As the QIO Program 11th Scope of Work comes to an end, CMS leaders are celebrating five years of health care quality improvement. In this special issue of QIO News, Quality Improvement and Innovation Group Director Dennis Wagner and Chief Medical Officer for Quality Improvement Dr. Paul McGann reflect on the progress made so far — and the evolution they see ahead. 
The second day of the 2019 CMS Quality Conference included speakers from CMS and partner organizations discussing the importance of meaningful measurement and improving health outcomes for priority populations. 
Use these tips to stay up-to-date on daily conference developments, engage with participants and make the best of your experience. 
Innovative efforts are underway to improve the sharing of health care quality best practices through regional patient and family advisory councils. 
The executive director of OpenNotes discusses how the organization is leading a movement to make medical office visit notes more accessible to patients. 
Three years after its launch, the initiative has reached nearly 5,000 clinicians and more than eight million patients. 
During the June National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) webinar, experts provided recommendations on communicating with Deaf, hard-of-hearing, blind and visually-impaired patients. 
The president of the National Community Pharmacists Association discusses the important role that community pharmacists play in providing patient-centered care in underserved areas. 
With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set to take its Innovation Center on a new path, more than 1,000 individuals and organizations across the country weighed in with their top priorities. 
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. 
Whether attending in person or watching sessions through the livestream, use these tips to stay up-to-date on daily conference developments, engage with participants and maximize your experience. 
The QIO Program’s Strategic Innovation Engine seeks innovative quality improvement practices. 
The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tells QIO News about his experience at the 2016 CMS Quality Conference and the important intersection of public health and health care. 
Resilience, partnership, engagement and recognition were all major themes for the first day of the CMS Quality Conference. 
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 conference may be at capacity, but both registrants and non-attendees alike can stay up-to-date with daily conference developments, engage with participants and share learnings. 
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. 
Two QIO Program leaders were recently recognized for their work improving the quality of care for people with diabetes. Here’s why. 
CMS recently announced a new contract award to facilitate quality and operational improvements in Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals across the country. 
Join us for the next National Learning & Action Network virtual training to explore​“Effective Co-Management of Mental and Physical Chronic Conditions,” on Tuesday, November 1
Get the high-level scoop on CMS’ new Quality Payment Program from its chief strategist and champion of stakeholder engagement. 
Join us for the next free National Learning & Action Network virtual training focused on​“Driving Safer Care” on Tuesday, August 2
CMS' Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity, Shantanu Agrawal, MD discusses the evolving landscape in men's health, and the Center for Program Integrity's goals for the future. 
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
Learn how health care providers, patients and stakeholders can get involved with the observance and help men make health a priority. 
See the progress QIN-QIOs are making to improve identification of behavioral health conditions among beneficiaries in primary care and care transition settings. 
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. 
The QIO Program’s subject matter expert for behavioral health provides some early insights on how six Quality Innovation Network-QIOs are progressing with their new behavioral health activities. 
Learn about the progress of the CMS initiative that launched in April 2015 to improve long-term care quality and delivery across the country. 
Last month, health care industry researchers and thought leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss the industry implications of person-centered care. 
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. 
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. 
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. 
Beneficiaries, providers and QIN-QIOs are invited to join the next National Learning and Action Network (LAN) call, focused on promoting effective communication and coordination of care. 
Learn how the Quality Improvement Organization Program's newest component will help identify and spread quality improvement best practices among health care providers. 
Learn how health care providers, patients and stakeholders can get involved with the observance and help pave the way to a higher quality of care. 
Get a sneak peek at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2015 Quality Improvement Organization Program Progress Report, as well as at an upcoming Learning and Action Network Summit. 
See the numbers behind the successes that QIN-QIOs and home health agencies are achieving when it comes to heart attack and stroke prevention. 
Learn more about several free educational opportunities in February for health care providers and stakeholders who are committed to improving cardiac health. 
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. 
The​"LEAN 201" Master Class at the CMS Quality Conference provided lessons on improving and speeding up change transitions, while ensuring a lasting infrastructure. 
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. 
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. 
The QIO Program’s second, cost-free virtual training event is scheduled for November 2015. Find out the details. 
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’ Government Task Leader for the QIO Program’s Nursing Home Task highlights the QIN-QIOs’ work with long-term care facilities. 
Learn about the CMS initiative that launched in April 2015 to improve care for nursing home residents across the country. 
Thelma Botelho, a 92-year-old terminally ill patient and former jazz singer, found her voice again after her doctor encouraged her to do what she loved in her waning days. 
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. 
The Director of the CMS Office of Minority Health sits down with QIO News to discuss the challenges and opportunities for eliminating health disparities today. 
Read our overview of the report and then download and share it. 
The QIO Program’s Patient Safety Program Lead discusses how QIN-QIOs are building on past successes to make health care safer across multiple settings. 
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.
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. 
Meet Dennis Wagner, the new acting director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Improvement Group.