Health Equity

April is National Minority Health Month, which seeks to raise awareness of the health disparities that continue to affect racial, ethnic and geographic minorities across the country. In recognition, this issue of QIO News is focused on the work of the QIO Program and its national and community partners to reduce health care disparities and strive for health equity. 

The Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Health at CMS shares recent accomplishments, current activities and future plans in the office’s pursuit of health equity. 
The CMS Equity Plan provides an action-oriented, results-driven approach for reducing disparities among minority populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and more. 
Last month, health care industry thought leaders came together in Washington, D.C. to discuss the changing landscape of physician practice. 
A beneficiary reflects on how a DSME program helped to change his attitude, improve his lifestyle and promote chronic disease self-management. 
End-of-life planning is becoming an increasingly important topic in health care and quality improvement. These six tips aim to help patients and providers initiate the conversation and reach decisions all parties are comfortable with. 
Quality improvement leaders from around the country came together to author a new book expressing the power of partnerships in health care and sharing best practices for creating a successful care team. 
Beneficiaries, providers and QIN-QIOs are invited to join the next National Learning and Action Network (LAN) call, focused on promoting effective communication and coordination of care. 
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. 
Did You Know?
CMS has published the 2015 QIO Program Progress Report. Available now to view and download, the report discusses updates from the second year of the QIO Program’s five-year performance period, highlights data-driven results from QIN-QIOs and BFCC-QIOs, and shares success stories illustrating the recent progress that has been made. Take this brief survey to help the QIO Program evaluate and improve the report.