AHQA Lauds Findings of Federal Survey of Hospitals on Work with QIOs

January 28, 2015

All hospitals participating in the survey that worked with QIOs in 2013 (over half of all acute care hospitals in the country) reported deriving direct benefit from their QIO interactions.

The American Health Quality Association (AHQA)—representing the newly-restructured network of Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs), across the U.S.—is pleased to comment on the report of the survey of acute care hospitals recently published by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG). “AHQA is gratified that all hospitals that participated in the HHS-OIG survey report that they received benefit from working with QIOs, with a majority of respondents citing the value our member organizations provide in connecting hospitals on similar quality-focused projects, defining clinical measures to track, and developing and explaining comparative data reports,” said Todd Ketch, AHQA’s Executive Director. “We view the work QIOs do as synergistic with other federal quality improvement efforts, such as the Hospital Engagement Networks and the Community-based Care Transitions Program, which are key elements of the public-private Partnership for Patients initiative. We share the view expressed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that large-scale health care quality improvement requires careful and sustained coordination of efforts across different programs.”       

Learn More:

CMS on QIO Program impact on U.S. health care in recent years

AHQA’s December 2014 comments on the continuation of the Hospital Engagement Network Program

Media Contact:
Todd Ketch | (202) 331-5790 | tketch@ahqa.org