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.
The QIN-QIO for Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee has a robust practice recruitment strategy that helps engage underserved beneficiaries living with diabetes from the onset of their diagnosis, greatly improving health outcomes and quality of life.
Health Services Advisory Group helped organize FitPHX Senior Field Day for more than 200 Phoenix-based seniors and used the event as an opportunity to engage directly with beneficiaries in need of diabetes self-management services.
The Texas QIN-QIO’s sustainability model has lead to a 14 percent increase in the number of certified diabetes educators in Texas since work began in 2010, with 95 percent of those educators continuing diabetes training following their certification.
Learn how the QIN-QIO for Colorado, Illinois and Iowa is working with community partners to fight health disparities and raise immunization rates by providing vaccine education and administration in select Chicago communities.
Brian Jack, M.D. is Professor of Family Medicine and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. As the Principal Investigator for the "Re-Engineered Discharge" (Project RED) process, he leads a research team whose work to improve hospital discharge processes has been adapted by the National Quality Forum as a national "Safe Practice" used in 50 states and over 10 countries.
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.
Research has shown that when patients are actively involved in their health care, they tend to have better outcomes. One emerging strategy that conveys this idea is shared decision-making (SDM) – the process of using medical evidence and patient values to come to a conclusion about treatment.
Virna Elly, a patient with Type 1 Diabetes and Chronic Kidney Disease, tells how becoming her own spokeswoman led to a life of educating others with chronic conditions and inspiring them to leverage every available resource to create a healthier life. The roots of her work in patient advocacy are in her childhood.
When John*, a Medicare beneficiary from West Virginia, enrolled in diabetes self-management education (DSME) classes through the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program, he had no idea they would end up saving his life.