Native Americans are at an increased risk for diabetes. HSAG—the QIN-QIO serving Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—recently launched its first diabetes self-management education (DSME) training classes in Northern California to help spread best practices for diabetes care among the area’s Native American population.
Native Americans are at an increased risk for diabetes. HSAG—the QIN-QIO serving Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—recently launched its first diabetes self-management education (DSME) training classes in Northern California to help spread best practices for diabetes care among the area’s Native American population.
The director of the Program Alignment and Partner Engagement group at CMS’ Office of Minority Health shares with QIO News how the office is leveraging partnerships to reduce health disparities in vulnerable populations.
New data from the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center shows that lower extremity amputation rates continue to rise, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities. These tips can help promote healthier feet and reduce amputations.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) leaders share their thoughts on the impact of health disparities in the Medicare community, as well as ways that CMS and the QIO Program are working to achieve health equity.
CMS’ Cardiac Program Lead shares with QIO News the latest updates about QIN-QIOs efforts to improve the cardiac health of Medicare beneficiaries.
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.
CMS recently announced a new contract award to facilitate quality and operational improvements in Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals across the country. 
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.    
The Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Health at CMS shares recent accomplishments, current activities and future plans in the office’s pursuit of health equity.
The CMS Equity Plan provides an action-oriented, results-driven approach for reducing disparities among minority populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and more.
See the numbers behind the successes that QIN-QIOs and home health agencies are achieving when it comes to heart attack and stroke prevention. 
From the announcement of $110 Million in ESRD Network Funding to a new report showing a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions, CMS had a lot of news to share at its 2015 conference. Read the highlights here. 
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 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. 
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.
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.
Susan Fleck, RN, MMHS and subject matter expert (SME) for the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides an update on how the program is going.
Kentucky’s Meaningful Use Workgroup is prescribing health IT for all care settings and strategizing how to get patients engaged for better care coordination.
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.
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 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. 
All 14 QIN-QIOs were awarded a four-year contract to improve immunization rates and reduce immunization disparities among Medicare beneficiaries.
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.
For the past 40 years, the QIO Program has steadily expanded its capacity to overcome barriers to health equity. Here are some highlights.
Fende Bokossah, R.N., credits the Adventist HealthCare project for helping her become a better patient educator and improve her own health.
By cultivating partnerships within local communities, REACH helps to effectively impact populations most vulnerable to health disparities.
Promising Practices offers more than 70 interventions to help physicians prevent and reduce disparities in cardiac-related conditions among minority populations.
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.
Three Quality Innovation Network-QIOs share best practices for engaging communities in diabetes prevention and management.
Meet Chisara Asomugha, the Senior Technical Advisor and Medical Officer for the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Improvement Group.
Known as the “silent killer,” high blood pressure often goes undetected until it causes heart disease or a stroke. One of the ways to reduce the severe health consequences of high blood pressure is by educating patients about the risks. 
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.
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.