Pictured: Michigan Department of Community Health Director James Haveman, Portage Health Registered Nurse Kelly Aho, Portage Health Quality Manager Shannon Lahnala Bleau and MPRO CEO Robert Yellan
Portage Health is pleased to announce it has received MPRO’s 2014 Governor’s Award of Excellence for outstanding achievement in the Prevention Learning and Action Network. To receive this honor, Portage Health improved rates of breast cancer screenings. Portage Health also used electronic health records to effectively implement care management and patient self-management interventions.
“This award demonstrates Michigan’s deep commitment to providing high quality, safe and efficient health care,” said Snyder. “By using proven, evidence-based practices, these organizations are making sure individuals get the right care at the right time.”
This year, 188 Michigan hospitals, physician practices, nursing homes and community coalitions were honored with the award, which recognizes participants for their dedication to improve health care quality and patient safety in Michigan. To be eligible for the award, participating organizations must have achieved, maintained and continually improved in specific and rigorous milestones.
“We’re very fortunate to be able to partner with Portage Health and other dedicated organizations across the state of Michigan,” said MPRO President and Chief Executive Officer Robert Yellan, MPH, J.D, FACHE. “To be able to recognize these accomplishments with the Governor’s office underscores the importance of these efforts to improve health care quality in the state.”
The Governor’s Award of Excellence was developed in 2003. The current award is based upon work from 2012-2014 in the following areas:
- Reducing health care associated infections
- Reducing health care acquired conditions in nursing homes
- Reducing adverse drug events
- Integrating care for populations and communities through improving care transitions and coordination
- Improving preventive care and early diagnosis through immunizations and screening
- Improving clinical quality measures associated with improving cardiac health
- Improving clinical quality measures among acute care and critical access hospitals
- Reducing disparities of care in cardiac health
The award criteria are based on the National Quality Strategy, Partnership for Patients and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organizations’ 10th Statement of Work. The preventive care metrics also align with the Governor’s Healthy Michigan 4X4 plan.
Award recipients were honored May 9, 2014 at the Eagle Eye Golf Course in Bath Township, MI.
For more information about the Governor’s Award of Excellence, including a list of winners, go to http://bit.ly/OCbcRD.
MPRO is an independent nonprofit and a national leader in health care quality improvement and medical review. MPRO serves as the federally designated Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Michigan under contract with the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). MPRO also provides consultative services, medical and utilization review, data analysis and health information technology education and technical assistance to federal agencies, state Medicaid and public health agencies, health care facilities, private health plans and other third party payers. For more information, visit http://mpro.org.