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NAHQ NEXT - The Leading Conference for the Healthcare Quality Profession

NAHQ NEXT - The Leading Conference for the Healthcare Quality Profession

As healthcare quality professionals, we look for opportunities to improve our projects, processes, and organizations. Making improvements also applies to our own professional development, and NAHQ can help. 

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National Healthcare Quality Summit – A Milestone Event for NAHQ

National Healthcare Quality Summit – A Milestone Event for NAHQ

Earlier this month, NAHQ hosted the National Healthcare Quality Summit, shifting the healthcare discussion from focusing on challenges to solutions. Nearly 400 attendees joined us in Chicago and virtually for this break-through, two-day event.

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Developing Leaders in Quality and Safety

Developing Leaders in Quality and Safety

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Ellen Guarnieri, RN MHSA CPHQ FACHE, has been a valued faculty member at Jefferson College of Population Health (JCPH) for 10 years. Ms. Guarnieri has held the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) designation for more than 20 years. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to patient-centered quality health care. “We need to understand the patient, who they are and what they need.”

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NAHQ Issues New Report on Healthcare Quality Workforce

NAHQ Issues New Report on Healthcare Quality Workforce

CHICAGO, May 2, 2019 – The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) released a report on Thursday, May 2, 2019, which is the result of a multi-year effort, involving hundreds of healthcare quality professionals, healthcare executives, and academics, to create and validate a new industry-standard Framework for Healthcare Quality Competencies. The Framework outlines competencies needed by healthcare organizations to meet new healthcare goals. 

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Spring — A Time for Growth

Spring — A Time for Growth

There is something about Spring time, that puts a spring in your step and a renewed energy to grow. NAHQ is always developing new resources for healthcare quality professionals and this Spring, we will be showcasing that effort.

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All Roads Lead to the Quality Workforce

All Roads Lead to the Quality Workforce

There is no shortage of literature and opinions about healthcare’s challenges. However, there is less discussion about foundational solutions that will contribute to enduring improvement across the continuum of care for the long-term. We hear more and more success stories about good people doing good work and, as a result, we are seeing pockets of excellence emerge. That said, it’s time to take a bold step that will give more organizations the chance at excellence, by hardwiring training on healthcare quality competencies into their workforces.

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Why CPHQs Are Changing Healthcare

Why CPHQs Are Changing Healthcare

Newly legislated requirements for utilization review in hospitals inspired NAHQ’s launch in 1976 and began its efforts to provide the best knowledge and preparation for healthcare quality professionals to grow and succeed in their careers. Now, more than 40 years later, NAHQ is here, stronger than ever, to partner with both professionals and organizations as they work toward achieving healthcare quality goals.

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NAHQ Appoints New Board Members

NAHQ Appoints New Board Members

National Association for Healthcare Quality Appoints New Board Members

Sandra Jones becomes President, Carole Guinane appointed President-Elect, Dr. Michael R. Friedman and Eric Witte Directors-at-Large, Dr. Nidia Williams Competencies Commission Chair, and Patricia Resnik Education Commission Chair

CHICAGO, February 18, 2019 – The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) announces the appointment of Sandra Jones, Texoma Medical Center, as its 2019 president and five new members to its 2019 Board of Directors. Carole Guinane, Vice President, System Orthopedics, Sentara Healthcare has been appointed president-elect for 2020. Dr. Michael Friedman, Hospital of Special Surgery, and Eric Witte, Kindred Healthcare, have been appointed as directors-at-large. Dr. Nidia Williams, Lifespan, and Patricia Resnik, Christiana Care Health System, have been appointed as commission chairs.

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NAHQ — Your Professional Advocate

NAHQ — Your Professional Advocate

It’s no secret that the healthcare industry continues to evolve on the path to value. Change is coming from all directions and it is challenging healthcare professionals across the continuum of care to adapt in their roles. This transformative time presents an opportunity for our profession. Quality, with its potential to improve both patient and financial outcomes, is a key driver of healthcare value. We, as healthcare quality professionals, are the experts, and well poised to take a lead in this transformation.

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Northwestern Graduate Student Leads System-wide Efforts in Quality and Safety

Northwestern Graduate Student Leads System-wide Efforts in Quality and Safety

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As the Vice President of Medical Affairs and former Executive Director of the Residency Program and Designated Institutional Officer at Memorial Hospital of South Bend, IN, Dale A. Patterson, MD, is hardly a stranger to leadership roles. However, as a graduate student in Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Healthcare Quality and Patient Safety and NAHQ member, Patterson’s education and membership have enhanced his role as a leader and educator in quality and safety at Memorial Hospital. 

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NAHQ Survey Offers Look at How Industry Trains and Educates on Quality

NAHQ Survey Offers Look at How Industry Trains and Educates on Quality

As the U.S. Healthcare Industry Aims to Improve Patient and Financial Outcomes on the Road to Value, a New NAHQ Survey Offers a Look at How the Industry Trains and Educates on Quality

Healthcare Executives Will Gather at Upcoming Summit  to Address Healthcare Quality

CHICAGO, February 5, 2019 — 

In a fresh look at healthcare quality in the United States from the eyes of the nation’s healthcare quality professionals, is a view of healthcare organizations’ training and development of their employees’ capabilities in delivering quality healthcare.

In its inaugural survey of healthcare quality, NAHQ asked healthcare quality professionals which employees in their organization receive training and education on quality.

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January Message from NAHQ Leadership

January Message from NAHQ Leadership

As I begin my role as NAHQ President, I want to share my excitement about the opportunity to advance our profession and to establish the critical importance of your role in a quickly changing healthcare environment that requires our knowledge and leadership. I am committed to continuing the great work of NAHQ in providing leading-edge training and certification for quality professionals. I am empowered by NAHQ’s efforts to position healthcare quality and its professionals as leaders in this new era of healthcare – one that demands the demonstration of improved patient and financial outcomes to meet new goals for value in healthcare. Quality lies at the center of this transformation. As the knowledgeable and prepared stewards of quality, we have become even more vital in leading our organizations amid this change.

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UAB’s Online Master’s Program Provides Skills for Solving Complex Healthcare Challenges

UAB’s Online Master’s Program Provides Skills for Solving Complex Healthcare Challenges

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham has partnered with NAHQ to make the MS in Healthcare Quality and Safety degree a great fit for the working professionals’ life. The 36 credit-hour program includes a capstone project where students tackle a problem specific to their organization. Students acquire skills to lead healthcare quality improvement strategies and teams.

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December Message from NAHQ Leadership

December Message from NAHQ Leadership

2018 — A Milestone Year

What a year it has been! Last year at this time NAHQ was embarking on a major change initiative and making a significant investment in the association to better serve you, our community of healthcare quality professionals. We recognized new challenges ahead for the quality workforce driven by a rapidly evolving healthcare industry. We moved quickly to reinvent how NAHQ could help you and your organizations succeed within this environment.

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November Message from NAHQ Leadership

November Message from NAHQ Leadership

What a Great Conference! 

It’s been a little more than a week since returning from an amazing NAHQ Next in Minneapolis. What an incredible three days of networking, professional development, and camaraderie. We estimate that more than 3,000 healthcare quality professionals participated on site and virtually, making it the most successful conference in NAHQ’s history! We had a record 54 poster presentations and 70+ breakout sessions, indicating the increased research taking place in our growing profession. 

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October Message from NAHQ Leadership

October Message from NAHQ Leadership

Celebrating the Healthcare Quality Profession 

Over the next few weeks, healthcare quality professionals will come together to celebrate, share, learn and network during Healthcare Quality Week and at NAHQ Next in Minneapolis, November 5-7. NAHQ is dedicated to advancing healthcare quality and through these events, we’ll showcase your role as a healthcare quality professional and help you advance as a leader. What you do is special. You make a difference. And NAHQ strives to create awareness of your important work. 

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Conference Puts Quality Workforce at the Forefront of Healthcare Performance Improvement

Conference Puts Quality Workforce at the Forefront of Healthcare Performance Improvement

Healthcare quality professionals gather to advance their workforces’ impact on new performance expectations of value-based care

CHICAGO, September 19, 2018 (Business Wire) — This year’s NAHQ Next conference will prepare healthcare quality professionals to drive performance improvement amid the increasing focus on value-based care. Registration is open for this leading conference, hosted by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), which is dedicated to the advancement of healthcare quality and patient safety. Individuals who join NAHQ, as well as register for NAHQ Next before October 8, will save up to $800. NAHQ Next is November 5-7, 2018, in Minneapolis, MN.

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September Message from NAHQ Leadership

September Message from NAHQ Leadership

Healthcare Quality Week is Around the Corner!

I believe we should celebrate each other and our profession every day. Also, I know how overwhelming schedules can be. That’s why I’m glad that we can dedicate an entire week to bring greater recognition to the work we do and the value we provide to our organizations around the country and the world! 

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2019 Slate for Board of Directors

2019 Slate for Board of Directors

In keeping with NAHQ’s bylaws, a slate for the 2019 Board Nominations has been determined by the Nominations Committee. 

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HQPs: A Stablizing Force in a Changing Environment

HQPs: A Stablizing Force in a Changing Environment

Healthcare quality professionals can position themselves as a stabilizing force in a rapidly changing care environment. Certain healthcare trends will provide quality professionals with the opportunity to deepen their impact on their organizations. NAHQ Next general session speakers David Nash, MD MBA, founding dean of Jefferson College of Population Health, and Stephanie Mercado, CAE, CEO and executive director of NAHQ, will share their insights on how healthcare quality professionals can take the lead in achieving their organization’s quality goals. In advance of NAHQ Next, they provide a glimpse of their general session in this brief Q&A.

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August Message from NAHQ Leadership

August Message from NAHQ Leadership

Hallmarks of a profession are a sense of community and knowing you have a professional home to turn to for guidance, tools, and resources. 

NAHQ is the professional home and community for the healthcare quality profession. Over the years, NAHQ has earned the reputation of being an industry leader. In many ways that is thanks to you, the healthcare quality professional, and the important work you do every day. 

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July Message from NAHQ Leadership

July Message from NAHQ Leadership

While I believe we should celebrate each other and our profession every day, it is great to have a dedicated time of year to recognize our contributions to healthcare quality. Healthcare Quality Week is the perfect opportunity to do that, and it is just a few months away: October 21-27. 

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NAHQ Joins IHI National Steering Committee for Patient Safety

NAHQ Joins IHI National Steering Committee for Patient Safety

Recently at the invitation of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), NAHQ joined more than 20 other organizations from the healthcare, policy, regulatory, and advocacy communities to bring renewed energy and focus toward developing a national strategy for patient safety. Together, these organizations make up the National Steering Committee for Patient Safety.  

NAHQ CEO and Executive Director Stephanie Mercado, CAE, shared her thoughts on NAHQ’s participation in this important work.

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June Message from NAHQ Leadership

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Imagine being in a room with hundreds of people who understand you simply because you speak the same language and you share the same experiences. Your face may not be recognizable, your name not known, but they “get” you. Every time I attend a NAHQ conference, I am continually overwhelmed by the sense of camaraderie and community. 

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May Message from NAHQ Leadership

May Message from NAHQ Leadership

Thirty-five years ago, our first certification exam was administered. Today, the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality® (CPHQ) credential has become the gold standard and a certification that has stood the test of time. You’ll find nearly 11,000 active CPHQs around the world. And, the momentum is strong. In fact, the CPHQ has experienced 50% growth in the last four years. 

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CPHQ Recognized for Master’s Level Credit

CPHQ Recognized for Master’s Level Credit

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As the healthcare system moves towards value and reimbursement models linked to quality, there is an increased focus on patient safety and quality of care and the overall need for system redesign. The Jefferson College of Population Health has developed two programs to help healthcare leaders confront these new challenges.

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April Message from NAHQ Leadership

April Message from NAHQ Leadership

When I think about conferences, the one that is consistently at the top of my list is NAHQ Next. It is THE conference for healthcare quality professionals no matter where you are currently positioned in your organization

This year, the healthcare quality profession will convene at NAHQ Next in Minneapolis, November 5-7.

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NAHQ’s Tremendous Growth Drives Monumental Transformation

NAHQ’s Tremendous Growth Drives Monumental Transformation

Organization becomes stand-alone in less than five months 

CHICAGO, April 6, 2018 – The rapid growth of the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) placed its transformation from a shared management model to a stand-alone association on an accelerated timeline. A process that typically requires 18-24 months, NAHQ accomplished in less than five months. 

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Taking the Lead in Quality and Patient Safety

Taking the Lead in Quality and Patient Safety

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Learn why it was important for Immediate Past President Nancy Curdy to obtain an advanced degree in this area.

Healthcare quality professionals not only look for ways to improve outcomes in their organizations, they seek to grow and improve their own competencies or skills. Obtaining an advanced degree is one way for healthcare quality professionals to expand their knowledge and skills, and NAHQ’s recent academic partnerships make the goal more accessible and affordable. Not only are these programs recognizing the CPHQ for master’s credit, they are also giving tuition discounts for NAHQ members.

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March Message from NAHQ Leadership

March Message from NAHQ Leadership

Three months into 2018, and there are signs (literally and figuratively) of NAHQ being on the move. Just last week, the beautiful sign you see in the photo was installed and represents the final touch at NAHQ’s new headquarters.

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February Message from NAHQ Leadership

February Message from NAHQ Leadership

NAHQ is on a fantastic journey, and I am so excited about the greater recognition this will bring to our profession. And, NAHQ continues to make process improvements with you in mind.  

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National Association for Healthcare Quality Elects New Leaders

National Association for Healthcare Quality Elects New Leaders

Sandra Jones installed as President-Elect, Marian Savage as Secretary/Treasurer, Cheri Graham-Clark and Maria Shirey as Directors-at-Large on the 2018 NAHQ Board.

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Thank you CPHQs!

Thank you CPHQs!

You worked hard to maintain the credibility gained through the CPHQ and we appreciate your continued commitment to the profession of healthcare quality!

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January Message from NAHQ Leadership

January Message from NAHQ Leadership

A new year represents new opportunities to better ourselves as healthcare quality professionals and for our organizations to improve healthcare quality for those we serve. It’s no different for NAHQ, which looks for ways to improve the profession and thus the organization. 

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IHI/NPSF Offers Recommendations for Closing the Loop on Referrals

IHI/NPSF Offers Recommendations for Closing the Loop on Referrals

More than 100 million specialist referrals are requested in the US each year in ambulatory settings, yet only half of these are completed. Among those that are incomplete, there are multiple process errors, including missing information and communication failure. Such breakdowns in the referral process can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment.

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December Message from NAHQ Leadership

December Message from NAHQ Leadership

What a wonderful time of year! A time to reflect personally and professionally. I hope each of you will do so, as well. Find time to relax and enjoy the warmth of relationships made, your family and friends, and the new skills and learnings obtained along the way. Perhaps think about growth or a new career move you anticipate in the coming year. Working in healthcare, we see and experience change every day. Make it a goal to take advantage of opportunities brought about by these changes.   

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November Message from Leadership

November Message from Leadership

2017 has been a spectacular year! It’s hard to believe it’s nearly over.

At my facility, one of my responsibilities includes mapping out the training path for my healthcare quality & safety team. I know many of you are in the same position. If you’re in a managerial role or looking for professional development opportunities that will help you further advance your career, remember that NAHQ is here as your professional home.

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NAHQ Recognizes Outstanding Healthcare Quality Professionals with 2017 Awards

NAHQ Recognizes Outstanding Healthcare Quality Professionals with 2017 Awards

Ten Individuals Earn Top Honors for Their Contributions to the Field

Cincinnati, OH, September 20, 2017 - Ten individuals earned top honors Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) during NAHQ Next, its annual conference. President Nancy Curdy, MSN MS-HQPS RN CPHQ CPPS, presented the awards, acknowledging the time and effort these individuals have invested in the healthcare quality profession.

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NAHQ’s New Headquarters

NAHQ’s New Headquarters

We’re excited to let you know that as of December 1, 2017, NAHQ has a new headquarters. While we’re moving to a new location (still in Chicago), our phone number, fax number, and e-mail remain the same so you receive uninterrupted service when you contact NAHQ.

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October Message from Leadership

October Message from Leadership

October Message from Leadership

What an incredible time we had at NAHQ Next last month! Nearly 1,300 attendees joined us in person and virtually. The sessions were outstanding. Some were standing room only. We didn’t anticipate the levels of interest for some of the sessions and have noted that for next year.

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Celebrating Healthcare Quality Week

Celebrating Healthcare Quality Week

Healthcare quality professionals serve in important roles within organizations. While their work is critical for improving outcomes, increasing efficiencies, and reducing costs, healthcare quality professionals go unnoticed because they often work behind the scenes. The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) is leading efforts to bring great recognition for the impactful contributions these professionals make across the country and the world. Healthcare Quality Week (HQW) is designed to celebrate healthcare quality professionals and to show appreciation for their good work. This year, the week takes place October 15-21.

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September Message from Leadership

September Message from Leadership

September Message from Leadership

In just a few days, more than 800 of us will convene in Cincinnati for NAHQ Next and about 500 will be joining virtually! I’m excited to be among our healthcare quality community where we can catch up with colleagues and make new connections, all while fulfilling our commitment to lifelong learning.

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Helping Communities Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Helping Communities Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Our thoughts are with those who continue to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and those impacted by Hurricane Irma. NAHQ has donated to the American Red Cross to support those experiencing these devastating events.

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2018 Slate for Board of Directors

2018 Slate for Board of Directors

Ballot open from September 27 to October 11, 2017

In keeping with NAHQ’s bylaws, a slate for the 2018 Board Nominations has been determined by the Nominations Committee. Voting is open to full active members, please watch for a voting e-mail in your inbox. 

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The Power of A Award

The Power of A Award

National Association for Healthcare Quality Wins “2017 Power of A Gold Award”

The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) was honored with the 2017 Power of A Gold Award for its HQ Essentials resource, which ensures healthcare quality professionals are well prepared to serve and lead in the quality roles of today and tomorrow.

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August Message from Leadership

August Message from Leadership

HQ Essentials Receives Prestigious Award

Recently, NAHQ was named a proud recipient of a 2017 The Power of A Gold Award for HQ Essentials: Competencies for the Healthcare Quality Profession. The award, presented by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), is the industry’s highest honor, recognizing organizations for their valuable contributions in solving problems, advancing industry performance, and improving conditions on local, national, and global levels.

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Q & A with NAHQ Next Speaker, Deborah Bulger CPHQ

Q & A with NAHQ Next Speaker, Deborah Bulger CPHQ

Healthcare quality professionals work in every healthcare setting to enhance care delivery, optimize value, and improve outcomes. For those of you who serve in this role or work with someone who does, you’re familiar with the important work being done every day. However, you’ll come across some people (even in your own organizations) who don’t understand your work or the profession.

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July Message from Leadership

July Message from Leadership

Every so often we get a chance to sit back and reflect on the work we do and why we do it. Sometimes those reflections come when we’re sitting at our desk or in our car. And, sometimes they occur as part of a larger experience such as NAHQ Next, which takes place September 18-20. I’m looking forward to spending time at NAHQ Next to reflect on the progress we’ve made as a profession and to talk with many of you about why we do this work.

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June Message from NAHQ Leadership

June Message from NAHQ Leadership

NAHQ is bringing quality training to nursing homes this summer: HQ Principles for Nursing Home Professionals!

NAHQ worked with the QIN-QIO to develop a training program for nursing home staff and executive coaching for nursing home administrators. More than 220 certificates of completion were granted to nursing home professionals in Illinois and Iowa through the pilot program.

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May Message from NAHQ Leadership

May Message from NAHQ Leadership

A few months ago, I told you about some of the improvements we’ve made at NAHQ that help our members and customers stay up to date on the latest healthcare quality news and resources available to them. We’ve seen our reach expand each month from increased visits to our website, larger audiences tuning in to Learning Labs, and growing readership for our eNews.

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