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 second day of the 2019 CMS Quality Conference included speakers from CMS and partner organizations discussing the importance of meaningful measurement and improving health outcomes for priority populations. 
Alliant Quality collaborated with a local chapter of the American College of Physicians to dramatically increase the number of pneumococcal immunizations in Georgia. Here’s how. 
Alliant Quality collaborated with a local chapter of the American College of Physicians to dramatically increase the number of pneumococcal immunizations in Georgia. Here’s how. 
The Department of Health & Human Services’ Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services is requesting nominations for seven new non-federal members to join its efforts towards improving health outcomes for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. 
The 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference explored how changing payment and measurement systems are helping to transform health care. 
The Director of CMS’ Nursing Homes Division discusses the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes' progress in reducing antipsychotic medication usage. 
Two QIO Program leaders were recently recognized for their work improving the quality of care for people with diabetes. Here’s why. 
Fresh off its win of a national award for efforts to increase immunization rates among at-risk seniors in Chicago, a powerful Illinois partnership seeks to reach even more beneficiaries. 
The U.S. population is getting older and increasingly interested in​“aging in place.” Learn how a Maryland program is helping low-income seniors live healthier lives at home. 
In recognition of Independence Day, the New England Quality Innovation Network shares tips and resources on how to encourage and support senior independence and quality care coordination. 
Learn about the progress of the CMS initiative that launched in April 2015 to improve long-term care quality and delivery 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. 
Get a sneak peek at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2015 Quality Improvement Organization Program Progress Report, as well as at an upcoming Learning and Action Network Summit. 
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. 
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. 
Executives from several Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) and Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) shared best practices for collaborating to improve patient safety. 
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. 
Executives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and several Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) shared valuable learnings about Collaborative development and operation at the first-ever Healthcare Learning Collaboratives conference in Baltimore. 
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. 
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. 
Kentucky’s Meaningful Use Workgroup is prescribing health IT for all care settings and strategizing how to get patients engaged for better care coordination. 
A partnership of the state’s eight top-performing health care systems aims to help communities achieve their highest potential in health. 
The QIO Program’s second, cost-free virtual training event is scheduled for November 2015. Find out the details. 
CMS’ Chief Medical Officer for Quality Improvement reveals his goals and priorities for the QIO Program, including data transparency and alignment with other quality programs and initiatives. 
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. 
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. 
CMS awards six QIN-QIOs a four-year contract to improve the identification of depression and alcohol use disorder among Medicare beneficiaries. 
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. 
A high-profile health care provider, leading medical organization and a QIN-QIO partner to help educate primary care teams on the implementation of an evidence-based blood pressure control regimen. 
Read why this Washington-based provider was named the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control champion. 
Learn how CMS’ Everyone with Diabetes Counts program helped one Medicare beneficiary take charge of his health before it was too late. 
CMS’ Government Task Leader for the QIO Program’s Nursing Home Task highlights the QIN-QIOs’ work with long-term care facilities. 
Quality Insights partners with public libraries to promote diabetes self-management education in New Jersey. 
Learn about the CMS initiative that launched in April 2015 to improve care for nursing home residents across the country. 
Telligen brings community pharmacists to the table for new perspectives on patient care and outcomes. 
Ridgeview Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing has set the bar high among senior living facilities with 94+ weeks without an acquired in-house pressure ulcer. 
Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, shares his perspective on the CMS QIO Program’s past and present contributions to health care delivery transformation. 
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. 
Read how Quality Innovation Network-QIOs (QIN-QIOs) are leveraging CMS QIO Program national partnerships to achieve bold goals in health quality. 
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. 
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. 
Learn about the Community Health Improvement Navigator, a new digital resource aimed at supporting effective, sustainable community health initiatives. 
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. 
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. 
In an effort to reduce health care-acquired infections (HAIs), adverse drug events (ADEs) and hospital readmissions, Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) are working together to make hospitals safer, more reliable and less costly for both the facility and the patient.