Quality Integration

“Professional quality activities integrated with business leadership and management.”

As SDAHO membership is on the journey from volume to value, quality integration should be the focus at all levels of the healthcare continuum. SDAHO recognizes that quality integration is a supportive service and adds value to its members. Much of the Quality Integration work occurs within SDAHO Health, Research, Education, and Trust (HRET), which is a 501©(3)non-profit corporation. SDAHO HRET’s mission is to facilitate quality and clinical education programs to assist members in meeting regulations, maintaining quality delivery of patient or resident care and improving health care outcomes.

More Resources for Quality Integration

MBQIP Data Submission Deadlines
Quality Improvement Implementation Guide and Toolkit for CAHs
Critical Access Hospital eCQM Resource List


Avoid Opioid SD
Avoid Opioid SD is a joint effort between the South Dakota Department of Health and Department of Social Services to address opioid abuse and misuse in the state as part of the South Dakota Opioid Abuse Strategic Plan.

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) is the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. The development of Great Plains QIN reflects changes to legislation that impacts the structure of the QIO program. Great Plains QIN partner organizations have a long history of working collaboratively together, serving as their state’s QIO and improving the quality and efficiency of healthcare in the region

South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care
The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) is committed to improve quality of care and to ensure all patients receive the right care, at the right time, every time.  As the designated QIO-Like Entity for South Dakota, SDFMC performs medical case review for Medicaid patients across the state.

Quality Improvement Resource Guide
The purpose of this guide is to familiarize you with quality improvement processes as a way of improving clinical quality. While many of the examples within the guide are related to cardiovascular disease, the quality improvement process can be applied to any process or condition where improvements are needed.

Team-Based Care Toolkit
Team-based health care is the provision of health services to individuals, families, and/or their communities by at least two health providers who work collaboratively with patients and their caregivers—to the extent preferred by each patient—to accomplish shared goals within and across settings to achieve coordinated, high quality care.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the federal agency charged with improving health care through research.

The portion of Hospital Compare that displays information on patient perspectives of their hospital care.

Hospital Compare
Web site that displays information about inpatient hospital care.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is a national organization that provides a number of free resources for quality improvement.

Institute for Safe Medication Practices
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) is a not-for-profit organization that works closely with healthcare practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, professional organizations and the pharmaceutical industry to provide education about adverse drug events and their prevention.

A business-sponsored, membership organization that seeks to publish information on hospital quality and safety practices.

National Quality Forum
The National Quality Forum (NQF) strives to improve health care through the endorsement of consensus-based national standards for measurement and public reporting of healthcare performance data.

Quality Check
The Joint Commission publishes information on hospital quality on its Web site “Quality Check.”

The Joint Commission
This national organization inspects hospitals to ensure they meet certain quality standards.