AHQA Statement on Confirmation of Seema Verma as Director of CMS

For Immediate Release

Contact:    Jonathan Gilad
Phone:       571-989-4173
Email:       Jgilad@ahqa.org

American Health Quality Association Congratulates Seema Verma on Her Confirmation as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

McLean, VA – The American Health Quality Association (AHQA) congratulates Seema Verma on her confirmation as the Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). With her confirmation complete, AHQA looks forward to working with Ms. Verma to advance the health quality agenda and the Triple Aim of providing better care, lower costs, and improved health.

AHQA represents the Quality Innovation Network (QIN) – Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs), who work with health care providers to ensure that the most current, clinically proven techniques and practices are adopted in order to deliver safe, high quality care to Medicare beneficiaries. QIOs, who work in all 50 states and US Territories, are at the forefront of innovation and uplifting the quality of healthcare for Medicare recipients while reducing costs to the system. 

“AHQA is eager to continue our collaborative relationship with CMS under the guidance and direction of the new administration. We would welcome the opportunity to share the critical work and tremendous success of the QIO program with Ms. Verma and her staff,” said AHQA executive director, Alison Teitelbaum, MS, MPH, CAE.

While Ms. Verma was not asked directly about the QIO program in her confirmation hearing, related work was discussed, such as improving health quality, emphasizing patient-centered care, and reducing costs. Since their inception, QIOs have excelled in innovative ways to address these issues and better the US healthcare system. 

Since 1984 the American Health Quality Association (AHQA) has represented Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and other professionals working to improve health care quality and patient safety. AHQA is an educational, not-for-profit national membership association dedicated to promoting and facilitating fundamental change that improves the quality of health care in America.