As the QIO Program 11th Scope of Work comes to an end, CMS leaders are celebrating five years of health care quality improvement. In this special issue of QIO News, Quality Improvement and Innovation Group Director Dennis Wagner and Chief Medical Officer for Quality Improvement Dr. Paul McGann reflect on the progress made so far — and the evolution they see ahead. 
The 2019 CMS Quality Conference concluded with an inspirational speech from a former HHS Secretary, the presentation of two Health Equity Awards, discussions about rural health and clinical practice transformation, and a closing request from CMS leadership. 
Researchers at the Georgia Health Policy Center delivered their training module on "Understanding the Rural Landscape" with attendees of the 2019 CMS Quality Conference. 
On December 12, there will be a free online training for QIN-QIOs, providers, practitioners, partners, and beneficiaries and their families. Learn more about the event. 
CMS’ Office of Minority Health is accepting nominations until December 7 for its second annual Health Equity Award. Nominate an organization today. 
Health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, June 13 for its next National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event on effective communication strategies for deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and visually impaired patients. 
Nearly eight percent of Medicare beneficiaries have limited English proficiency. A new guide from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health aims to address the potential gaps in care that can result when a patient and provider don’t speak the same language. 
The director of the CMS Office of Minority Health (OMH) discusses the difference between achieving equity and equality, and how CMS OMH is working to close the care quality gap among underserved populations. 
The last day of the 2018 CMS Quality Conference featured a motivational message from the award-winning former associate chief information officer of the Internal Revenue Service, the presentation of two Health Equity Awards, and some closing inspirational words from CMS leadership. 
An expert with CMS’s Office of Minority Health shares new resources to help Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations, physicians, family members and other stakeholders improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities.