In 2014 the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program was restructured following the passage of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Extension Act of 2011 (Trade Law). This gave the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) flexibility to separate the QIO Program functions of quality improvement initiatives from Medicare beneficiary protection work. Two Beneficiary and Family Centered Care QIOs (BFCC-QIOs) manage all beneficiary complaints and appeals across the nation. BFCC-QIOs work in partnership with health care providers to:
- Bring the voices of beneficiaries and families into health care case review activities to increase communication and improve the care experience.
- Inform health care providers about medical record review activity at their facility. This is done through the facility’s designated QIO liaison. Your facility can select and designate its QIO liaison by notifying your BFCC-QIO in writing.
- Monitor and administer physician acknowledgement statements for hospitals.
- Monitor and administer provider Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs).
You can find your state’s BFCC-QIO below.
BFCC-QIO Contact Information by Region or State
Northeast and Caribbean:
Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Virgin Islands, Vermont
Mid-Atlantic and Southeast:
Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
Mountain, North Central, and South:
Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington