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  • Q&A with Precious McCowan, End Stage Renal Disease Patient and Advocate

    March 06, 2019

    Precious McCowan was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD) a decade ago and has since devoted her life to advocating for patients with the illness. She currently serves as a member of the ESRD Network 14 Patient Advisory Council (PAC), the Medical Review Board (MRB), the National Patient and Family Engagement-Learning and Action Network

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  • Closing the Awareness Gap: The Diabetes and Kidney Disease Relationship

    March 06, 2019

    Approximately one-quarter of the nearly 30 million American adults with diabetes have chronic kidney disease (CKD)—kidney damage or decreased kidney function that becomes life-threatening over time. Two Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) spotted an opportunity to

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  • 3 Tips to Maximize Care Quality for People with Type 2 Diabetes

    March 06, 2019

    Providing care to the 12 million seniors over age 65 living with diabetes poses a unique set of challenges. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, diabetes kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined, so the stakes are high. To help health care providers

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  • 5 Steps for Giving a Voice to Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease

    March 06, 2019

    About 662,000 Americans are being treated for end stage renal disease (ESRD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While ESRD can impact people of any age, the illness dramatically affects the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beneficiary population. In people aged 65 through 74 worldwide, an estimated 20

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  • QIOs In Action: Alliant Quality Brings Diabetes Self-Management to Georgia Dialysis Centers

    March 06, 2019

    According to The American Diabetes Association,1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, and one in three individuals are projected to develop type 2 diabetes by 2050. Furthermore, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015. However, evidence shows the use of diabetes self-management education

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  • Register: March National Disparities LAN Event on Investing in Health Equity

    March 06, 2019

    The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold its next National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET. This free online training, titled, “Investing in Health Equity: Funding, Cost Savings, and Return on Investment,” will discuss: Funding health equity efforts

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  • Did You Know?

    March 06, 2019

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of people with Medicare who have advanced kidney disease don’t see a nephrologist before developing kidney failure. Get the facts and help ensure better patient outcomes by visiting the CDC website.

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  • Quality Conference Day 1: Innovating for Results in Quality Improvement

    February 11, 2019

    ESRD and the Patient Experience The 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference kicked off on a patient-centered note with Precious McGowan and her inspiring story of a decade-long battle with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Despite her illness and dealing with organ transplants, hospital stays and dialysis, McGowan

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  • Quality Conference Day 2: Meaningful Measurement and Outcomes for Priority Populations

    February 11, 2019

    Meaningful Measures Michelle Schreiber, director of CMS’ Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, kicked off the second day of the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference discussing how, through technology, greater interoperability and alignment of measures can be achieved. “The future is very

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  • Quality Conference Day 3: Celebrating Health Equity Successes and Committing to Value

    February 11, 2019

    Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Wrapping up the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference on January 31, Dr. Paul Rosen, medical officer for CMS’ Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), said he discovered the secret to improving health care, and it was just four simple words: “Listen to the

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  • 4 Takeaways on Curbing Opioid Abuse and Misuse

    February 11, 2019

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 130 people die every day from opioid overdose—both from prescription and illicit drugs—and at least half of all deaths involve a prescription opioid. Opioid abuse was a central focus of the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference, both

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  • 3 Steps for Understanding the Rural Landscape

    February 11, 2019

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rural Americans are at greater risk of death from five leading causes than urban Americans. To help overcome this disparity, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in May 2018 launched its first Rural Health Strategy to improve access and quality of care for rural

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  • QIOs in Action: Project IMPACT Improves Cardiovascular Health for South Asians

    February 11, 2019

    According to a report published last month in Circulation, South Asians (from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) are at higher risk of death from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) compared to other Asian groups and non-Hispanic whites. This is due to a unique profile of elevated risk factors such

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  • Did You Know?

    February 11, 2019

    You can view and download photos from the 2019 CMS Quality Conference on the QIO Program’s Flickr page here.

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