Since its beginning in 1971, Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH), an independent, Mississippi, not-for-profit corporation, has secured the trust of the Mississippi health care community as a result of the depth of experience, knowledge and longevity of the staff and its solid base of physician support. IQH has worked in quality improvement under contract with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for over 40 years and provided tobacco cessation services since 1999.
IQH has worked with various types of healthcare providers around the state to improve the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries. IQH staff has worked with providers to:
- Improve Cardiac Health and Reduce Cardiac Healthcare Disparities
- Reduce Disparities in Diabetes Care
- Improve Prevention Coordination through Meaningful Use of HIT and Collaboration with Regional Extension Centers
- Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections in Hospitals
- Reduce Healthcare-Acquired Conditions in Nursing Homes
- Promote Effective Communication and Coordination of Care
- Promote Quality Improvement through Value-Based Payment, Quality Reporting, and the Physician Feedback Reporting Program
In addition to the projects designed to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries, IQH's establishment of the Mississippi Tobacco Quitline 15 years ago targeted the use of tobacco and its negative effects on healthy lifestyles of Mississippians. With tobacco continuing to be the leading cause of preventable death worldwide, IQH's commitment to decreasing tobacco use has resulted in assisting more than 140,000 tobacco users through the quitline programs. IQH's success rates are among the highest in the United States, contributing to healthier and longer lasting lives.
Here's a few of our Team Leaders, please feel free to contact them with any questions.
Christie CresswellDirector, Tobacco Quitline
IQH will lead in improving quality, appropriateness, and utilization of health care through continuous improvement principles.
To be recognized as a leader in promoting a quality health care system in Mississippi.
|Director Name||Length of Term||Roles||Board Compensation|
|J. Keith Mansel, MD||2017-2022||Physician Director||$100/Hour Plus Travel Compensation|
|Helen R. Turner, MD||2017-2022||Physician Director||$100/Hour Plus Travel Compensation|
|Beth Embry||2018-2022||Public Director||$100/Hour Plus Travel Compensation|
|Leigh Ann Ross, PharmD, BCPS, FASHP, FCCP||2018-2022||Public Director||$100/Hour Plus Travel Compensation|
|Gerald Wages||2019-2022||Consumer||$100/Hour Plus Travel Compensation|
|Evelyn Walker, MD||2019-2022||Physician Director||$100/Hour Plus Travel Compensation|
|Stanley Hartness, MD||2019-2022||Public Director||$100/Hour Plus Travel Compensation|
Tobacco use continues to be defined as the most lethal, legal product available in the United States today. It is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths each year. IQH has provided professional tobacco cessation through quitline services since 1999. Master’s level, behavioral health professionals are also tobacco treatment specialists who provide behavior change coaching to those wanting to quit. Qualified participants are eligible for NRT at no charge. Services have expanded beyond telephonic services to include online cessation coaching. Qualified participants using online services are also eligible for the NRT at no charge. Services are available in English and Spanish with translation services available.
IQH is dedicated to providing coaching, education on tobacco, health information and product knowledge to those who wish to improve the quality of life for themselves and for their families.
Outside of Mississippi 1-888-244-9100
TTY (hearing impaired) 1-800-969-1393
795 Woodlands Parkway
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Toll Free: 1-800-844-0500