QIO Success Stories
Kearny County Hospital’s Innovation Drives Community Health Change
People living in the unhealthiest counties of Kansas are dying too early and at more than twice the rate of those in the healthiest counties. Kearny County Hospital, located in Lakin, Kansas, 50 miles from Colorado, is one of the lead organizations for the Communities of Care work currently underway. ... full story
Minnesota QIO Recommends Three Actions for Improving Medication Management in Transitions of Care
Stratis Health recommends three actions for improving medication management in transitions of care by improving workflow in health care settings, in its white paper “Understanding and Improving Medication Reconciliation Between Hospitals and Nursing Homes”.
The recommendations are made from a quality improvement perspective, with the intent to give guidance to and support action by hospitals, nursing homes, and pharmacists. These... full story
Missouri QIO Drives Decline in Use of Restraints in Nursing Home
Working with Primaris, Missouri’s Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) through July 2014*, a 60-bed nursing home in Southwest Missouri reduced the use of restraints among its residents from 28.9 percent to 2.3 percent in just over a year (2012-2013).
Once seen as tools to help prevent nursing home residents from injuring themselves, restraints are now recognized as presenting serious health risks to residents, contributing to circulation problems and pressure ulcers. Primaris collaborated with nursing homes to reduce restraint use,... full story
California QIO Redesigns Practices’ Workflow to Improve Tobacco Screening Documentation
In its work assisting physician practices to leverage electronic health records (EHRs) for quality measures reporting, Health Services Advisory Group of California, Inc. (HSAG of California), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for the state, observed that reported tobacco screening rates for Medicare beneficiaries among some practices were far lower than other similar practices.
Specifically, some 88 physician providers using a particular certified EHR reported an average 6 percent of Medicare beneficiaries were being screened for tobacco use, but given the... full story
QIO Aids in Improving Heart Health for Oklahoma’s Native Americans
The Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ), Oklahoma's QIO through July 2014*, worked with partners to reduce key heart disease risk factors among the state’s more than 300,000 Native Americans. Heart disease is a leading cause of death for most ethnic groups in the U.S., and is second only to cancer for Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and American Indians or Alaska Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Through its Cardiac Learning and Action Network (LAN) initiative ─ a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)... full story