(Lake Success, NY) – April 19, 2017 – At today’s Suffolk County Board of Health meeting, Health Commissioner James L. Tomarken, MD, MPH, MBA, MSW, signed a proclamation declaring the week of April 16 “National Healthcare Decision Days” in the county, presenting the proclamation to end-of-life care expert Patricia Bomba, MD, MACP, VP of Geriatrics for Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield, and to Carolyn Kazdan, MHSA, NHA, Quality Improvement Specialist, IPRO.
Providers and other health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Tuesday, May 2 for its next National Learning & Action Network virtual training entitled “Immunization: Everyone’s Responsibility.”
The forum on April 20 will bring together health care community stakeholders to discuss high priority areas for addressing emerging health and health care delivery issues and priorities.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) leaders share their thoughts on the impact of health disparities in the Medicare community, as well as ways that CMS and the QIO Program are working to achieve health equity.
In February, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a $20 million award to 11 community health organizations to provide technical support and education about the Quality Payment Program to small physician practices.
New data from the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center shows that lower extremity amputation rates continue to rise, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities. These tips can help promote healthier feet and reduce amputations.
A new video from HSAG—the QIN-QIO for Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands—tells one patient’s story about the impact of a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection, and highlights strategies that can help prevent future infections. Read more
The 2017 AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference explored how changing payment and measurement systems are helping to transform health care. Read more
Developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a new web-based toolkit provides technical bundles, literature reviews, sample protocols, and other resources to help improve safety for mechanically ventilated patients. Read more
New England QIN-QIO—the QIN-QIO serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont—is helping address the opioid crisis in Connecticut by engaging pharmacists to help better manage patients’ use of opioids. Read more
CMS’ antibiotic stewardship subject matter expert shares with QIO News the latest updates about QIN-QIOs efforts to better manage the use of antibiotics in clinical settings. Read more
Several major announcements and new initiatives were unveiled at this year’s CMS Quality Conference, including promising new data, the CMS’ Person and Family Engagement Strategy, and a Million Hearts initiative extension, among others. Here’s a roundup of the news.