Enhancing the Patient Experience 

This issue of QIO News explores how the QIO Program and other health care stakeholders are working to enhance patient health by reducing hospital readmissions, improving medication safety and ensuring coordinated care.

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released data showing continued progress in improving patient safety — a signal that initiatives led by CMS are helping to make care safer. 
With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set to take its Innovation Center on a new path, more than 1,000 individuals and organizations across the country weighed in with their top priorities. 
The president of the National Community Pharmacists Association discusses the important role that community pharmacists play in providing patient-centered care in underserved areas. 
A new, evidence-based toolkit developed by Health Services Advisory Group is helping hospitals evaluate and reduce readmissions that occur within seven days of discharge. 
Health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, June 13 for its next National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event on effective communication strategies for deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and visually impaired patients. 
Did You Know?
June is National Men’s Health Month. The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Learn more here