Healthy Aging

This issue of QIO News focuses on how healthy lifestyles and preventive care contribute to healthy aging and enhanced quality of life. In observance of Healthy Aging Month, we will share stories about how the QIO Program and other health care stakeholders are encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to take charge of their own health – phys­i­cally, socially and mentally.

Jeneen Iwugo, newly named Deputy Director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group (QIIG) in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) at CMS, shares what’s ahead for the QIO Program in year two of its five-year performance period. 
CMS awards six QIN-QIOs a four-year contract to improve the identification of depression and alcohol use disorder among Medicare beneficiaries. 
Read how one family’s diabetes education helped transform their health and motivated them to spread knowledge and healthy eating practices. 
Learn how the QIN-QIO for Colorado, Illinois and Iowa is working with community partners to fight health disparities and raise immunization rates by providing vaccine education and administration in select Chicago communities. 
Check out some key highlights from this recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) event focusing on healthy lifestyles and preventive care. 
Fifth webinar in collaborative’s learning series addresses importance of community health workers to population health and clinical care in frontier and rural communities. 
Did You Know? 
Medicare offers an Initial Preventive Physical Exam (IPPE) -- also known as the​“Welcome to Medicare Preventive Visit” -- as an introduction to Medicare and covered benefits. Medicare pays for one IPPE per beneficiary per lifetime, with the goal of promoting health and disease prevention and detection. This visit is different from a​“routine physical checkup” that seniors may get every year from their physician, and it must be completed within the first 12 months of the effective date of the beneficiary​’s coverage period.