Business Briefs for Aug. 3, 2014

eQHealth partnering with regional network

Baton Rouge-based eQHealth Solutions will be working with providers and Louisiana communities to improve health care quality through a regional Quality Insights-Quality Innovation Network.

The five-state regional network is part of a new Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization chartered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The network is a collaboration among eQHealth Solutions in Louisiana; the West Virginia Medical Institute and its Quality Insights of Pennsylvania and Quality Insights of Delaware affiliated companies; and Healthcare Quality Strategies Inc. in New Jersey.

The focus is on developing data-driven health care quality improvement programs, designed to improve clinical care and patient safety, locally and across the network.

“Partnering in a regional QIN-QIO allows us to share knowledge, leverage combined resources, and maximize the positive impact of our cumulative efforts, while still being able to serve our health care communities locally,” said Edie Castello, eQHealth Solutions CEO. “This positions us well to make real progress toward CMS’s three-part aim of better care, better health and lower costs.”

Areas of emphasis and assistance will include practice transformation; health information technology; lean methods; hospital infections; quality improvement; care coordination; cardiac health; health care-acquired conditions; diabetes self-management education; and value-based purchasing programs.

Historically, CMS issued 53 QIO contracts, one for each state and territory, to provide case review and quality improvement support services. The new structure is regional and establishes two groups of QIOs — one group for quality improvement, the QIN-QIOs, and one for Medicare quality of care complaints and appeals, called Beneficiary and Family Centered Care QIOs.

Civil engineers group holding awards gala

The Louisiana Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers is hosting a Centennial Celebration Gala on Aug. 9 at the Renaissance Hotel, 7000 Bluebonnet Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The ceremony will recognize Louisiana Centennial Award recipients in 15 civil engineering categories, selected from a list of 46 finalists.

A cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the awards dinner at 7 p.m. Sherri H. LeBas, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, is the guest of honor and will address the group.

Tickets are $75, which includes two drinks and dinner, and are available at ccgala2014@gmail.com.

FHLB Dallas seeking board applications

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is accepting applications no later than Aug. 11 for two open independent directorships on its board of directors in 2015.

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 12 district banks in the FHLBank System created by Congress in 1932 and is a member-owned cooperative that supports housing and community development.

The board consists of 16 individuals, including nine member directors and seven independent directors. The independent directors represent community and nonprofit organizations across FHLB Dallas’s five-state district of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas, and are elected by FHLB Dallas’ member institutions.

The board is accountable to FHLB Dallas shareholders, by ensuring the institution is managed in a safe and sound manner and fulfilling its public purpose.

One position being filled on the board is designated as a public interest position. Applicants must have more than four years experience representing consumer or community interests in banking services, credit needs, housing or consumer financial protections.

Applicants for the other independent directorship must have experience or knowledge in auditing and accounting, derivatives, financial management, organizational management, project development, risk management practices or law.

Applications are available at fhlb.com and election results will be announced in November.

State bar schedules family law seminar

A seminar titled “Family Law CLE — How to Stay in the Game when Everything is Going Bust” is being held by the Louisiana State Bar Association on Aug. 22 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal St., New Orleans.

Topics include the evolution of technology and social media in family law; negotiating and litigating spousal support claims; and pre-marital agreement tips.

Required ethics credit can be earned with “An Inside Look at the ODC” and a professionalism credit with “Professionalism and Social Media” presentations.

Advance registration is $320, and is $345 after Aug. 15 and on-site.

The program has been approved for a maximum of 6.25 hours of CLE credit, including one hour of ethics and one hour of professionalism.

To register online or for more information, go to https://www.lsba.org/CLE/CLESeminar.aspx?CLESeminar=53d3789b-7319-438f-aead-2956f89137e8 or contact Bridget Berins at (504) 619-0137.