Many Medicare beneficiaries need skilled nursing facility services at some point in their lives. But what can they do if they are not satisfied with the care received during their short-term nursing home stay?
New England QIN-QIO—the QIN-QIO serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont—is helping address the opioid crisis in Connecticut by engaging pharmacists to help better manage patients’ use of opioids.
A new video from HSAG—the QIN-QIO for Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands—tells one patient’s story about the impact of a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection, and highlights strategies that can help prevent future infections.
Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a new web-based toolkit provides technical bundles, literature reviews, sample protocols, and other resources to help improve safety for mechanically ventilated patients.
Dr. Arjun Srinivasan of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, discusses achievements and areas for improvement in health care-associated infection reduction.
In honor of their son, Nile, who lost his life to a bacterial infection, Ty and Carole Moss established a coalition of friends, entertainers and advocacy organizations to end unnecessary deaths from health care-associated infections.
From the announcement of $110 Million in ESRD Network Funding to a new report showing a 17 percent decline in hospital-acquired conditions, CMS had a lot of news to share at its 2015 conference. Read the highlights here.
Executives from several Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) and Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) shared best practices for collaborating to improve patient safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicate that significant progress is being made in reducing healthcare-associated infections and hospital-acquired conditions.
In an effort to reduce health care-acquired infections (HAIs), adverse drug events (ADEs) and hospital readmissions, Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and Hospital Engagement Networks (HENs) are working together to make hospitals safer, more reliable and less costly for both the facility and the patient.
Shari Ling, M.D., serves as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. She is responsible for assisting the CMS Chief Medical Officer in the agency’s pursuit of better patient care, healthier populations and communities, and lower costs through quality improvement. Dr. Ling’s long-standing focus is on achieving better health outcomes across the continuum of care through the delivery of high quality, beneficiary-centered care. She has a special interest in the treatment of people with multiple chronic conditions and functional limitations, as well as in reducing health disparities. She is a trained geriatrician and rheumatologist, a part-time faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a volunteer with several medical clinics.