The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ QIO Program recently awarded 11 Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations funding for 14 Special Innovation Projects. Read about them here. 
The QIO Program’s Strategic Innovation Engine seeks innovative quality improvement practices. 
At CMS’ second annual IT Conference, leaders discussed upcoming changes to the Blue Button service that will empower patients to better use their health data. 
A new mobile app from Atlantic Quality Innovation Network helps clinicians determine if and when patients should stop anticoagulants prior to elective surgery. 
The QIO Program’s Strategic Innovation Engine is seeking health care industry stakeholders to submit self-created or adapted innovative practices by July 12016
The new round of awards will fund up to 28 collaborative, two-year projects focused on innovation in quality health care delivery and expanding the scope and national impact of quality programs. 
Last month, health care industry thought leaders came together in Washington, D.C. to discuss the changing landscape of physician practice. 
The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition’s peer-to-peer mentoring program successfully reduced missed appointments among dialysis patients. Find out more about peer support and self-management. 
Learn how the Quality Improvement Organization Program's newest component will help identify and spread quality improvement best practices among health care providers. 
See the numbers behind the successes that QIN-QIOs and home health agencies are achieving when it comes to heart attack and stroke prevention. 
On day one of the CMS Quality Conference, top CMS officials spoke about recent strides in health care transformation, focusing on the steps required to continue in the right direction. 
On day two of the CMS Quality Conference, leaders in quality improvement discussed the importance of considering the patient’s unique voice in all aspects of care, urging attendees to treat the patient-provider relationship as a partnership based on mutual respect. 
The​"LEAN 201" Master Class at the CMS Quality Conference provided lessons on improving and speeding up change transitions, while ensuring a lasting infrastructure. 
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP -- President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement -- shares some of his latest endeavors and thoughts on quality improvement ahead of his keynote presentation at the 2015 CMS Quality Conference. 
Learn which QIN-QIOs will be conducting quality improvement projects that address issues of quality specific to their local service areas or that expand the scope and national impact of interventions that have had proven but limited success. 
CMS’ Chief Medical Officer for Quality Improvement reveals his goals and priorities for the QIO Program, including data transparency and alignment with other quality programs and initiatives. 
From identifying patient needs to maintaining education records, HSAG shares best practices for leveraging health record data to improve patient outcomes and safety. 
Kentucky’s Meaningful Use Workgroup is prescribing health IT for all care settings and strategizing how to get patients engaged for better care coordination. 
CMS has tallied numbers for year one of the QIO Program’s five-year performance period, and recruitment is exceeding expectations. See the data. 
A partnership of the state’s eight top-performing health care systems aims to help communities achieve their highest potential in health. 
Following are 10 top takeaways shared by presenters and participants. 
Shiree Southerland, CMS Subject Matter Expert for the QIO Program’s adult immunization work, shares an inside look at the expanding scope of QIN-QIOs’ immunization-related activities and their goal to increase vaccination rates for Medicare beneficiaries. 
Read why this Washington-based provider was named the 2014 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control champion. 
The QIN-QIO for Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin came up with a visually compelling way to highlight facts about adult immunizations and its immunizations-related work. 
A high-profile health care provider, leading medical organization and a QIN-QIO partner to help educate primary care teams on the implementation of an evidence-based blood pressure control regimen. 
CMS QIO Program experts share tips to help Medicare beneficiaries take charge of their preventive care. 
Tune in to our conversation with Stephen F. Jencks, M.D., M.P.H., a former CMS executive and QIO Program director, as he discusses the QIO Program’s evolution to meet today’s health industry needs. 
The CMS QIO Program is one of the largest federal programs dedicated to improving health quality at the community level, but it started as just a bill. Celebrate our history as we reach 50 years of evolution and innovation in health care. 
CMS’ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality is getting LEAN thanks to recent training at the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value. Here are some takeaways. 
New media campaign aims to promote awareness of the patient experience and encourage open discussion of topics involving palliative and geriatric care. 
The two two-year projects, with combined maximum funding of $10 million to regional QIN-QIOs, will align with the goals of the CMS Quality Strategy and emphasize the power of partnerships. 
Telligen brings community pharmacists to the table for new perspectives on patient care and outcomes. 
Patrick Conway, M.D., MSc, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Acting Principal Deputy Administrator, shares his perspective on the CMS QIO Program’s past and present contributions to health care delivery transformation. 
Learn how KEPRO and Livanta are helping beneficiaries who have a complaint about the quality of their care or who want to appeal a provider’s decision. 
Three Quality Innovation Network-QIOs share best practices for engaging communities in diabetes prevention and management.
What does a process improvement system originated by Toyota in the 1940s mean for the QIO Program? 
Jeffrey A. Flaks is Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Hartford HealthCare (HHC), a more than $2 billion health care system based in Connecticut’s state capital. Flaks previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hartford Hospital, HHC’s flagship tertiary care center.
An inside look at at the latest QIO stories.