On Feb. 27, WHA’s own Dr. Bobby Redwood presented to a packed room of physician, nurse, and quality improvement leaders at the national CMS 2020 Quality Conference in Baltimore. His presentation, “Activate Your Greatest Allies: Engaging Physicians in Quality Improvement Work,” showcased the WHA quality team’s statewide improvement efforts in sepsis and antimicrobial stewardship. CMS directors Paul McGann, M.D. and Jade Perdue, M.P.A. were both in attendance. They offered high praise for the WHA Quality Center’s work in physician engagement and invited Dr. Redwood back to speak next year.
In addition to the opportunity to showcase WHA’s statewide quality improvement initiatives, the conference’s Opioid Epidemic Master Class provided necessary education and networking to support the WHA Quality Center’s 2020 opioid stewardship initiatives. These initiatives include promoting alternatives to opioids for acute and chronic pain, reducing opioid adverse drug events in long-term care facilities, increasing awareness and availability of naloxone rescue therapy, and initiating medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in primary care clinics and emergency departments.