Health care quality leaders nationwide are looking for innovative ways to better serve and care for those in rural communities. Here are three ways to improve access to quality care for rural patients.
Nearly eight percent of Medicare beneficiaries have limited English proficiency. A new guide from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of Minority Health aims to address the potential gaps in care that can result when a patient and provider don’t speak the same language.
The last day of the CMS Quality Conference brought together three former and present CMS administrators—Mark McClellan, Don Berwick and Andy Slavitt—to share their perspectives on the state of health care today and their vision for the future of quality improvement.
The November announcement adds Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals to the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks' (HIIN) nationwide contract and could help reduce adverse drug events and hospital readmissions for over two million American Indian and Alaska Natives in the United States.
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.
Quality improvement leaders from around the country came together to author a new book expressing the power of partnerships in health care and sharing best practices for creating a successful care team.
End-of-life planning is becoming an increasingly important topic in health care and quality improvement. These six tips aim to help patients and providers initiate the conversation and reach decisions all parties are comfortable with.
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.
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.
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.
Jean D. Moody-Williams, RN, MPP and Deputy Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), discusses the history and evolution of the CMS Quality Conference.
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.
Whether or not you are attending the event, check out these 10 tips to help you get the most out of the event. From following the conversation on Twitter to watching live-streamed sessions, there are many ways to stay engaged.
Executives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and several Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) shared valuable learnings about Collaborative development and operation at the first-ever Healthcare Learning Collaboratives conference in Baltimore.
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.
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.
Learn how Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-QIOs (BFCC-QIOs) give patients a voice and create a safe and responsive place for Medicare recipients to get support and information on care options and appeals.
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. Before being named CEO, Flaks served as Hartford Hospital’s COO and implemented the “How Hartford HealthCare Works” (H3W) campaign to create a culture of ownership and accountability.
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.