May 2, 2016

Company to support NAHQ education program on healthcare regulation and accreditation

Verge Solutions, LLC, today announced that the company has entered an agreement with the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) to promote the association’s effort to educate healthcare quality professionals on the fast-evolving topic of healthcare regulation and accreditation. The agreement is aligned with the company’s mission to help healthcare organizations proactively reduce risk across their enterprises to aid in effective and efficient healthcare delivery.

Verge will support interactive, online educational events and publication of NAHQ Q Essentials on regulatory and accreditation, to be published in June. The Q Essentials are six essential competencies that define the body of knowledge necessary for excellence in the healthcare quality profession. Each competency is defined and published by NAHQ, then supported with extensive learning materials for quality professionals. In addition to regulatory and accreditation, the Q Essentials include: health data analytics; population health and care transitions; performance and process improvement; quality review and accountability; and patient safety.

“Healthcare has long been a highly regulated activity, but the Affordable Care Act and evolving payment models have exponentially increased the need for quality professionals to understand regulatory and accreditation requirements for their institutions,” said Stephanie Mercado, executive director, NAHQ. “That’s why it is critical to provide all quality professionals access to this pillar of the Q Essentials.”

“Regulatory and accreditation issues are evolving faster than ever, and understanding them is vital to our more than 850 clients,” said Mark Crockett, M.D., CEO of Verge Solutions. “Our work with NAHQ on this topic is part of our commitment to make risk reduction a strategic, rather than an administrative, function.”

Healthcare quality professionals are responsible for measuring and ensuring that government-, industryand provider-mandated standards are effective and implemented across the continuum of care, said Mercado. “Standards can be a powerful driver for improvement, but sound processes are needed to evaluate standards and institutionalize their adoption. The Regulatory and Accreditation installment of Q Essentials will help quality professionals understand the nuanced differences between regulations, standards, accreditation, and certification; and their process implications.”

More information about the Q Essentials and the healthcare quality profession can be found at

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