CMS’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation highlights recent initiatives that have saved Medicare millions of dollars while improving patient care at home and at the doctor’s office. 
HIINs will pursue ambitious goals in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program. 
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. 
CMS' National Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Team was recently recognized for its work in reducing patient harm and readmissions in hospitals across the United States. 
CMS awards six QIN-QIOs a four-year contract to improve the identification of depression and alcohol use disorder among Medicare beneficiaries. 
Healthcentric Advisors collaborated with Rhode Island health professionals to develop community-wide hospital standards and study their effectiveness in reducing readmissions. 
One in five hospital stays are complicated by a post-discharge adverse event and one in four readmissions occur within 30 days as the result of poor discharge care caused by rushed communication and poor handoffs. 
Within 30 days of being discharged from the hospital, about one in five Medicare beneficiaries are re-hospitalized, and as many as three in four of those readmissions could have been prevented. The process by which patients move from hospitals to other care settings is increasingly problematic as hospitals shorten lengths of stay and as care becomes more fragmented. To improve care transitions and quality of care, Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) across the country are working to build multi-stakeholder coalitions, identify the root causes of readmissions, select interventions and put them into action. 
An inside look at the recent events surrounding the QIOs.