Patient and Family Engagement 

This issue of QIO News features stories about how the QIO Program and health care quality stakeholders are increasing patient and family engagement activities to improve care outcomes. 

Leaders from the CMS Person & Family Engagement (PFE) Affinity Group discuss recent steps to better integrate a person-centered approach across the agency and what’s next for the CMS PFE Strategy. 
While progress in reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease has stalled, initiatives like Million Hearts® are coordinating actions to keep people healthy, optimize care and improve outcomes. 
A recent environmental scan of patient and family engagement best practices showed that using beneficiaries as advisors in QIN-QIOs’ decision-making processes led to better health care outcomes. 
CMS’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation highlights recent initiatives that have saved Medicare millions of dollars while improving patient care at home and at the doctor’s office. 
Innovative efforts are underway to improve the sharing of health care quality best practices through regional patient and family advisory councils. 
Did You Know?
On Wednesday, October 10, the QIO Program is hosting a Medication Safety LAN event on exploring pain management strategies. Click here to learn more about the event and to register!