Top 10 Tips for Maximizing Your CMS Quality Conference Experience

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The 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference may be at capacity, but both registrants and non-attendees alike can stay up-to-date with daily conference developments, engage with participants and share learnings. Following is a list of 10 tips to help maximize your in-person or virtual conference experience.

#1 – Download the Quality Conference App for up-to-the minute information, poll participation and networking with other attendees. Don’t have an Android or iPhone smartphone? Access the agenda via the conference website here and the online networking community here.

#2 – Follow and join in the conversation via Twitter. Use the #CMSQualCon16 conference hashtag and follow @QIOProgram, as well as the conference social media ambassadors. Need help using social media? Visit the Social Media Help Desk across from the Grand Ballroom.

#3 – Earn Continuing Education Credits by enrolling in Master Classes. These brief workshops, to be held on December 14, are designed to break down barriers between programs and focus on the art and science of quality improvement. Register for these classes on the conference website.

#4 – Coordinate note-taking and dissemination of learnings back home. If you’re attending the CMS Quality Conference with colleagues from your organization, divide and conquer; decide who will attend particular sessions and take notes, then agree on how you will consolidate and share your lessons learned with team members back home.

#5 – Take a healthy and educational stroll through the Gallery Walk. As health quality movers and shakers, we need to practice what we preach and stay active. Walk up the escalator or stairs to the fourth floor and take time to read the posters about recent projects and initiatives conducted by conference attendees. Poster authors will be available to answer your questions from 2:002:50 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13 and Wednesday, December 14.

#6 – View the live stream of the daily plenary sessions. If you cannot be at the conference in person, be sure to visit the CMS Quality Conference website each morning to watch the featured speakers in real time. Plenary sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, Dec. 13: 8:30 – 10:15 a.m. ET
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14: 8:3010:00 a.m. ET
  • Thursday, Dec. 15: 8:3010:00 a.m. ET

#7 – Watch daily video recaps and provide feedback. At the start of days two and three of the conference, you will have the opportunity to view a brief video recap of the prior day’s events, as well as to make suggestions for improvement. We value your feedback and want to make sure you receive the most value out of the conference.

#8 – Connect with potential partners. The 2016 CMS Quality Conference is all about partnerships and collaboration, so make sure to engage in one-on-one or small group discussions in your free time. The Marriott Waterfront has lots of cozy nooks and corners, as well as an on-site restaurant and gathering place.

#9 – Sign up for and read QIO News. Our January 2017 issue will be devoted to highlights and takeaways from the 2016 CMS Quality Conference. Each month, we bring you news and stories from CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization Program, tied to important editorial themes like care coordination and long-term care. Sign up for QIO News here.

#10 – Catch up on what you missed. Videos of each of the plenary and breakout sessions will be available a few weeks after the conference ends on December 15. Visit the conference website to watch, learn, and share!

Finally, join us for future events and sharing opportunities. Throughout the year, there are numerous ways to stay engaged with CMS quality programs and continue the discussion:

  • Providers can sign up to attend the free quarterly virtual training webinars hosted by the National Coordinating Center for Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations. To learn more, contact QINNCC@​area-​d.​hcqis.​org.
  • The CMS Innovation Center invites anyone with a stake in health care quality to submit ideas on how care can be delivered and paid for in ways that lower costs while improving quality. Learn more here.