2019 CMS Quality Conference Roundup

The 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference took place in late January and convened patients, advocates, providers, researchers and health care quality improvement leaders to develop and spread solutions for some of America’s most pervasive health system challenges. This issue of QIO News shares stories and key takeaways from the annual event.

Day one of the 2019 CMS Quality Conference featured the CMS Administrator recounting successes from the past year and looking ahead at 2019, as well as inspiring stories from an ESRD patient thriving on dialysis and a bioethicist who overcame opioid dependency. 
The second day of the 2019 CMS Quality Conference included speakers from CMS and partner organizations discussing the importance of meaningful measurement and improving health outcomes for priority populations. 
The 2019 CMS Quality Conference concluded with an inspirational speech from a former HHS Secretary, the presentation of two Health Equity Awards, discussions about rural health and clinical practice transformation, and a closing request from CMS leadership. 
At the 2019 CMS Quality Conference, physicians, researchers, advocates and other health care leaders discussed steps to be taken to confront the growing opioid crisis. 
Researchers at the Georgia Health Policy Center delivered their training module on "Understanding the Rural Landscape" with attendees of the 2019 CMS Quality Conference. 
In honor of American Heart Month, this article highlights how Atlantic Quality Innovation Network implemented Million Hearts® interventions in small primary care settings serving the South Asian community in New York City. 
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You can view and download photos from the 2019 CMS Quality Conference on the QIO Program’s Flickr page here.