Community Health Improvement

The CMS QIO Program is one of the largest federal programs dedicated to improving health quality at the community level. Since Community Health Improvement Week is May 31-June 6, QIO News is dedicating this issue to exploring how the Program works in partnership with patients and families, providers, community organizations and other health care stakeholders to improve the quality of care and life for Medicare beneficiaries.

CMS’ Government Task Leader for the QIO Program’s Coordination of Care Task highlights the QIN-QIOs’ efforts in improving care transitions and coordination of care. 
Learn about the Community Health Improvement Navigator, a new digital resource aimed at supporting effective, sustainable community health initiatives. 
Together with Serving Seniors, HSAG brought together more than 20 community partners and health providers to offer resources and health screenings to around 350 seniors. 
The Central Virginia Transitions Collaborative breaks down walls and opens up communications among providers and community organizations pursuing common goals. 
Quality Insights partners with public libraries to promote diabetes self-management education in New Jersey. 
Telligen brings community pharmacists to the table for new perspectives on patient care and outcomes. 
All 14 QIN-QIOs were awarded a four-year contract to improve immunization rates and reduce immunization disparities among Medicare beneficiaries. 
Did You Know?
Community organizations or patient advocates may contact their regional BFCC-QIO for a free presentation on how Medicare beneficiaries can file quality of care complaints or discharge appeals, as well as seek Immediate Advocacy. Presentations will be conducted via webinar or in-person, depending on your location. Contact your BFCC-QIO for details!