Preventive Care

This issue of QIO News focuses on how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Quality Improvement Organization Program are promoting preventive care for Medicare beneficiaries, including opioid and prescription medication safety, wellness visits and immunizations.

CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program Patient Safety Lead shares how the QIO Program and stakeholders across the health care spectrum are working to address the opioid epidemic and improve the safety of opioid prescribing. 
There is more to Medicare than just hospital stays and sick visits to a physician. Find out what other benefits and rights Medicare beneficiaries have. 
Providers and other health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, August 9 for its next National Learning & Action Network online training, titled​“Mastering Hypertension to Achieve Heart Health.” 
Learn how the New England Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — partnered with a local Spanish-language public radio station to encourage immunizations and improve population health. 
The foot pain caused by peripheral diabetic neuropathy can be unbearable for people with diabetes and can lower their quality of life. Here are tips for beneficiaries on how to prevent and manage the most common form of diabetic neuropathy. 
HealthInsight — the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) serving Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah — is collaborating with pharmacy chains in its four-state region to boost vaccination rates among older adults. 
Did You Know?
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s NIAM page for resources on how to help health care practitioners communicate the importance of immunizations during the awareness month.