QIO Success Stories
Texas QIO Assists Critical Access Hospitals to Report Quality Data
When hospitals report their health care quality data, patients can make more informed health care decisions – which can lead to improved patient outcomes. In Texas, critical access hospitals are not required to report quality data. But work by TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas*, to improve voluntary reporting by critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Texas has resulted in almost complete participation, with 78 out of 79 Texas CAHs reporting on at least one quality measure as of September 2013.
TMF created the Quality... full story
QIO Convenes Providers and Community Partners to Improve Heart Care in Utah
HealthInsight, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Utah, convenes providers and community partners to help improve heart care for Utah’s residents. The statewide effort supports Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
The QIO formed a Cardiac Learning and Action Network (LAN) in 2011 and engaged 60 outpatient clinics to collect quarterly data on four key measures of evidence-based cardiac care, including aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) control, and smoking... full story
New Mexico QIO Focuses on Care Transitions to Reduce Readmissions
HealthInsight New Mexico, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the state, is working with health care providers in four communities to reduce avoidable hospital readmissions by improving transitions of care, which occur when patients move from one setting of care to another, such as from the hospital to home.
Across the U.S., Medicare beneficiaries experience more than 13 million transitions of care every year, and one in five beneficiaries is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged, according to the Centers for Medicare &... full story
HealthInsight Nevada Empowers Nursing Homes to Improve Care for Residents
HealthInsight, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Nevada, is working with nursing homes across the state to improve the quality of life for residents by reducing the occurrence of pressure ulcers and the use of physical restraints.
Pressure ulcers are a serious concern for nursing homes as they cause pain, are difficult to heal, and increase the risk of infection and death. In early 2011, HealthInsight partnered with an expert consultant in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers to offer customized intervention strategies for six recruited... full story
Arkansas QIO Helps Nursing Home Eliminate Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers can be dangerous and painful for nursing home residents and can sometimes lead to serious medical complications and even death. As the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Arkansas through July 2014*, the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) worked with nursing homes to lower and eliminate occurrences of pressure ulcers. Here’s one example of how the QIO's technical assistance helped a rural 130 bed nursing home to eliminate these wounds.
In August 2012, the nursing home had only one treatment nurse – a nurse whose specific... full story