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The Maine Quality Forum (MQF) is a state agency that is responsible for monitoring and improving the quality of health care in the State of Maine. MQF’s governing statute is Title 24-A Chapter 87 §6951. The projects that the MQF supports align with the needs of its stakeholders as it relates to advancing the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) triple aim.

  • Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction);
  • Improving the health of populations; and
  • Reducing the per capita cost of health care.

The MQF is governed by a board of Trustees as defined in Title 24-A: Chapter 87 section 6904. The current chair of the Board is Joseph Bruno, R.Ph. former House Minority Leader. The MQF drives health care quality improvement by working collaboratively with our private and public sector partners.

MQF’s work is focused in six key areas:

  • Advancement of primary care
  • Collection and analysis of hospital quality measures
  • Public transparency of health care quality in the state of Maine
  • Reductions in the rate of Health Care Associated Infections in the State of Maine
  • Patient experience
  • Culture of safety in physician practices

Free Online Training - http://maineinfectionpreventionforum.org

Are you an Infection Preventionist at an extended care facility, such as a nursing home, rehabilitation center, or assisted living facility? The Maine Quality Forum has partnered with the Maine Center for Disease Control and the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service to create a free 8-hour online training to enhance your knowledge of infection control and prevention activities. Topics include:

  • General Infection Prevention
  • Infectious Disease Overview
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
  • Surveillance and Reporting
  • Quality Improvement

Because the training is online, you can access it any time you have a high speed internet connection. Simply create a login and start the course. You can logout and come back whenever it’s convenient for you. We’ve also included handouts, posters, reference material and other tools to help you remember the key concepts of infection prevention and control, and so you can help teach others at your facility.

To get started, go to the http://maineinfectionpreventionforum.org.