The QIO Program is involved in a variety of campaigns and initiatives that are closely tied to its clinical priorities. Many of these are fully or partly run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Following are some of the campaigns and initiatives in which the QIO Program’s Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) are involved:
Campaign for Meds Management (CMM): The CMM aims to promote the patient voice, experience and recommendations as a critical factor in helping providers and patients manage high-risk medications safely, efficiently and effectively. The campaign helps QIN-QIOs in their work reducing Adverse Drug Events.
Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC): CMS developed EDC — a diabetes self-management education program offering evidence-based training — to improve health outcomes and quality of life among disparate and underserved Medicare beneficiaries. It is administered by the 14 QIN-QIOs as part of their Diabetes Care activities.
Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI): This CMS initiative has been dedicated to improving the quality of care provided to American’s home health patients. HHQI provides home health practitioners and partners with a variety of free resources, including evidence-based tools, timely data reports and educational opportunities. QIN-QIOs serve as HHQI Network Coordinators and are part of the Stakeholder Work Committee.
Medication Management and Opioid Initiative (MMO): In alignment with national action towards improving medication management and opioid misuse, CMS is focused on patients and improving their health outcomes, reducing unnecessary utilization, and generating cost savings for public and private payers. Our intent is to generate commitments from clinicians, practices and improvement networks and organizations to be in action by signing the MMO Pledge. This pledge will be open to all clinicians and partners to complete.
Million Hearts®: Established in 2012 by the Department of Health and Human Services, and co-led by CMS and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this national initiative aims to prevent a million cardiovascular events within five years. The Million Hearts 2022 framework’s priorities include keeping people healthy, optimizing care and improving outcomes for priority populations. In alignment with this initiative, QIN-QIOs focus on improving cardiac risk reduction and improving blood pressure measurement and control as part of their Cardiac Health activities.
National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign (NNHQI): Launched in 2006 as the Advancing Excellence Campaign with the goal of making nursing homes better places to live, work and visit, the campaign evolved into a national movement focused on quality improvement. In August 2016, CMS took over the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign and renamed it NNHQI. QIN-QIOs continue to sustain the campaign’s mission as part of their Nursing Home Care activities.
Rx Awareness Campaign: The Rx Awareness campaign tells the real stories of people whose lives were torn apart by prescription opioids. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness that prescription opioids can be addictive and dangerous. The campaign also strives to decrease the number of individuals who use opioids recreationally or overuse them.
Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI): The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is designed to help clinicians achieve large-scale health transformation. The initiative is designed to support more than 140,000 clinician practices over the next four years in sharing, adapting and further developing their comprehensive quality improvement strategies.