Vol. 2021, No. 2

Physicians Working Together to Advance Quality Medical Care for the Rogue Valley

This is the premise behind AHN Clinical Quality Initiatives (CQIs) – bringing physicians and other healthcare professionals together to develop evidence-based standards of care. These standards advance our mission to enhance the value of services delivered to our communities through our partners by providing better care and better health at a lower cost.


What are Clinical Quality Initiatives?

CQIs are at the heart of AHN’s work. They occur when a multi-disciplinary team of AHN physicians come together under the purview of AHN’s Quality Committee to develop a clinical pathway or standard of care that focuses on quality improvement. Upon approval by the AHN Board of Managers, these pathways and standards are disseminated throughout the network and utilized by our providers. Thus, CQIs play a key role in bringing the best medical care to our community.


How are CQIs Being Utilized by AHN?

Over the past two months, AHN completed three CQIs which are now being used to streamline and enhance how we care for our patients: 1) back pain care pathway, 2) celiac disease laboratory test protocol, and 3) complete blood count laboratory test protocol.  Here’s some detail on the Back Pain CQI:

Back Pain Care Pathway – Low back pain is a common condition.  It’s also an area where we see wide variation in treatment.  Fortunately, there is a substantial body of medical literature on care standards that avoid unnecessary and ineffective treatment and achieve good outcomes. AHN’s Back Pain CQI focused on standardizing a pathway for the diagnosis and treatment of patients presenting with low-back pain symptoms. Patients are already benefiting from this evidenced-based approach to care.


Want more information on Asante Health Network CQIs?

Please contact Mr. Cory Maukonen, program manager of AHN clinical integration. Cory can be reached at (541) 708-1159.  You can also find information on the CQI page of our website.


Do you have an idea for a CQI?

We would love to hear from you. Please contact the Quality Committee or Cory Maukonen on the CQI team.

In our next edition of Network News, we’ll talk about the future of CQIs and how participation in a CQI allows AHN providers to earn “quality points,” which are an important part of how AHN distributes shared savings earned under its value-based payer contracts.