Top 10 Ways to Maximize Your CMS Quality Conference Experience (Even if You’re Not Present!)

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The 2015 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Conference will be three days packed with learning, sharing, networking and partnering opportunities. To help ensure that you get the most out of your conference experience, we have compiled a list of 10 tips for your consideration. Some of the tips will enable non-attendees to feel part of the event and to actively participate in current and future health quality discussions.

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

#2Follow and join in the conversation via Twitter. Search for and use the #CMSQualCon15 conference hashtag and make sure to follow @QIOProgram. Need help using social media? Just visit the Social Media Help Desk across from the Grand Ballroom.

#3Earn Continuing Education Credits by enrolling in Master Classes. These brief workshops, to be held on December 2, are designed to break down barriers between programs and focus on the art and science of quality improvement.

#4Coordinate 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.

#5Take 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 level and take time to read the posters about recent health quality projects and initiatives conducted by conference attendees. Poster authors will be available to answer your questions at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday December 2.

#6View the live stream of the daily plenary sessions. If you can’t be at the conference in person, be sure to visit each morning to see and hear the featured speakers in real-time. Plenary sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Tues., Dec. 1: 8:30 – 11:15 a.m. Eastern
  • Weds., Dec. 2: 8:3010 a.m. Eastern
  • Thurs., Dec. 3: 9:3011:30 a.m. Eastern

#7Watch daily video recaps and provide feedback. At the start of Days 2 and 3 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.

#8Connect with potential partners. The 2015 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, including at Apropoe’s restaurant and gathering place.

#9Sign up for and read QIO News. Our January 2016 issue will be devoted to highlights and takeaways from the 2015 CMS Quality Conference. Each month, we bring you news and stories from CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization Program, tied to important editorial themes like patient safety and long-term care. Sign up for QIO News here.

#10Join 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.