What Do QIOs Like AQIN Do?
The Atlantic Quality Innovation Network (AQIN), like 13 other Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) across the U.S.,
- brings communities together for learning and action to achieve national health quality goals;
- offers objective expertise to providers and practitioners, and spreads evidence-based interventions for better care;
- advocates for patient needs and supports a patient-centered model of care in which healthcare services are tailored to meet the needs of patients; and
- champions efficient, effective improvement strategies that lead to rapid, large-scale change.
The QIO Program is currently working across every element of the health care spectrum, with a focus on the following areas:
Making Care Safer
Our patient safety initiatives in hospitals reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections by implementing the Comprehensive Unit-Based Safety Program. We also team with hospitals to help them prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infections and surgical site infections. In nursing homes, work targets preventing pressure ulcers and using physical restraints safely, as well as avoiding other health care-acquired conditions, such as keeping residents safe from falls. To decrease adverse drug events, QIOs are bringing together community pharmacists, physicians and facilities in local Patient Safety Clinical Pharmacy Services Collaboratives, following the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration's successful model.
We're assisting physician practices that want to use electronic health records to coordinate preventive services. Practices can participate in a QIN-QIO learning and action network focused on reducing patient risk factors for cardiovascular disease. QIOs also partner with their local Health Information Technology (HIT) Regional Extension Center (REC) to promote the use of health IT as a quality improvement tool.
Improving Care Coordination
We're bringing together hospitals, nursing homes, patient advocacy organizations and other stakeholders in community coalitions to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions. QIOs provide technical assistance and resources that allow these communities to qualify for funding from the Community-Based Care Transitions Program and similar initiatives.
Keeping the Patient at the Center
Our improvement initiatives result in safer, more effective patient care, lead to better health for populations and communities, and drive lower health care costs through improvement. QIOs also fulfill CMS’ obligation to protect the rights of Medicare beneficiaries by reviewing complaints about quality and reviewing appeals about the denial or discontinuation of health care services.
Better Data for Better Care:
Accurate, reliable data are the cornerstone of quality improvement initiatives. QIOs offer all Medicare-participating hospitals technical assistance for reporting inpatient and outpatient quality data to CMS. In addition, QIOs help physician practices use electronic health records to collect and report data to CMS about their clinical performance.
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