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June 29, 2018

Maine Quality Counts to merge with Connecticut firm

Courtesy / Qualidigm
Courtesy / Qualidigm
Maine Quality Counts, a Manchester-based nonprofit that has led a number of initiatives to improve health care in Maine since 2003, announced this week that it plans to merge with Qualidigm, a national health care consulting firm based in Wethersfield, Conn. Qualidigm President and CEO Timothy Elwell will lead the combined organization when the merger is completed in August 2019.

Maine Quality Counts, a Manchester-based nonprofit that has led a number of initiatives to improve health care in Maine since 2003, announced this week that it plans to merge with Qualidigm, a national health care consulting firm based in Wethersfield, Conn.

Qualidigm and Maine Quality Counts expect to complete the merger in August 2019. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the companies said Qualidigm President and CEO Timothy Elwell will lead the combined organization and that Maine Quality Counts will use Qualidigm branding once the merger is complete.

In a news release announcing the merger plans, the companies said their governing boards agreed to the merger "to expand the organizations' combined expertise and collaboratively transform health and health care throughout New England."

"Maine Quality Counts is excited to join forces with Qualidigm," Larry Clifford, Maine Quality Counts executive director, said in the release. "The alignment and synergies of our combined expertise will enable us to extend the reach and impact of our services to improve and transform health care in Maine, New England, and beyond."

A half century of combined experience

Collectively, Qualidigm and Maine Quality Counts have been providing health care consulting and quality improvement services to a variety of government and private-sector clients for over 50 years.

Currently, Qualidigm leads several local, regional and national health care quality improvement programs and serves as a partner on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization contract in New England. Maine Quality Counts leads the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network and many other initiatives in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, including programs that address the opioid epidemic and enhance child health care.

Additionally, Maine Quality Counts is a nationally recognized leader in the Choosing Wisely initiatives, which promotes conversations between physicians and patients about the overuse of medical tests and procedures.

With Qualidigm as a founding member of the Connecticut Choosing Wisely Collaborative, the merger provides an opportunity to bring a unified campaign to providers and consumers in New England, the companies stated.

"This merger consolidates both organizations' well-respected experience and qualifications, with the goal of providing comprehensive, coordinated, quality improvement services that support patients and health care providers throughout New England and the United States," said Elwell. "Combining forces with Maine Quality Counts positions us to deliver health care innovations to all citizens and health care providers in Northern New England. Equally important is the national dissemination of innovative ideas and best practices that will be possible through our rural healthcare center of excellence centered in Maine."

Maine Quality Counts will continue to use its current organizational name until the merger is complete in 2019.

However, new branding that incorporates the Qualidigm identity will be in place immediately. Elwell will lead the new organization once the merger has been completed.

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