A new video clip from HSAG—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands—shows how partnering with home health agencies can result in better health outcomes for patients and lower health care costs.
Two projects led by Qualis Health—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Idaho and Washington—were recognized at the 8th Annual DecisionHealth Platinum Awards, a national program that highlights the best in care management and care coordination. 
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.
CMS’s new care coordination subject matter expert shares QIO Program priorities, initiatives and tips for improving care coordination and reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions.
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.
Knowing the warning signs of peripheral artery disease and regular preventive examinations can help prevent diabetes-related lower extremity amputations. 
The Department of Health & Human Services’ Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services is requesting nominations for seven new non-federal members to join its efforts towards improving health outcomes for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network—the QIN-QIO serving Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota—is working to address the burden of antipsychotic medication on dementia patients in nursing homes. Here’s how they are implementing interventions and including families in the decision-making process.
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network – the QIN-QIO serving Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota – is working to address the burden of antipsychotic medication on dementia patients in nursing homes. Here’s how they are implementing interventions and including families in the decision-making process.
Join us for the next National Learning & Action Network virtual training to explore “Effective Co-Management of Mental and Physical Chronic Conditions,” on Tuesday, November 1.   
Last month, health care leaders and health information technology professionals came together to discuss the evolving role of data and to explore how it is improving care quality and safety. 
Medication reconciliation is an important step in the care continuum that can easily be overlooked. Telligen, the QIN-QIO serving Colorado, Illinois, and Iowa, is leveraging health IT to increase the sharing of medication information as a patient moves from one care setting to the next.
CMS’ Acting Chief Innovation Officer for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation discusses the agency’s home health initiatives. Also: an update on CMS’ Home Health Compare.
The U.S. population is getting older and increasingly interested in “aging in place.” Learn how a Maryland program is helping low-income seniors live healthier lives at home. 
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.  
In recognition of Independence Day, the New England Quality Innovation Network shares tips and resources on how to encourage and support senior independence and quality care coordination.
A recent CMS webinar explored the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance use issues among older adults.
Beneficiaries, providers and QIN-QIOs are invited to join the next National Learning and Action Network (LAN) call, focused on promoting effective communication and coordination of care. 
End-of-life planning is becoming an increasingly important topic in health care and quality improvement. These six tips aim to help patients and providers initiate the conversation and reach decisions all parties are comfortable with.   
Quality improvement leaders from around the country came together to author a new book expressing the power of partnerships in health care and sharing best practices for creating a successful care team. 
A beneficiary shares his care story, recounting the high quality of treatment and coordination of care he encountered after triple coronary artery bypass graft surgery.
CMS has tallied numbers for year one of the QIO Program’s five-year performance period, and recruitment is exceeding expectations. See the data.
CMS awards six QIN-QIOs a four-year contract to improve the identification of depression and alcohol use disorder among Medicare beneficiaries.
Fifth webinar in collaborative’s learning series addresses importance of community health workers to population health and clinical care in frontier and rural communities.
The Central Virginia Transitions Collaborative breaks down walls and opens up communications among providers and community organizations pursuing common goals.
Within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital, about one in five Medicare beneficiaries are re-hospitalized, and as many as three in four of those readmissions could have been prevented. The process by which patients move from hospitals to other care settings is increasingly problematic as hospitals shorten lengths of stay and as care becomes more fragmented. To improve care transitions and quality of care, Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) across the country are working to build multi-stakeholder coalitions, identify the root causes of readmissions, select interventions and put them into action.