Monique Ndenecho, MPH serves as the Technical Advisor for Communications and Outreach with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ). In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing communications for the CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program. She also has led the CMS Quality Conference Planning Workgroup for the past two years, helping with all aspects of conference planning and execution. Before joining CMS, she served as a public health advisor with the Office of Communications at the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Ndenecho received her bachelor’s degree in health administration and policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and her master of public health degree from Morgan State University.
Q. How have you seen the CMS Quality Conference grow and change over the years?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference has grown to be a unique opportunity to bring together national health care leadership from across CMS, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), CMS quality improvement contractors, and other key public and private stakeholder organizations. The conference intentionally takes advantage of this networking opportunity to integrate Quality Networks in a way that fosters collaboration and drives new directions for health care quality improvement nationwide. It’s all about actions that lead to results.
Q. What prompted the change in venue this year to the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel?
At our most recent 2018 event, the conference convened approximately 2,500 attendees, We’ve chosen a new venue this year, the Hilton Baltimore, to allow us to accommodate approximately 3,300 attendees. The new venue offers us the ability to offer more break-out sessions for attendees as well. As the conference grows, we look forward to working together to achieve larger-scale change in health care quality.
Q. What are some new features that attendees of the conference can expect this year?
The early 2019 timing of the conference will allow attendees to hear directly from CMS leaders regarding new initiatives for the year. Conference activities and sessions will build on these new priorities.
Q. As someone who works at CMS, what does this year’s theme of “Innovating for Value and Results” mean to you personally?
As an employee of CMS and beneficiary of health services in the United States, “Innovating for Value and Results” means strategizing around the best results at the best cost for all people. It’s simply committing to a competitive American health care system that delivers affordable, high-quality care at a sustainable cost.
Q. Can you provide a sneak peek of any of the keynote speakers for this year’s conference?
I’m excited to announce that Seema Verma, the CMS Administrator, will be opening the conference.
Q. Anything else you’d like readers to know?
I’m looking forward to seeing you later this month. For those of you who can’t attend, be sure to visit the conference website to learn more about how you can participate in the plenary sessions virtually. Presentations for all breakout sessions will be posted on the conference website post-conference as well.