Preventive Care

One of the keys to long-term good health is taking appropriate preventive measures. Regular preventive care like getting a flu shot can help Medicare beneficiaries stay healthy and active. In recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month, this issue of QIO News is focused on preventive services.

Shiree Southerland, CMS Subject Matter Expert for the QIO Program’s adult immunization work, shares an inside look at the expanding scope of QIN-QIOs’ immunization-related activities and their goal to increase vaccination rates for Medicare beneficiaries. 
Read why this Washington-based provider was named the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control champion. 
Learn how CMS’ Everyone with Diabetes Counts program helped one Medicare beneficiary take charge of his health before it was too late. 
The QIN-QIO for Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin came up with a visually compelling way to highlight facts about adult immunizations and its immunizations-related work. 
A high-profile health care provider, leading medical organization and a QIN-QIO partner to help educate primary care teams on the implementation of an evidence-based blood pressure control regimen. 
CMS QIO Program experts share tips to help Medicare beneficiaries take charge of their preventive care. 
Did You Know?
If Medicare beneficiaries haven’t previously received a herpes zoster vaccination at the recommended age of 60, the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan will cover their immunization, although their co-pay may vary.