Senior Independence

This issue of QIO News is focused on how the QIO Program is working to ensure that people with Medicare have access to high-quality home health care, particularly in rural communities. 

Gary Norman discusses how he combines his professional skills as a lawyer with his personal experience as a blind person to address health care disparities for people with disabilities. 
CMS released its first Rural Health Strategy in May 2018 to advance the state of rural health care in America and contribute to the agency’s goals of putting patients first and improving their quality of care. 
Three years after its launch, the initiative has reached nearly 5,000 clinicians and more than eight million patients. 
The new three-pronged approach aims to combat an epidemic that is impacting six out of every 1,000 Medicare beneficiaries. 
During the June National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) webinar, experts provided recommendations on communicating with Deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and visually-impaired patients. 
Did You Know?
The next Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event is titled​“Changing the Conversation around Medication Use: Understanding and Promoting the Factors that Influence Positive Behavior” and will take place on Wednesday, July 11, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET. Click here to register!