The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence Quality Improvement Report

For the 10th Scope of Work, from August 2011 through July 2014, CCME collaborated with health care providers and other stakeholders to address a set of priorities established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. These priorities aligned CCME’s local QIO responsibilities with a bold national plan for making dramatic improvements in health care quality and decreasing health care costs for all Americans. Significant outcomes were achieved across South Carolina, including the following:

Reducing Health Care-Associated Hospital Infections
77% relative rate of improvement in reduced central line-associated blood stream infections

Improving Cardiac Population Health
117 professionals assisted with reducing cardiac risk factors as part of the Million Hearts campaign, potentially impacting 83,500 Medicare beneficiaries

Improving Community Transitions of Care
$14 million in cost savings by reducing rehospitalizations from 29 to 24/1000 (8 communities)

Reducing Potential for Adverse Drug Events
241 ADEs were potentially prevented in 5 communities

Preventing or Healing Pressure Ulcers in Nursing Homes
21% relative rate of improvement for pressure ulcers prevented or healed in 9 nursing homes

Improved Health for Populations and Communities
33 professionals recruited/assisted with PQRS EHR 2012 reporting, potentially impacting 5,000 Medicare beneficiaries

Minimizing the Use of Physical Restraints in Nursing Homes
71% relative rate of improvement for physical restraint reduction in 16 nursing homes

Partnering with Nursing Homes
102 nursing homes participated in INTERACT training, contributing to the 1,400 reductions in rehospitalizations; 76 nursing homes were recruited to participate in the national collaborative, comprising 40% of the nursing home.