We can say with assurance that the work we have been doing at the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program is successfully transforming the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries nationwide. QIOs have embraced national level initiatives like improving cardiovascular health and nursing home quality, and have effectively pushed them through at the community level with the help of strategic partnerships. Indeed, QIOs’ grassroots efforts to bring together health care stakeholders – including patients and their families – in ongoing conversation and collaboration are truly making a positive difference in people’s lives.
In this issue of QIO News, we share with you a number of stories that demonstrate the QIO Program’s ongoing success. Examples include the Oklahoma QIO’s fostering of community partnerships to help implement the Million Hearts™ campaign and improve the cardiovascular health of Native Americans in that state. We also highlight the Mississippi QIO’s successful collaboration with providers in Meridian, Miss. to improve diabetes self-management education for African-American Medicare beneficiaries. These and other stories provide evidence that our quest to promote prevention and patient empowerment are working, along with our efforts to improve overall patient safety and quality.
Jean Moody-Williams, R.N., MPP
Director, Quality Improvement Group
Center for Clinical Standards and Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services