CMS Listens to Stakeholders During Special Session on Next Phase of QIO Program

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Special session participants at CMS headquarters

On Thursday, April 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a special session at CMS's headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland — simultaneously webcast for other health care quality stakeholders nationwide — to help inform the priorities and aims of the next phase of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program.

Besides providing a high-level overview of the QIO Program’s ongoing performance period — the so-called 11th Scope of Work, which lasts until July 31, 2019 — executives from the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality’s (CCSQ) Quality Improvement and Innovation Group (QIIG) sought stakeholder input on emerging goals and approaches like how to maximize national impact while minimizing administrative activities. Next, Dr. Cara James, director of CMS’ Office of Minority Health presented on The Role of Collaboration in Achieving Better Care and Better Health” and shared how various CMS collaborations are contributing to health equity.

When polled about which current QIO Program clinical focus areas should be continued in the next performance period, participants ranked care coordination, medication safety and nursing home care as the top three areas of priority. When asked which additional clinical areas of focus resonated the most with them, participants most often cited behavioral health integration, chronic disease management and palliative care.

Click here to view presentations from the special session, listen to a recording or download an audio transcript.

CMS leaders posed additional targeted questions to participants, including providers, and noted that stakeholders could continue to share their ideas and feedback by emailing them at QIOProgram@​cms.​hhs.​gov. Opportunities for public comment will also be communicated via The Federal Register and