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  • Celebrating Five Years of QIO Program Success

    July 14, 2019

    As the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program 11th Scope of Work (SoW) comes to an end, leaders at the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group (QIIG) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) are celebrating the last five years of health care quality improvement. In this

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  • Quality of Life Q&A with Meagan Khau, CMS Office of Minority Health

    July 08, 2019

    As director of the Data and Policy Analytics Group (DPAG) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), Meagan Khau helps lead research that informs policies to reduce health disparities and improve quality of care in older adults and people with disabilities. At DPAG, Khau also assists in developing

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  • How Home Health Aides Can Improve Senior Independence

    July 08, 2019

    Maintaining personal independence is a key goal for anyone’s journey in aging, and it can’t be done without also considering health concerns. For many, that means finding the right home health aides, Julie Hershberg, a professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California, said during a June 11 Parkinson’s Foundation

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  • QIOs in Action: Focusing on Populations with the Greatest Need

    July 08, 2019

    Health care quality improvement is not just about improving health; it is about improving health in a way that fosters equitable opportunities for and access to care for all members of the population regardless of geography, race, ethnicity, income or other socioeconomic differences. Aggregated health indicator data often masks health disparities

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  • These QIN-QIOs Tackled Malnutrition to Improve Beneficiary Wellness

    July 08, 2019

    Health disparities are the differences in health outcomes that are closely linked to social, economic and environmental disadvantages. Race and ethnicity, disability status, rural residency, socioeconomic status and other characteristics can create disparities, including malnutrition that have far-reaching consequences. Over the past five years,

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  • Did You Know?

    July 08, 2019

    Aging in place lets seniors live in their residence of choice without losing quality of life for as long as they can. When beneficiaries make this decision, planning ahead is one of the most important things to do in order to ensure success and smooth transitions. Read tips here.

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  • BFCC-QIO Changes that Affect Medicare Patients and Health Care Providers

    July 08, 2019

    Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) work under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help people with Medicare exercise their right to high-quality health care. BFCC-QIOs manage complaints from Medicare patients and quality of care reviews. On June 7, 2019, the

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  • Long-Term Care Q&A: Angel Davis

    June 03, 2019

    Angel Davis is a registered nurse and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ subject matter expert for the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s long-term care work. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing Quality Innovation Network-QIO (QIN-QIO) quality improvement activities with long-term care facilities. She

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  • Use Person-Centered Language to Reduce Alzheimer’s Stigma

    June 03, 2019

    For those with Alzheimer’s disease, one of the keys to living a better life is to reduce the public stigma around the condition. While the stereotype stems from associations with the most severe stages, many people with Alzheimer’s live independent, active lives, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Shana Stites said in an American Society on

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  • Can This Metrics-Based Tool Improve Patient Health?

    June 03, 2019

    The Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®) tool, according to those implementing and overseeing its use, is making a difference. It comprises a set of progressively difficult questions (typically 10) that indicate a person’s level of abilities, from understanding their responsibility to care for themselves to sticking to routines even in times of

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  • Register Now for the June National Disparities LAN Event

    June 03, 2019

    The Quality Improvement Organization(QIO) Program will hold its next National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET. During this free webinar, featured speakers will discuss how various Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) have addressed

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  • Did You Know?

    June 03, 2019

    People 65 or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. As summer begins and temperatures start to rise, be vigilant in staying cool and hydrated. Learn more about risks and prevention here.

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  • QIOs in Action: Reducing the Risks of Clostridioides difficile

    June 03, 2019

    In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection (CDI) caused almost half a million infections in a single year. A major health threat that is lethal to 14,000 patients yearly, the bacterial infection is most risky for seniors with weakened immune systems and people who are in

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