Improving Disease Management 

In honor of American Diabetes Month and Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, this issue of QIO News looks at innovative approaches to disease self-management, education, and improving caregiver and community supports. We also highlight two recent CMS contract awards involving QIN-QIOs and feature a preview of the upcoming 2016 CMS Quality Conference.

The Director of CMS’ Nursing Homes Division discusses the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes' progress in reducing antipsychotic medication usage. 
How a Tennessee nursing home reduced antipsychotic medication use with consistent caregivers. 
In the state of Washington, a local health system is empowering people with diabetes to live their fullest lives with a new take on the diabetes self-management education program. 
Two QIO Program leaders were recently recognized for their work improving the quality of care for people with diabetes. Here’s why. 
CMS recently announced a new contract award to facilitate quality and operational improvements in Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals across the country. 
The projects will focus on two areas, addressing issues of quality occurring within the QIN-QIOs’ local service area and expanding the scope and national impact of quality improvement interventions that have proven success in limited areas or scope. 
Register now for the 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Conference in Baltimore, December 13-15
Did You Know?
The QIO Program website has tip sheets, tools, and resources on diabetes management for providers and consumers. In addition, the Everyone with Diabetes Counts page includes diabetes self-management best practices and success stories.