Behavioral Health

May is National Mental Health Month, a time to recognize the importance of preventing and treating mental illnesses. In recognition, this issue of QIO News looks at how the QIO Program and its national and community partners are working to increase access to mental and behavioral health services for beneficiaries. We also explore how improvements to long-term care have had a positive impact on older adults’ mental and physical health.

The QIO Program’s subject matter expert for behavioral health provides some early insights on how six Quality Innovation Network-QIOs are progressing with their new behavioral health activities. 
Learn about the progress of the CMS initiative that launched in April 2015 to improve long-term care quality and delivery across the country. 
Last month, health care industry researchers and thought leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss the industry implications of person-centered care. 
atom Alliance shares tips to help primary care providers successfully integrate behavioral health screenings into their practices. 
A recent CMS webinar explored the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance use issues among older adults. 
See the progress QIN-QIOs are making to improve identification of behavioral health conditions among beneficiaries in primary care and care transition settings. 
Stakeholders from across the health care industry joined forces at the recent CMS Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Summit to accelerate the transformation to paying providers for quality and outcomes, rather than volume. 
Clinical quality measure (CQM) owners and/​or developers who want to have new measures considered for inclusion in one of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality programs may submit measures now. 
Did You Know?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Dr. Paul McGann, Chief Medical Officer for Quality Improvement; Jean D. Moody-Williams, Deputy Director, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality; and Dennis Wagner, Director, Quality Improvement and Innovation Group, have been selected as Citizen Services finalists for the 2016 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (SAMMIES), which recognize outstanding individuals in public service. McGann, Moody-Williams and Wagner were nominated for their successful efforts in increasing patient safety and reducing preventable patient harm in U.S. hospitals through the CMS Partnership for Patients initiative. Their efforts resulted in an estimated 2.1 million fewer medical errors and saved nearly 87,000 lives. Click here to learn more.