Person and Family Engagement 

This issue of QIO News focuses on how including patients, families and advocates in health care decision-making and policy development can improve outcomes.

CMS’ Patient and Family Engagement Adviser talks about operationalizing CMS’ Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Strategy and how she came to be a patient advocate. 
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released its National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which provides a detailed evaluation of the country’s health care quality and access. Find out which aspects of health care have improved and where there is still work to be done. 
To address a perceived gap in the process of developing health care quality improvement resources, the New England QIN-QIO turned to its multi-state patient and family advisory council for help. 
The QIO Program’s Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center shares five tips for engaging patients and families in health care quality improvement initiatives. 
Health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, October 11 for its next Medication Safety National Learning & Action Network online training, which will focus on patient activation and prescription drug monitoring. 
Did You Know?
The next CMS Quality Conference dates have been announced! Please mark your calendar for the 2018 CMS Quality Conference: Advancing Patient-Centered Care, February 12-14, 2018, in Baltimore, MD. Additional details, registration and agenda to come.