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.
CMS’ Cardiac Program Lead shares with QIO News the latest updates about QIN-QIOs efforts to improve the cardiac health of Medicare beneficiaries.
The CMS Quality Conference kicked off its second day focusing on the increasingly important role of health care partnerships in achieving health equity and improving patient safety.
The last day of the CMS Quality Conference brought together three former and present CMS administrators—Mark McClellan, Don Berwick and Andy Slavitt—to share their perspectives on the state of health care today and their vision for the future of quality improvement.
Several major announcements and new initiatives were unveiled at this year’s CMS Quality Conference, including promising new data, the CMS’ Person and Family Engagement Strategy, and a Million Hearts initiative extension, among others. Here’s a roundup of the news.
The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells QIO News about his experience at the 2016 CMS Quality Conference and the important intersection of public health and health care.
At the 2016 CMS Quality Conference, Andy Slavitt shared what he has learned from his experience at CMS and his perspective on how to move the ball forward when it comes to improving care and engaging patients.
Resilience, partnership, engagement and recognition were all major themes for the first day of the CMS Quality Conference. 
Here’s who to follow on Twitter for ongoing insights and commentary from this year’s conference.
The conference may be at capacity, but both registrants and non-attendees alike can stay up-to-date with daily conference developments, engage with participants and share learnings. 
The November announcement adds Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals to the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks' (HIIN) nationwide contract and could help reduce adverse drug events and hospital readmissions for over two million American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States.
Since launching the CMS Equity Plan for Medicare in September 2015, the CMS Office of Minority Health has developed new resources to help reduce disparities in health outcomes among vulnerable populations.
New members will play a key role in reviewing and evaluating submissions received in response to a health care community-wide call for innovative practices.
CMS' Acting Principal Deputy Administrator shares his perspectives on the upcoming CMS Quality Conference.
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.
The Director of CMS’ Nursing Homes Division discusses the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes' progress in reducing antipsychotic medication usage.
CMS recently announced a new contract award to facilitate quality and operational improvements in Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals across the country. 
Register now for the 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Conference in Baltimore, December 13-15!
HIINs will pursue ambitious goals in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program.
CMS Technical Advisor for Communications and Outreach discusses the mission, focus and impact of the agency’s Person & Family Engagement Affinity Group.
CMS' Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity, Shantanu Agrawal, MD discusses the evolving landscape in men's health, and the Center for Program Integrity's goals for the future.
Clinical quality measure (CQM) owners and/or developers who want to have new measures considered for inclusion in one of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality programs may submit measures now.
The QIO Program’s subject matter expert for behavioral health provides some early insights on how six Quality Innovation Network-QIOs are progressing with their new behavioral health activities. 
The new round of awards will fund up to 28 collaborative, two-year projects focused on innovation in quality health care delivery and expanding the scope and national impact of quality programs.    
See the numbers behind the successes that QIN-QIOs and home health agencies are achieving when it comes to heart attack and stroke prevention. 
Attention Providers: Join us for our next National Learning & Action Network (LAN) Call, Trends in Patient and Family Engagement! 
On day two of the CMS Quality Conference, leaders in quality improvement discussed the importance of considering the patient’s unique voice in all aspects of care, urging attendees to treat the patient-provider relationship as a partnership based on mutual respect. 
Top officials from population health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discussed the need for collaboration to improve the health of our nation's communities.
The "LEAN 201" Master Class at the CMS Quality Conference provided lessons on improving and speeding up change transitions, while ensuring a lasting infrastructure.
Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, newly named Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS, shares her 2016 priorities and provides some tips on effective collaboration in health quality improvement.
On day one of the CMS Quality Conference, top CMS officials spoke about recent strides in health care transformation, focusing on the steps required to continue in the right direction. 
CMS' National Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Team was recently recognized for its work in reducing patient harm and readmissions in hospitals across the United States.
Jean D. Moody-Williams, RN, MPP and Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), discusses the history and evolution of the CMS Quality Conference. 
Whether or not you are attending the event, check out these 10 tips to help you get the most out of the event. From following the conversation on Twitter to watching live-streamed sessions, there are many ways to stay engaged. 
Learn which QIN-QIOs will be conducting quality improvement projects that address issues of quality specific to their local service areas or that expand the scope and national impact of interventions that have had proven but limited success.
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.
The two two-year projects, with combined maximum funding of $10 million to regional QIN-QIOs, will align with the goals of the CMS Quality Strategy and emphasize the power of partnerships.
The Director of the CMS Office of Minority Health sits down with QIO News to discuss the challenges and opportunities for eliminating health disparities today.
Shari Ling, M.D., serves as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. She is responsible for assisting the CMS Chief Medical Officer in the agency’s pursuit of better patient care, healthier populations and communities, and lower costs through quality improvement. Dr. Ling’s long-standing focus is on achieving better health outcomes across the continuum of care through the delivery of high quality, beneficiary-centered care. She has a special interest in the treatment of people with multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations, as well as in reducing health disparities. She is a trained geriatrician and rheumatologist, a part-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a volunteer with several medical clinics.
Meet Dennis Wagner, the new acting director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Improvement Group.