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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.