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Southeastern Ohio Regional QI Hub

The Diabetes Institute and Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM) are partnering with regional healthcare providers to implement quality improvement projects focused on improving HbA1c in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Our goal is to improve diabetes outcomes for people in Southeastern Ohio, where one in five adults are living with diabetes. 

 

Dr. Healy talks to patient

Background

The Southeastern Ohio Regional Quality Improvement Hub is funded by the Ohio Department of Medicaid and administered by the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center in partnership with OUCHOM and Ohio's other Colleges of Medicine. The project aims to promote population health for Ohio's Medicaid population by leveraging cross-sectoral partnerships. We aim to support healthcare systems in improving performance, demonstrating value, and reducing health disparities. 

 

 

Information for Clinical Partners

The Quality Improvement (QI) team based at OUHCOM acts as a hub supporting healthcare clinics (spokes) with implementing diabetes-focused quality improvement projects and clinical best-practice changes to improve diabetes among their patient populations. Participating practices complete the following:

  • Establish a point person at each site to work closely with the OUHCOM Hub and attend regular action period calls, to share best practices, address barriers, and interact with peers.
  • Engage in QI coaching opportunities.
  • Utilize QI science to test and adapt interventions.
  • Upload specific data elements from the Electronic Health Record.

Benefits to participating practices include:

  • Improved outcomes for patients.
  • Support to adopt and disseminate clinical evidence-based practices.
  • Practices are eligible to receive a monetary stipend to support data reporting and testing, implementation, and spread of clinical best practices.
  • Access to technical support to leverage EHR data for improvement efforts.
  • Training and engagement of frontline staff in delivering evidence-based clinical best practices.
  • Strengthening relationships with regional partners, state health and human service agencies, and Ohio's Medicaid Managed Care Plans. 

Providers interested in participating can download our flyer

Quality Improvement Resources

QI Toolkit

This toolkit is to introduce specific clinical and quality improvement concepts, practices, tools, and methods to work together in learning and performing best-evidence practices related to diabetes. Clinical leads, QI leads, QI coaches and trainers may use the toolkit with their teams as a guide and reference source for initiating the early steps to improvement with clinical sites.

Resources for Partners

Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGMs) - Resources

How to Order a CGM in Epic
Video: What Patients in Southeast Ohio think of CGM
Handout: How to Order a CGM in Epic
Handout: Benefits of CGM
Handout: Benefits of CGM (Patient-facing)

Health Equity Resources

Handout: Screening for Social Drivers of Health
Handout: Community Resources (Athens)