CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program Patient Safety Lead shares how the QIO Program and stakeholders across the health care spectrum are working to address the opioid epidemic and improve the safety of opioid prescribing.
Providers and other health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, July 12, for its next Medication Safety National Learning & Action Network online training.  
Patient advocate Bill Gossard has experienced the burden—and sometimes harm—that multiple medications can place on patients and their families. Gossard’s wife Helen took 18 medications every day toward the end of her life, and four different physicians prescribed those medications.
Inspired by one patient’s experience, atom Alliance—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) serving Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee—has created a tool to address the threat posed by overprescribing medications.
CMS’ antibiotic stewardship subject matter expert shares with QIO News the latest updates about QIN-QIOs’ efforts to better manage the use of antibiotics in clinical settings.
New England QIN-QIO—the QIN-QIO serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont—is helping address the opioid crisis in Connecticut by engaging pharmacists to help better manage patients’ use of opioids.
The opioid epidemic is impacting seniors in different ways than younger adults. Alliant Quality QIN-QIO discusses strategies for patient engagement and education to increase opioid safety. 
The QIO Program is committed to using the latest in health information technology to improve efficiency and care. Here are three ways QIN-QIOs are working toward this goal.
A New Jersey pharmacist reveals how a home visit helped a patient who was recently released from the hospital avoid a serious adverse drug event and learn how to better manage her own care.  
A new mobile app from Atlantic Quality Innovation Network helps clinicians determine if and when patients should stop anticoagulants prior to elective surgery.
Telligen brings community pharmacists to the table for new perspectives on patient care and outcomes.
The CMS QIO Program is one of the largest federal programs dedicated to improving health quality at the community level, but it started as just a bill. Celebrate our history as we reach 50 years of evolution and innovation in health care.
From his motorized wheel chair, Bill Turley waves to friends along the hallways at the Villages of Southern Hills, a long-term care facility and his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Family pictures and musical instruments adorn his room there. He talks about his love for music and his respect for the English program at Oklahoma State University, his alma mater. He serves as the president of the Villages resident council. He enjoys writing and Internet surfing, he plays multiple musical instruments, and he rides an oversized trike in the courtyard of the home.
CMS’ Government Task Leader for the QIO Program’s Coordination of Care Task highlights the QIN-QIOs’ efforts in improving care transitions and coordination of care.
The QIO Program’s Patient Safety Program Lead discusses how QIN-QIOs are building on past successes to make health care safer across multiple settings.
IPRO, the organization leading the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network, recently developed some free tools to help providers prevent adverse drug events.
Medications offer a variety of benefits, but they can come with great risk when not prescribed, administered or managed properly. Older adults are twice as likely to visit the emergency department and seven times more likely to be hospitalized due to adverse drug events (ADEs) than people under age 65. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has even set a national goal to prevent and eliminate ADEs in 265,000 lives per year.