Quality Improvement

A COHE is expected to foster a "culture of quality" via a formal quality improvement program. A program should include the development and implementation of one quality improvement project each year beyond its start-up year. The COHE will consider input from its stakeholders when selecting their quality improvement initiative. Outcomes will be reported to L&I and shared with other COHE Directors.

Goal of quality improvement

The primary goal of the COHE is to enhance and encourage occupational health best practices in the health care delivery community. The COHE plays a crucial leadership role in the use of occupational health best practices.

Approval process for a quality improvement project

  1. Determine which projects you may want to complete.
  2. Share them with the other COHE Directors during the May/June meeting.
  3. Document the COHE’s quality improvement project plan. Review with your L&I COHE Contract Manager to gain approval (no later than the end of August).  Quality improvement project plan must include:
    • A specific scope.
    • A detailed process change.
    • A set of evaluation measures and expected outcomes.
    • A timeline with milestones.
  4. Share updates during the COHE Quarterly Status Report
  5. Within one quarter of the end of the quality improvement project the COHE Project Director will present a summary write-up of the project to the L&I Contract Manager.

Documenting a Quality Improvement Project

COHEs are required to submit Quality Improvement Plans for approval and Quality Improvement Wrap-Up Report when the project is complete. See examples:

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