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.  
Recognizing a 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. 
A recent PBS NewsHour episode explored how QIN-QIO Mountain-Pacific Quality Health is working to reduce costly, and often unnecessary, trips to emergency care facilities in rural settings. Watch it now. 
Immunizations are critically important in protecting older adults against serious and sometimes deadly diseases, such as the influenza virus or shingles. Yet, Kaiser Health News reported in 2015 that three out of four Americans older than 60 do not get the shingles vaccine, and one in three skip the influenza vaccine.
Learn how the New England Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont—partnered with a local Spanish-language public radio station to encourage immunizations and improve population health.
The 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference explored how changing payment and measurement systems are helping to transform health care.
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.
Learn how health care providers, patients and stakeholders can get involved with the observance and help men make health a priority.
A recent CMS webinar explored the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance use issues among older adults.
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. 
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. 
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.
Health Services Advisory Group helped organize FitPHX Senior Field Day for more than 200 Phoenix-based seniors and used the event as an opportunity to engage directly with beneficiaries in need of diabetes self-management services.
The Texas QIN-QIO’s sustainability model has lead to a 14 percent increase in the number of certified diabetes educators in Texas since work began in 2010, with 95 percent of those educators continuing diabetes training following their certification.  
The Illinois QIN-QIO’s use of qualitative and quantitative data gathered during DSME classes helps increase physician involvement in EDC programs in that state. 
Diabetes is a national epidemic, impacting millions of Americans. Learn why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the Everyone With Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, designed to improve quality of life and health outcomes for targeted populations of Medicare beneficiaries living with diabetes.
The QIN-QIO for New York, the District of Colombia and South Carolina has graduated over 6,500 Medicare beneficiaries in New York since it began offering EDC workshops in 2008.  
The QIN-QIO for Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee has a robust practice recruitment strategy that helps engage underserved beneficiaries living with diabetes from the onset of their diagnosis, greatly improving health outcomes and quality of life. 
Kentucky’s Meaningful Use Workgroup is prescribing health IT for all care settings and strategizing how to get patients engaged for better care coordination.
CMS has tallied numbers for year one of the QIO Program’s five-year performance period, and recruitment is exceeding expectations. See the data.
A partnership of the state’s eight top-performing health care systems aims to help communities achieve their highest potential in health.
Check out some key highlights from this recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) event focusing on healthy lifestyles and preventive care. 
Fifth webinar in collaborative’s learning series addresses importance of community health workers to population health and clinical care in frontier and rural communities.
Read how one family’s diabetes education helped transform their health and motivated them to spread knowledge and healthy eating practices.     
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.
Learn how CMS’ Everyone with Diabetes Counts program helped one Medicare beneficiary take charge of his health before it was too late.
The QIN-QIO for Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin came up with a visually compelling way to highlight facts about adult immunizations and its immunizations-related work.
Quality Insights partners with public libraries to promote diabetes self-management education in New Jersey. 
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.
CMS’ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality is getting LEAN thanks to recent training at the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Here are some takeaways.
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.
Learn about the Community Health Improvement Navigator, a new digital resource aimed at supporting effective, sustainable community health initiatives. 
Together with Serving Seniors, HSAG brought together more than 20 community partners and health providers to offer resources and health screenings to around 350 seniors.
The Central Virginia Transitions Collaborative breaks down walls and opens up communications among providers and community organizations pursuing common goals.
For the past 40 years, the QIO Program has steadily expanded its capacity to overcome barriers to health equity. Here are some highlights.
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation’s interactive and social program – enhanced with community partnerships – has engaged native populations in Hawaii, Alaska, and Wyoming in improving their cardiac health.
Alliant Quality, Georgia’s QIN-QIO, brings together stakeholders to create a united front for overcoming cardiac disparities.
Healthcentric Advisors collaborated with Rhode Island health professionals to develop community-wide hospital standards and study their effectiveness in reducing readmissions.
Cynthia Pamon, R.N., BSN, MBA, MSHCAD, CCM, Cardiac Program Lead at CMS, discusses the QIO Program’s cardiac health initiatives.
In Sacramento, California, HSAG's eight-week blood pressure reduction program enabled patients to improve their health and to become more active participants in their care.
Meet Chisara Asomugha, the Senior Technical Advisor and Medical Officer for the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Improvement Group.
Three Quality Innovation Network-QIOs share best practices for engaging communities in diabetes prevention and management.
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.
In the U.S., 18.8 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, but more concerning is the estimated seven million people who remain undiagnosed, according to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet. Educating people about how to manage their diabetes allows them to better control the disease and understand the potential complications such as amputations, blindness and kidney failure.
Brian Jack, M.D. is Professor of Family Medicine and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. As the Principal Investigator for the "Re-Engineered Discharge" (Project RED) process, he leads a research team whose work to improve hospital discharge processes has been adapted by the National Quality Forum as a national "Safe Practice" used in 50 states and over 10 countries.
Well over 300,000 Native Americans in Oklahoma live on tribally-owned land, with many in primarily rural areas, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Native Americans also have some of the highest rates of heart disease since they are less likely to seek medical care at the early stages of illness.
An inside look at the recent events surrounding the QIOs.
Chisara N. Asomugha, M.D., MSPH, FAAP is a recognized thought leader in community health, stakeholder engagement, advocacy and gender equity.
Over the course of her 30-year career, Dr. Tina Castañares has worked as a primary care clinician at three of Oregon’s migrant health centers. An original member of the Oregon Health Services Commission, Dr. Castañares assisted in the pioneering, priority-setting work that helped create the Oregon Health Plan. She also served as the National Ombudswoman for Farmworker Health to the U.S. Assistant Surgeon General for 11 years, was a member of the national Board of Trustees of the American Hospital Association and was a member of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Health Foundation. She has taught and lectured nationally and internationally about resource allocation, Latino and immigrant health, palliative and end-of-life care, bioethics, community health workers, upstream public health and health care reform.
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.
Health industry thought leaders gathered recently in Washington, D.C. to introduce the November 2014 Issue of Health Affairs.