Enhancing Care Coordination & Announcing the 2016 QIO Program Progress Report

In celebration of Community Health Improvement Week (June 4 – 10), this issue of QIO News looks at how the QIO Program is working to improve community health by reducing hospital readmissions and coordinating care for Medicare beneficiaries as they move from a hospital to the home or to other community health care facilities.

CMS’s new care coordination subject matter expert shares QIO Program priorities, initiatives and tips for improving care coordination and reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions. 
The new report provides highlights from the third year of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program, featuring data-driven results and success stories from the 14 Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-QIOs and two Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC)-QIOs.
CMS is seeking input from health care quality stakeholders — including the general public — on the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s next five-year performance period, commencing August 12019
Inspired by one patient’s experience, atom Alliance — the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) serving Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee — has created a tool to address the threat posed by overprescribing medications. 
Knowing the warning signs of peripheral artery disease and regular preventive examinations can help prevent diabetes-related lower extremity amputations. 
The Department of Health & Human Services’ Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services is requesting nominations for seven new non-federal members to join its efforts towards improving health outcomes for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.