Staff from two different QIN-QIOs took on C. diff interventions at nursing homes across four states, resulting in measurable success. 
Staff from two QIN-QIOs took on C. diff interventions at nursing homes across four states, resulting in measurable success. 
A registered nurse and subject matter expert for the QIO Program’s long-term care work, Angel Davis provides an update on the CMS partnership with the CDC to improve efforts to fight C. diff in nursing homes. 
The Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®) tool is being used to evaluate patients' ability to manage their health and wellness — and keep them out of care facilities and in their homes. 
April’s Medication Safety LAN event will examine how to strike a balance in medication regimens and will discuss resources for providers and patients. 
CMS and the CDC are calling on nursing homes to continue reporting data on Clostridium difficile in the final push of a nearly two-year initiative to better understand the impact of infections in the U.S.
This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released data showing continued progress in improving patient safety — a signal that initiatives led by CMS are helping to make care safer. 
Many Medicare beneficiaries need skilled nursing facility services at some point in their lives. But what can they do if they are not satisfied with the care received during their short-term nursing home stay? 
CMS’ antibiotic stewardship subject matter expert shares with QIO News the latest updates about QIN-QIOs’ efforts to better manage the use of antibiotics in clinical settings. 
New England QIN-QIO — the QIN-QIO serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — is helping address the opioid crisis in Connecticut by engaging pharmacists to help better manage patients’ use of opioids. 
A new video from HSAG — the QIN-QIO for Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands — tells one patient’s story about the impact of a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection, and highlights strategies that can help prevent future infections. 
Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a new web-based toolkit provides technical bundles, literature reviews, sample protocols, and other resources to help improve safety for mechanically ventilated patients. 
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. 
HIINs will pursue ambitious goals in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program. 
Learn how health care providers, patients and stakeholders can get involved with the observance and help men make health a priority. 
Dr. Arjun Srinivasan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, discusses achievements and areas for improvement in health care-associated infection reduction. 
In honor of their son, Nile, who lost his life to a bacterial infection, Ty and Carole Moss established a coalition of friends, entertainers and advocacy organizations to end unnecessary deaths from health care-associated infections. 
In honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week, we share tips for enhanced patient/​provider collaboration in improving care quality and safety. 
Learn how health care providers, patients and stakeholders can get involved with the observance and help pave the way to a higher quality of care. 
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. 
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. 
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP -- President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement -- shares some of his latest endeavors and thoughts on quality improvement ahead of his keynote presentation at the 2015 CMS Quality Conference. 
From identifying patient needs to maintaining education records, HSAG shares best practices for leveraging health record data to improve patient outcomes and safety. 
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. 
The QIO Program’s second, cost-free virtual training event is scheduled for November 2015. Find out the details. 
Shiree Southerland, CMS Subject Matter Expert for the QIO Program’s adult immunization work, shares an inside look at the expanding scope of QIN-QIOs’ immunization-related activities and their goal to increase vaccination rates for Medicare beneficiaries. 
Read why this Washington-based provider was named the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control champion. 
CMS QIO Program experts share tips to help Medicare beneficiaries take charge of their preventive care. 
CMS’ Government Task Leader for the QIO Program’s Nursing Home Task highlights the QIN-QIOs’ work with long-term care facilities. 
Ridgeview Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing has set the bar high among senior living facilities with 94+ weeks without an acquired in-house pressure ulcer. 
Telligen brings community pharmacists to the table for new perspectives on patient care and outcomes. 
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. 
Tune in to our conversation with Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H., a former CMS executive and QIO Program director, as he discusses the QIO Program’s evolution to meet today’s health industry needs. 
Read how Quality Innovation Network-QIOs (QIN-QIOs) are leveraging CMS QIO Program national partnerships to achieve bold goals in health quality. 
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. 
All health care stakeholders can take an active role in the observance, which takes place March 8-14
The QIO Program’s Patient Safety Program Lead discusses how QIN-QIOs are building on past successes to make health care safer across multiple settings. 
IPRO, the organization leading the Atlantic Quality Innovation Network, recently developed some free tools to help providers prevent adverse drug events. 
A QIN-QIO’s pilot project in Florida shows promise for delivering tailored interventions and education to hospital units. 
A vibrant 72-year-old woman’s life was changed after a scheduled hip replacement surgery did not go as planned. 
Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicate that significant progress is being made in reducing healthcare-associated infections and hospital-acquired conditions. 
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute shares its findings on how transparency can facilitate safer care. 
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 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.