A Look at 2018 

In this year-end issue, we reflect on some accomplishments and lessons learned for the QIO Program in 2017, as well as what's coming in the year ahead. We also look at how the Program is putting patients first by helping them take an active role in their care. 

The leaders of CMS’ Quality Improvement and Innovation Group discuss the QIO Program’s achievements in 2017 and what health care stakeholders can expect to see from the Program in 2018
Taking a more active role in one’s health care, or in the care of a family member, can improve short and long-term health outcomes. A new program from the QIO Program’s Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) is helping patients and caregivers do just that. 
Following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, QIN-QIOs mobilized resources to assist with disaster recovery efforts and improve access to health care for beneficiaries in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Here's what they learned. 
When patients face health care challenges, such as ineffective hospital discharge plans, they can turn to Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) for help. Here’s one patient’s story. 
Speaking at a recent patient-centered care conference, TV legend Alan Alda said that personal engagement with patients is the key to delivering better health care outcomes. Read more about his personal experiences with the health care system. 
Did You Know?
On November 2, CMS finalized the rules for the 2018 Quality Payment Program and Physician Fee Schedule. These rules aim to reduce provider burden and lower drug prices. Click here to learn more.