CEO of Outcome Engenuity, recognized as the father of Just Culture, and Stephen G. Jones, Medical Director for Safety, Yale New Haven Health System, where a Just Culture approach has implemented. Please Register here.

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.


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.

Join the IAHQ LinkedIn Member-only Group

If you are an IAHQ member or join IAHQ, you can participate in the member-only LinkedIn Member Group to share your QI knowledge and query peers about their work statewide. You’ll also receive regular updates about upcoming events, webinars, conferences, and other resources. To join the conversation or request to participate, visit: IAHQ LinkedIn

IAHQ Website Remodeling

The IAHQ board is exploring the replacement of the existing website with a more current and interactive site. Stay tuned for more information and a potential launch date later this year. Meanwhile look for announcements about upcoming events and resources in your email and in the LinkedIn Member Group.

Volunteering with IAHQ
If you are looking for an opportunity to connect with your colleagues around the state, help with programming and organizing upcoming webinars, periodic meet-ups, and the annual conference; marketing and communications; have a QI resource or article you want to share; or have other suggestions on how IAHQ may serve its members and potential members, email:  IAHQ.net@gmail.com
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