Quality Insights Featured in 2016 QIO Program Progress Report


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.
The annual QIO Program Progress Report highlights how QIN-QIOs nationwide are bringing together local providers, partners and other stakeholders to achieve bold goals in health care quality improvement. It includes findings from the third year of the Program’s five-year performance period and features recent success stories from around the country, data-driven results from QIN-QIOs and Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care (BFCC)-QIOs, and top takeaways from the 2016 CMS Quality Conference.
“2016 was an outstanding year for both QIN-QIOs and BFCC-QIOs. QIN-QIOs were especially successful in achieving impactful results in the areas of care coordination, diabetes care and nursing home care,” said Dennis Wagner, Director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group (QIIG) within CMS’ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. “QIN-QIOs’ work contributed to more than 24,300 hospital readmissions avoided, more than 27,800 beneficiaries educated in diabetes self-management, and a 21 percent reduction in inappropriate antipsychotic medication usage at nursing homes throughout the United States. Together, QIN-QIOs and BFCC-QIOs helped improve the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of care provided to our nation's Medicare beneficiaries,” he concluded.
In Quality Insights’ five-state network, more than 2,300 people with Medicare have taken classes to learn how to control their diabetes, and individual success stories are posted on the organization’s website on a regular basis. More than 1,100 nursing homes are working on various quality improvement projects, and the results are evident. One Louisiana home’s pain rate dropped 84%, and a West Virginia nursing home’s antipsychotic use rate dropped from 21% down to only 3.5%.   
“It’s stories like these that drive our organization to help healthcare providers be catalysts for change within our communities,” said Rebecca Cochran, RN, MSN, CPHQ, Quality Insights' QIN Director.
One specific example of Quality Insights’ successful quality improvement activities can be viewed in the report’s “Snapshots of Success” section.
The QIO Program Progress Report is available online at http://progressreport.qioprogram.org/. A printable PDF version is also available for download from that site.