WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (June 26, 2018) -- Qualidigm, the mission-driven, national healthcare consulting think tank based in Wethersfield, Conn., and Maine Quality Counts, a regional health improvement collaborative of Manchester, Maine, are pleased to announce their execution of an affiliation to merge agreement, effectively immediately. The governing boards of both entities agreed to the merger to expand the organizations’ combined expertise and collaboratively transform health and healthcare throughout New England. Under the terms of the agreement, the merger will be complete on August 1, 2019.
Collectively, Qualidigm and Maine Quality Counts have been providing healthcare consulting and quality improvement services to a variety of government and private-sector clients for over 50 years. Currently, Qualidigm leads several local, regional and national healthcare quality improvement programs, and serves as a partner on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contract in New England. Maine Quality Counts leads the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network and many other initiatives in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, including programs that address the opioid epidemic and enhance child health care.
"This merger consolidates both organizations’ well-respected experience and qualifications, with the goal of providing comprehensive, coordinated, quality improvement services that support patients and healthcare providers throughout New England and the United States," said Dr. Timothy Elwell, Qualidigm President and CEO. "Combining forces with Maine Quality Counts positions us to deliver healthcare innovations to all citizens and healthcare providers in Northern New England. Equally important is the national dissemination of innovative ideas and best practices that will be possible through our rural healthcare center of excellence centered in Maine."
"Maine Quality Counts is excited to join forces with Qualidigm," said Larry Clifford, Maine Quality Counts Executive Director. "The alignment and synergies of our combined expertise will enable us to extend the reach and impact of our services to improve and transform healthcare in Maine, New England, and beyond."
Additionally, Maine Quality Counts is a nationally recognized leader in the Choosing Wisely initiatives, which promotes conversations between physicians and patients about the overuse of medical tests and procedures. With Qualidigm as a founding member of the CT Choosing Wisely Collaborative, this merger provides an opportunity to bring a unified campaign to providers and consumers in New England.
Maine Quality Counts will continue to use their current organizational name until the merger is complete in 2019. However, new branding that incorporates the Qualidigm identity will be in place immediately. Elwell will lead the new organization once the merger has been completed.
With its corporate headquarters in Wethersfield, Conn. and offices in Dover, NH; Barre, VT; and Providence, RI, Qualidigm's mission is to provide technical assistance and develop strategies that improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare through transformational change. Qualidigm provides consulting services to public and private sector clients nationwide. These services include consulting, data analysis, health information technology, patient safety, quality improvement, and utilization review. Qualidigm is part of a team that is serving as the Medicare Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) under contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for New England. Qualidigm is also a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) as designated by the State of Connecticut. www.Qualidigm.org
About Maine Quality Counts: Maine Quality Counts (QC) is a non-profit organization, headquartered in Manchester, Maine, working to improve the health of everyone in Maine by improving the way health care is delivered. The organization brings together the people who give, get and pay for health care and provide the tools and leadership they need to make sure Maine residents care that is truly patient-centered. Driven by a spirit of collaboration, Maine Quality Counts works with over 70 partners from health care, government, civil society and the community to achieve shared quality improvement goals. www.MaineQualityCounts.org