2018 CMS Quality Conference: Patients Over Paperwork

The 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference brought together nearly 2,600 stakeholders from across CMS, the Department of Health & Human Services, CMS Quality Networks, health care providers and patient and family advocates to discuss the importance of putting patients at the center of health care quality improvement efforts. This issue of QIO News provides a recap of the two-and-a-half day event and highlights some of the key priorities for CMS, including addressing the opioid epidemic, reducing rural health disparities, and lowering administrative burden for providers.

Fresh off her plenary keynote at the 2018 CMS Quality Conference, CMS Administrator Seema Verma shares her main takeaways, including why putting patients over paperwork is so critical for quality improvement. 
The 2018 CMS Quality Conference opened with a call to action from Quality Improvement and Innovation Group leadership, and a keynote address from CMS Administrator Seema Verma on the need to put patients first. 
The second day of the 2018 CMS Quality Conference focused on the need for a more patient-focused health care system that gives clinicians and patient and family advocates the tools, time and resources they need to improve care outcomes. 
The last day of the 2018 CMS Quality Conference featured a motivational message from the award-winning former associate chief information officer of the Internal Revenue Service, the presentation of two Health Equity Awards, and some closing inspirational words from CMS leadership. 
If a person with Medicare has concerns about the quality of Medicare-covered health care she or he has received, here’s what they can do to try to resolve the issue. 
Officially declared a public health emergency in 2017, opioid misuse has reached nearly every community in the United States. At the 2018 CMS Quality Conference, physicians, advocates and other health care leaders discussed steps to be taken to confront this growing crisis. 
Health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, March 14 for its next National Disparities Learning & Action Network online training, which will focus on addressing the opioid epidemic and managing chronic pain in rural communities. 
Did You Know? 
The 2018 CMS Quality Conference official hashtag, #CMSQualCon18, reached over 18 million individuals and was a top trending health care conference. Click here for a recap of social media activity from the conference.