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Monday, September 9, 2019

Healthcare Innovation magazine applauds HSAG for diabetes self-management success

The national industry magazine Healthcare Innovation this month featured HSAG’s success in diabetes education. HSAG was responsible for teaching nearly 16,000 Medicare beneficiaries about diabetes self-management and exceeded that goal by educating more than 25,000 people. The diabetes self-management education has been a huge success in teaching Medicare recipients how to live more healthfully despite having diabetes. 

HSAG is one of 14 Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) in the country. QIN-QIOs work with healthcare providers, community partners, patients and caregivers on data-driven quality improvement initiatives designed to improve care for Medicare beneficiaries. HSAG is the QIN-QIO for California, Arizona, Florida, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Healthcare Innovation article draws from an interview on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) QIO Program news site wherein CMS’ Paul McGann, MD, congratulates HSAG for its work in teaching diabetes self-management. McGann is the CMS chief medical officer for quality improvement in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality in the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group.

“[HSAG] was tasked with educating nearly 16,000 people with Medicare about diabetes self-management,” McGann said in the interview. “This was an enormous stretch goal for them, but they ended up exceeding it by 60 percent, educating, in total, 25,368 people with Medicare.”

The article highlights the work done by HSAG and other QIOs during the 11th scope of work. That phase of work lasted for five years and wrapped up in July. New contracts will begin again soon that will have similar goals but with even more focus on behavioral health and patient safety.

The Healthcare Innovation article, titled “CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization Program to Sharpen Focus on Chronic Disease Management,” can be found here.

Healthcare Innovation has published healthcare magazines since 1980. The publication covers the healthcare industry and includes analysis for its readers, which range from senior executives to physician leaders and other influential groups.