10 Tips to Make the Most of the 2018 CMS Quality Conference

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With around 2,500 participants expected to attend the 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference, this year’s event is likely to be one of the most expansive yet, with a variety of stakeholders, dozens of engaging presentations, and valuable networking opportunities. Following is a list of 10 tips to help maximize your in-person or virtual conference experience. 

1. Follow the conference “Social Media Ambassadors” on Twitter.
Ten social media ambassadors from a variety of organizations will post regular updates, photos and insights from the conference on Twitter using the hashtag #CMSQualCon18. Learn more about the ambassadors here, and join in the conversation using the conference hashtag and by following @QIOProgram. Have a question about using social media? Visit the Social Media Help Desk across from the Grand Ballroom. 

2. Download the Quality Conference App.
Through the app, attendees can receive real-time updates, participate in polls and network with other attendees. Download the app here.

3. Watch the livestream.
If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you can still participate by visiting the CMS Quality Conference website each morning to watch the plenary sessions in real time.

4. Connect with new partners.
The conference will have a wide array of attendees from different areas of health care quality improvment. We hope you will use this opportunity to collaborate with partners and peers who are outside of your typical network. Block out time to engage in one-on-one or small group discussions, or connect with your fellow attendees on LinkedIn to extend the conversation beyond the conference.

5. Sign up for and read QIO News. 
Look out for our March 2018 issue, which will feature highlights and takeaways from the conference. All year long, QIO News provides news, success stories, event announcments and other updates from CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization Program. In 2018, we’ll explore critical editorial themes, including burden and harm reduction, behavioral health, opioid misuse prevention and overcoming health disparities.

6. Watch daily video recaps.
Video recaps from the previous day’s events will be posted to the QIO Program YouTube channel.

7. Earn Continuing Education Credits by enrolling in Master Classes.
These brief educational workshops will be held on Tuesday, Febuary 13 and will provide attendees with valuable insights from subject matter experts on diverse topics. Register for these classes on the conference website.

8. Divide and conquer during the sessions.
If you’re attending the CMS Quality Conference with colleagues, split up the sessions and take notes, so you can share what you learned.

9. Stretch your legs by touring the Gallery Walk.
As health quality advocates, we need to lead by example and stay active during the conference. Walk up the escalator or stairs to the fourth floor and take time to read the posters along the Gallery Walk to see your fellow attendees’ projects and initiatives.

10. Join us for future events and sharing opportunities.
There are numerous ways to stay engaged with CMS quality programs and continue the discussion throughout the year:

  • Health care providers are welcome to sign up to attend the free quarterly virtual training webinars hosted by the National Coordinating Center for Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations. To learn more, contact QINNCC@area-d.hcqis.org.
  • The CMS Strategic Innovation Engine is accepting recommendations to advance health care quality and safety. Share innovations that were created or adapted and have demonstrated improvement in health outcomes here.
  • Suggest a tool or share a story with the Campaign for Meds Management to help identify and promote resources, techniques, and interventions for patients, caregivers and providers. Learn more here.