Special Issue: CMS' 50th Anniversary

For the past five decades, Medicare and Medicaid programs have preserved the health and well-being of millions of American patients and families. Over the years, Medicare has transformed from a basic insurance provider for seniors to the standard for quality, affordable and innovative health care. This issue of QIO News honors the 50th anniversary of Medicare by reflecting on the work of the CMS Quality Improvement Organization Program over the years and exploring the role it plays in our health care system today.

Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, shares his perspective on the CMS QIO Program’s past and present contributions to health care delivery transformation. 
Tune in to our conversation with Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H., a former CMS executive and QIO Program director, as he discusses the QIO Program’s evolution to meet today’s health industry needs. 
Read how Quality Innovation Network-QIOs (QIN-QIOs) are leveraging CMS QIO Program national partnerships to achieve bold goals in health quality. 
Learn how Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-QIOs (BFCC-QIOs) give patients a voice and create a safe and responsive place for Medicare recipients to get support and information on care options and appeals. 
The CMS QIO Program is one of the largest federal programs dedicated to improving health quality at the community level, but it started as just a bill. Celebrate our history as we reach 50 years of evolution and innovation in health care. 
CMS’ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality is getting LEAN thanks to recent training at the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Here are some takeaways. 
The QIO Program is launching a new, free learning series that offers health care providers nationwide the opportunity to participate in virtual training events focused on health care quality improvement. The series, entitled​“Sharing Knowledge, Improving Health Care,” will feature training sessions led by recognized experts and thought leaders.
Did You Know?
Starting today, We will be posting 50 tips in 50 days on our website and social media in honor of CMS' 50th Anniversary. The shareable tips will offer advice on advocating for patient engagement, community health and more. Check our website daily and follow @QIOProgram on Twitter to join in the celebration and catch all 50