2016 CMS Quality Conference: Aligning for Innovation and Outcomes

The 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Conference brought together over 2,400 stakeholders from across CMS, the Department of Health and Human Services, CMS Quality Networks, health care providers and beneficiary advocates to discuss how to better promote collaboration and innovation to improve health outcomes. This issue of QIO News provides a recap of the two-and-a-half day event and highlights some of the key presentations, awards and takeaways.

The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells QIO News about his experience at the 2016 CMS Quality Conference and the important intersection of public health and health care. 
At the 2016 CMS Quality Conference, Andy Slavitt shared what he has learned from his experience at CMS and his perspective on how to move the ball forward when it comes to improving care and engaging patients. 
Resilience, partnership, engagement and recognition were all major themes for the first day of the CMS Quality Conference. 
The CMS Quality Conference kicked off its second day focusing on the increasingly important role of health care partnerships in achieving health equity and improving patient safety. 
The last day of the CMS Quality Conference brought together three former and present CMS administrators — Mark McClellan, Don Berwick and Andy Slavitt — to share their perspectives on the state of health care today and their vision for the future of quality improvement. 
Several major announcements and new initiatives were unveiled at this year’s CMS Quality Conference, including promising new data, the CMS’ Person and Family Engagement Strategy, and a Million Hearts initiative extension, among others. Here’s a roundup of the news. 
Did You Know? 
The 2016 CMS Quality Conference’s hashtag— #CMSQualCon16 — was trending nationally during the conference. Catch up on all the social media activity from our social media ambassadors and other conference participants with our Storify recaps from each day of the conference!