Practice-Based Quality Improvement

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“Quality improvement is the combined and unceasing efforts of everyone – healthcare professionals, patients and their families, researchers, payers, planners and educators – to make changes that will lead to better patient outcomes (health), better system performance (care) and better processional development (learning).”

Batalden et al 2007

One of our objectives is to prepare the primary care workforce to address geriatric conditions as part of their practice. As such, we will engage 2 – 4 primary care practices annually to take on geriatrics focused quality improvement projects. We will provide technical assistance and coordinate quarterly Learning Collaborative meetings to bring about practice change.

Timely Support

Improving the quality and value of health care of older adults in your clinical practice.

Innovative Ideas

Learn how to support change in your clinic through collaborative learning and achieve breakthrough improvement.

Advanced Technology

Attend educational didactics using state-of-the-art video conferencing technology.

Learning Collaborative

Project leads and teams participate in quarterly meetings to help carry out their activities and achieve their aims.

Our Quality Improvement Partners:

John Vassall, MD

John Vassall, MD is Physician Executive for Quality and Safety Initiatives at Qualis Health in Seattle. He provides strategic leadership, clinical insight, and technical expertise to help drive Qualis Health’s diverse patient safety and quality improvement activities.  In a career that spans more than three decades, Dr. Vassall has held many prestigious roles, including Chief Medical Officer at Swedish Health Services. He is a member or trustee of several respected groups, such as American Hospital Association’s Institute for Diversity and Health Equity, Washington State Medical Association Foundation for Health Care Improvement, and member of the University of Washington School of Public Health’s Master of Health Administration Advisory Committee to name a few.

Tracy Deskin, RN, MSN, CHC

Tracy Deskin is a Quality Improvement Consultant at Qualis Health.  Ms. Deskin is a masters prepared registered nurse certified in Healthcare Compliance with a diverse healthcare background with experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Ms. Deskin is experienced in a broad spectrum of healthcare environments that include hospitals, hospice, long-term acute care, home health, and community health. She is a skilled project manager with deep knowledge of quality improvement, accreditation,  patient safety, regulatory compliance and risk management.

Our Quality Improvement Resources

Quality Improvement Webinar Series

4/29/16 – Quality Improvement Basics: Watch One, Do One, Teach One, Sharon Eloranta, MD

5/6/16 – Quality Improvement Basics: Process Improvement, Sharon Eloranta, MD

5/20/16 – Quality Improvement Basics: “Software” Issues, Human Factors, Patient-Centered Care, Sharon Eloranta, MD

Our Funded QI Projects

Online problem-solving intervention for behaviors in dementia

Yu Teng, MD
Providence St. Peter Hospital Family Medicine Residency
Olympia, WA

Improving access to behavioral health of caregivers of frail elders

Carrie Rubenstein, MD
Swedish Family Medicine Residency – First Hill
Seattle, WA

Reduce the Use of High Risk Medicines

Adriana Linares, MD
Family Medicine of Southwest Washington Residency
Vancouver, WA
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Group Medical Visit Model for the Medicare Annual Wellness Visits

Micahlyn Powers, MD
Central Washington Family Medicine
Community Health of Central Washington
Ellensburg, WA

Interested? Get In Touch.

If you are interested in conducting a Geriatrics Quality Improvement Project, send us a note and we will get back to you as soon as we can!