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CMS’ Annual Report Highlights QIN-QIOs’ contributions to national health quality improvement for Medicare beneficiaries

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, is proud to announce that it is featured in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) newly released 2016 QIO Program Progress Report. Quality Insights is one of 14 QIN-QIOs that contributed to the Program’s success in improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries throughout the United States.

Quality Insights was featured at the 2017 American Health Quality Association (AHQA) Quality Summit May 31in Baltimore, presenting, “Innovative Audience Outreach: Education through e-Learning and Animation.”

Quality Insights' Chief Information Officer (CIO) Nathan Gibson was recently quoted as an IT Privacy and Security expert in Medical Economics magazine. Please refer to pages 32-37 of the magazine to ​view the article, "Security Risk Assessments: Difficult but Necessary."

Quality Insights’ Senior Health Services Researcher Josh Nyirenda, PhD, was recently selected by the National Quality Forum (NQF) to serve on its National Quality Partners (NQP) Leadership Consortium.




 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a contract to Quality Insights to help small practices in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia prepare for and participate in the new Quality Payment Program, established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
 
 

On December 13, 2016, Quality Insights received an award for its work in reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions and hospital-acquired infections over the past five years. The award was presented at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Quality Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
 
Quality Insights’ efforts leading to the award supported the national Partnership for Patients initiative, created in 2011 by CMS’ Dr. Paul McGann, Dennis Wagner, and Jean D. Moody-Williams.  The trio recently received 2016 Federal Employee of the Year awards for the initiative and, in turn, recognized organizations that made Partnership for Patients a success.  To date, it has saved 87,000 lives and $20 billion, and reduced patient harms by 2.1 million.
 

The West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) announced today that it will become Quality Insights beginning January 1, 2017.  The name change aligns the entire company with its existing Quality Insights branded projects and emphasizes its commitment to measuring and improving health care quality.

WVMI's Board of Directors has selected Sven T. Berg, MD as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Dr. Berg, WVMI’s Chief Medical Officer since 2011, will succeed John Wiesendanger who is retiring after 17 years as CEO.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network two new Special Innovation Projects.  One is aimed at reducing opioid misuse and diversion.  The second focuses on increasing usage of Medicare’s Annual Wellness Visit.  Both projects seek to improve care in five states:  Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
 

Dr. Sven Berg appears with Dr. Keith Kanel of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative


On June 1, 2016, Sven Berg, MD, MPH, CPE, FAAP, Chief Medical Officer for Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network and Keith T. Kanel, MD, MHCM, FACP, Chief Medical Officer for Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), served on a panel of experts that discussed successful partnerships at the annual meeting for the American Health Quality Association (AHQA) in Baltimore, Maryland.
 


WVMI Director of IT Operations/Privacy and Security Officer Nathan Gibson was recently featured in CIO Magazine as a cybersecurity expert in the article, “Should hospitals pay up when it comes to ransomware?”

In the article, Gibson explains the rising incidences of ransomware attacks are largely due to so many organizations paying the ransom. He also shares that prevention, such as having backups, a response plan and performing regular risk assessments, is key to combating data losses associated with a ransomware attack.

HHQI Offering Free CEUs   (4/1/2016)

WVMI's Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign is offering free continuing education for nurses through HHQI University.  The newest course available in the catalog provides strategies for meeting the needs of caregivers and patients with long-term healthcare needs, particularly Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia.

The latest program progress report recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) highlights how Quality Innovation Network-QIOs (QIN-QIOs) nationwide are bringing together local providers, partners and other stakeholders to achieve bold goals in healthcare quality improvement.



WVMI & Quality Insights’ Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign recently presented “One Giant Leap for Preventive Cardiovascular Care,” a free interactive webinar featuring nationally renowned hypertension specialist John Flack, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACP, FASH. Dr. Flack shared practical approaches to preventing and managing hypertension during his one-hour keynote address. View the recording now. 

A representative of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) lauded that Dr. Flack’s presentation was, “The best I have listened to on the subject. Very patient centered in terms of actual management.” Nearly 500 live participants concurred based on highly positive feedback shared with event organizers. 

Dr. Flack is a professor and chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. He has been named a “Top Doctor” from the Who’s Who Global Directory, was named one of Detroit’s “Super Doctors” and was Academic Physician of the Year from Oklahoma University School of Medicine. In 2009 the Detroit News named him Michiganian of the Year.

The HHQI National Campaign provides free resources to help home health agencies make a positive impact on patients’ health care and ultimately, their quality of life. Nearly 15,000 individuals are actively participating in the initiative and represent 5,500 home health agencies nationwide. Learn more at www.HomeHealthQuality.org or contact HHQI@wvmi.org.

MARC Featured in QIO News   (3/1/2016)

The Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition's Peer Up! project was featured in this month's QIO News, a national publication from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services QIO program.  Read the story on the QIO program Web site.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded WVMI three regional End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network program contracts.

Anita Somplasky,  Director of Transformation and Measure Development Services at WVMI & Quality Insights, has been appointed co-chair of a new Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) advisory committee tasked with recommending ways to make a tool for comparing certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

WVMI d/b/a Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network has been awarded two new projects by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. These data-driven quality initiatives will improve patient safety, reduce harm and improve clinical care in three states:  Delaware, Louisiana and West Virginia.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network last month marked the one-year anniversary of its formation as the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  Already, more than 1,900 hospitals, physician offices, home health agencies and nursing homes are reaping the benefits of the new network approach to healthcare quality improvement.  

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network has been awarded a new project by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve influenza and pneumococcal immunization rates in four states:  Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

New organization will use cutting-edge technology to improve patient health, lower costs, and provide individually-tailored care.

Local doctors in the Mountain State will soon have a new partner to help keep their patients healthy. Maryland-based Aledade, Inc. has announced a partnership with WVMI to help independent primary care physicians in the state form and operate an Accountable Care Organization (ACO).

Aledade partners with independent doctors to create and run ACOs, networks of physicians who band together to deliver coordinated care to patients. They operate under a payment structure that rewards positive health outcomes for patients, instead of the volume of health care services delivered.