2017 QIO Program Progress Report Shows Patients Remain the Focus of Quality Improvement Activities

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s quality improvement initiatives and beneficiary advocacy activities took a major step forward in 2017, according to the latest QIO Program Progress Report.

The report, which includes data-driven results and success stories from the 14 Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-QIOs and two Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC)-QIOs, covers topics ranging from nursing home quality and immunizations to behavioral health and medication safety.

A few of the QIO Program’s achievements last year included the launch of phase two of the Campaign for Meds Management, the start of the second CMS National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative, and the debut of the BFCC-QIOs’ Beneficiary Healthcare Navigation Program.

The report is also forward-looking, providing insights into new CMS priorities such as addressing the opioid epidemic, reducing provider burden and improving access to health care in rural communities.

The 2017 QIO Program Progress Report is online at progressreport.qioprogram.org, where a printable version is also available for download. Please consider taking this brief survey to help the QIO Program evaluate and improve the report.