2015 CMS Quality Conference: Building Partnerships. Delivering Results.

The 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Conference took place Dec. 1-3, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland, bringing together close to 2,000 experts and thought leaders in health care quality improvement to explore solutions to some of America’s most pervasive health system challenges. This issue of QIO News serves as a recap of the conference – for those who attended the conference and those who missed it.

Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, newly named Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS, shares her 2016 priorities and provides some tips on effective collaboration in health quality improvement.
On day one of the CMS Quality Conference, top CMS officials spoke about recent strides in health care transformation, focusing on the steps required to continue in the right direction. 
On day two of the CMS Quality Conference, leaders in quality improvement discussed the importance of considering the patient’s unique voice in all aspects of care, urging attendees to treat the patient-provider relationship as a partnership based on mutual respect. 
Executives from several Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) and Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) shared best practices for collaborating to improve patient safety. 
Top officials from population health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discussed the need for collaboration to improve the health of our nation's communities.
From the announcement of $110 Million in ESRD Network Funding to a new report showing a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions, CMS had a lot of news to share at its 2015 conference. Read the highlights here. 
The "LEAN 201" Master Class at the CMS Quality Conference provided lessons on improving and speeding up change transitions, while ensuring a lasting infrastructure.
Attention Providers: Join us for our next National Learning & Action Network (LAN) Call, Trends in Patient and Family Engagement! 
Social Media Highlights
What’s the buzz about? Check out the Day 1 and Day 2 social media recaps from the 2015 CMS Quality Conference, highlighting key takeaways, photos, videos and more!