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.
This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released data showing continued progress in improving patient safety—a signal that initiatives led by CMS are helping to make care safer. 
The coordinator of CMS’s National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes discusses how the Partnership is working to enhance the quality of life for people with dementia, including reducing the use of antipsychotics. 
Wide-reaching changes outlined by CMS last month aim to reduce drug costs, address opioid overprescribing and remove regulatory obstacles to higher quality care. 
The director of the CMS Office of Minority Health (OMH) discusses the difference between achieving equity and equality, and how CMS OMH is working to close the care quality gap among underserved populations. 
Fresh off her plenary keynote at the 2018 CMS Quality Conference, CMS Administrator Seema Verma shares her main takeaways, including why putting patients over paperwork is so critical for quality improvement. 
The 2018 CMS Quality Conference opened with a call to action from Quality Improvement and Innovation Group leadership, and a keynote address from CMS Administrator Seema Verma on the need to put patients first. 
The second day of the 2018 CMS Quality Conference focused on the need for a more patient-focused health care system that gives clinicians and patient and family advocates the tools, time and resources they need to improve care outcomes.
The last day of the 2018 CMS Quality Conference featured a motivational message from the award-winning former associate chief information officer of the Internal Revenue Service, the presentation of two Health Equity Awards, and some closing inspirational words from CMS leadership.
Officially declared a public health emergency in 2017, opioid misuse has reached nearly every community in the United States. At the 2018 CMS Quality Conference, physicians, advocates and other health care leaders discussed steps to be taken to confront this growing crisis.
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.
Follow these influencers on Twitter for insights and commentary during this year’s conference.
CMS’s Janet Wright discusses the latest achievements and new goals and priorities for Million Hearts®.
As a longtime public health official with the Department of Health and Human Services, Lieutenant Commander Fred Butler, Jr. reflects on how the CMS Quality Conference has evolved over the years to include a wide group of stakeholders from throughout the health care community.
Health Quality Innovators, TMF Quality Innovation Network and Quality Insights share about how the CMS Quality Conference has changed the way they work to improve health care delivery to Medicare recipients and why they are looking forward to this year’s conference.
Health Quality Innovators, TMF Quality Innovation Network, and Quality Insights share about how the CMS Quality Conference has changed the way they work to improve health care delivery to Medicare recipients and why they are looking forward to this year’s conference.
Leaders of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Improvement and Innovation Group provide a sneak peek at the 2018 CMS Quality Conference.
Following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, QIN-QIOs mobilized resources to assist with disaster recovery efforts and improve access to health care for beneficiaries in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Here's what they learned. 
When patients face health care challenges, such as ineffective hospital discharge plans, they can turn to Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) for help. Here’s one patient’s story.
When patients face health care challenges, such as ineffective hospital discharge plans, they can turn to Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) for help. Here’s one patient’s story.
The leaders of CMS’ Quality Improvement and Innovation Group discuss the QIO Program’s achievements in 2017 and what health care stakeholders can expect to see from the Program in 2018.
Taking a more active role in one’s health care, or in the care of a family member, can improve short and long-term health outcomes. A new program from the QIO Program’s Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) is helping patients and caregivers do just that. 
CMS’ subject matter expert for the Everyone with Diabetes Counts program provides an update on the QIO Program’s work in the area of diabetes care.
The 2018 CMS Quality Conference will bring together 2,500 health quality stakeholders in Baltimore, Maryland to discuss strategies for advancing patient-centered care. Here’s a sneak peek.
Health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, November 8, for its next National Learning & Action Network online training, which will focus on physician engagement and diabetes prevention.
CMS’ Patient and Family Engagement Adviser talks about operationalizing CMS’ Person and Family Engagement (PFE) Strategy and how she came to be a patient advocate.
Health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, October 11 for its next Medication Safety National Learning & Action Network online training, which will focus on patient activation and prescription drug monitoring.  
Peripheral Diabetic Neuropathy often gets missed until it’s too late, but proper foot care—including regular exams—can reduce the risk of amputation. 
CMS' Subject Matter Expert for Quality Reporting provides an update on the Quality Payment Program, how clinicians are being helped to succeed under the program, and related resources.
CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program Patient Safety Lead shares how the QIO Program and stakeholders across the health care spectrum are working to address the opioid epidemic and improve the safety of opioid prescribing.
There is more to Medicare than just hospital stays and sick visits to a physician. Find out what other benefits and rights Medicare beneficiaries have. 
An expert with CMS’s Office of Minority Health shares new resources to help Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations, physicians, family members and other stakeholders improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities. ­ 
Providers and other health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, July 12, for its next Medication Safety National Learning & Action Network online training.  
CMS is seeking input from health care quality stakeholders—including the general public—on the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s next five-year performance period, commencing August 1, 2019.
The new report provides highlights from the third year of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program, featuring data-driven results and success stories from the 14 Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-QIOs and two Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC)-QIOs.
Knowing the warning signs of peripheral artery disease and regular preventive examinations can help prevent diabetes-related lower extremity amputations. 
CMS’s new care coordination subject matter expert shares QIO Program priorities, initiatives and tips for improving care coordination and reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions.
CMS’s long-term care subject matter expert shares the latest updates about the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative and the QIO Program’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care in long-term care facilities.
Online training sessions from the QIN National Coordinating Center are now available to help nursing homes prevent and manage Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections and promote antibiotic stewardship.    
Forty-six percent of Americans with hypertension do not have their disease under control. Help the Million Hearts® initiative spread hypertension best practices by nominating a health system, practice or individual to become a Hypertension Control Champion.
Native Americans are at an increased risk for diabetes. HSAG—the QIN-QIO serving Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—recently launched its first diabetes self-management education (DSME) training classes in Northern California to help spread best practices for diabetes care among the area’s Native American population.
Native Americans are at an increased risk for diabetes. HSAG—the QIN-QIO serving Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands—recently launched its first diabetes self-management education (DSME) training classes in Northern California to help spread best practices for diabetes care among the area’s Native American population.
The forum on April 20 will bring together health care community stakeholders to discuss high priority areas for addressing emerging health and health care delivery issues and priorities. 
Providers and other health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Tuesday, May 2 for its next National Learning & Action Network virtual training entitled, “Immunization: Everyone’s Responsibility.”   
The director of the Program Alignment and Partner Engagement group at CMS’ Office of Minority Health shares with QIO News how the office is leveraging partnerships to reduce health disparities in vulnerable populations.
In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a $20 million award to 11 community health organizations to provide technical support and education about the Quality Payment Program to small physician practices.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) leaders share their thoughts on the impact of health disparities in the Medicare community, as well as ways that CMS and the QIO Program are working to achieve health equity.
CMS’ antibiotic stewardship subject matter expert shares with QIO News the latest updates about QIN-QIOs’ efforts to better manage the use of antibiotics in clinical settings.
CMS’ Cardiac Program Lead shares with QIO News the latest updates about QIN-QIOs efforts to improve the cardiac health of Medicare beneficiaries.
The CMS Quality Conference kicked off its second day focusing on the increasingly important role of health care partnerships in achieving health equity and improving patient safety.
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.
Several major announcements and new initiatives were unveiled at this year’s CMS Quality Conference, including promising new data, the CMS’ Person and Family Engagement Strategy, and a Million Hearts initiative extension, among others. Here’s a roundup of the news.
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.
At the 2016 CMS Quality Conference, Andy Slavitt shared what he has learned from his experience at CMS and his perspective on how to move the ball forward when it comes to improving care and engaging patients.
Resilience, partnership, engagement and recognition were all major themes for the first day of the CMS Quality Conference. 
Here’s who to follow on Twitter for ongoing insights and commentary from this year’s conference.
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.
Since launching the CMS Equity Plan for Medicare in September 2015, the CMS Office of Minority Health has developed new resources to help reduce disparities in health outcomes among vulnerable populations.
New members will play a key role in reviewing and evaluating submissions received in response to a health care community-wide call for innovative practices.
CMS' Acting Principal Deputy Administrator shares his perspectives on the upcoming CMS Quality Conference.
The projects will focus on two areas, addressing issues of quality occurring within the QIN-QIOs’ local service area and expanding the scope and national impact of quality improvement interventions that have proven success in limited areas or scope.
The Director of CMS’ Nursing Homes Division discusses the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes' progress in reducing antipsychotic medication usage.
CMS recently announced a new contract award to facilitate quality and operational improvements in Indian Health Service (IHS) hospitals across the country. 
Register now for the 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Quality Conference in Baltimore, December 13-15!
HIINs will pursue ambitious goals in reducing hospital-acquired conditions and readmissions in the Medicare program.
CMS Technical Advisor for Communications and Outreach discusses the mission, focus and impact of the agency’s Person & Family Engagement Affinity Group.
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.
Clinical quality measure (CQM) owners and/or developers who want to have new measures considered for inclusion in one of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) quality programs may submit measures now.
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. 
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.    
See the numbers behind the successes that QIN-QIOs and home health agencies are achieving when it comes to heart attack and stroke prevention. 
Attention Providers: Join us for our next National Learning & Action Network (LAN) Call, Trends in Patient and Family Engagement! 
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. 
Top officials from population health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, discussed the need for collaboration to improve the health of our nation's communities.
The "LEAN 201" Master Class at the CMS Quality Conference provided lessons on improving and speeding up change transitions, while ensuring a lasting infrastructure.
Kate Goodrich, MD, MHS, newly named Director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality at CMS, shares her 2016 priorities and provides some tips on effective collaboration in health quality improvement.
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. 
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.
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. 
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Dennis Wagner, the new acting director of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Improvement Group.