This issue of QIO News focuses on how healthy lifestyles and preventive care contribute to healthy aging and enhanced quality of life. In observance of Healthy Aging Month, we will share stories about how the QIO Program and other health care stakeholders are encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to take charge of their own health – physically, socially and mentally.
Jeneen Iwugo, newly named Deputy Director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group (QIIG) in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) at CMS, shares what’s ahead for the QIO Program in year two of its five-year performance period.
Learn how the QIN-QIO for Colorado, Illinois and Iowa is working with community partners to fight health disparities and raise immunization rates by providing vaccine education and administration in select Chicago communities.
Medicare offers an Initial Preventive Physical Exam (IPPE) -- also known as the “Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit” -- as an introduction to Medicare and covered benefits. Medicare pays for one IPPE per beneficiary per lifetime, with the goal of promoting health and disease prevention and detection. This visit is different from a “routine physical checkup” that seniors may get every year from their physician, and it must be completed within the first 12 months of the effective date of the beneficiary’s coverage period.