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As a Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, HSAG is a centralized resource for knowledge and tools that help providers improve health quality, efficiency, and value. The materials provided below cover a wide range of quality improvement topics, from cardiovascular best practices to physician quality reporting system information. All are directed to providers interested in improving patient outcomes and in quality measure reporting to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Cultural Competency

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Chartbook on Health Care for Blacks

The Chartbook marks the 30th anniversary of the Heckler Report, the Health and Human Services report from its Task Force on Black and Minority Health. Progress in cardiac care is noted, but disparities remain, as with higher incidences of chronic disease, including hypertension and diabetes, as...



Aging LGBT Community Pushes for Culturally Competent Care

Health disparities among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations are being tackled by a movement among stakeholders to improve care. This article discusses approaches that the LGBT Elder Initiative is taking to reduce healthcare barriers.



Electronic Health Record Resources and Meaningful Use

2015-2017 Meaningful Use Attestation & Audit Resources

Attestation Resources Before you attest, use this resource to organize your information and make sure your attestation will be successful: 2015 Eligible Professional (EP) Attestation Worksheet Hospital Attestation resources are available at...



2016 Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program Payment Adjustment Fact Sheet for Hospitals

Overview of the Program As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Congress established payment adjustments under Medicare for eligible hospitals that are not meaningful users of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology. Eligible hospitals that do not...



General Quality Payment Program Tool and Resources

ACP MACRA-Related Resources

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has assembled an array of resources concerning the Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). Education, MACRA news, implementation resources, and advocacy articles are presented at the ACP MACRA/Quality Payment Program webpage.



CMS Priorities in Health System Transformation: A Review of the Quality Payment Program

Watch this 90-minute webinar on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Payment Program (QPP). Our guest speaker is Dr. Ashby Wolfe, Chief Medical Officer from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Region 9. After viewing this webinar, participants will be...



Immunization Resources

Adult Immunization Schedule for 2016

The 2016 Adult Immunization Schedule was approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and several physician academies, ultimately published on February 2, 2016.



Advisory Committee in Immunization Practices (ACIP)

Three times per year ACIP meets to review scientific data and vote on vaccine recommendations. All ACIP meetings are open to the public and are available via live webcast.



Learning and Action Networks

What is a Learning and Action Network? (video)

The Quality Improvement Organization program explains what a Learning and Action Network is, how powerful this framework is, and how individuals may take part.



Million Hearts® / Cardiovascular Health Improvement

2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults

The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) released its 2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults.



AHA Cardiac Disease Prevention Guidelines

The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology released four new guidelines in 2013 dealing with the prevention of cardiovascular disease.



Patient Satisfaction

5 Straightforward Ways to Improve Patient Satisfaction in Hospitals

Written by an internal medicine physician, this short list is practical in its approach to offer advice on improving patient satisfaction. From spending time with doctors/nurses to being clear about wait times, this is what could be characterized as low-hanging fruit for high impact targeting.



9 Patient Experience and Satisfaction Secrets for Hospitals and Healthcare

This article simplifies the large and small items that hospitals should concentrate on when improving the patient experience. One of the more compelling advisories is to “experience your care as patients do.” Everything from signage to parking and filling out forms becomes an eye-opener when seen from that vantage point.



Physician Quality Reporting System, Quality Resource Use Reports, and Value-Based Modifiers

2015 and 2016 Value Modifier Payment Adjustment Sheet

For an overview of the Value-Based Payment Modifier and its relationship to PQRS, this handy double-sided PDF sheet indicates the prospective adjustments for 2015 and 2016.



2015-2017 PQRS VM Adjustment Sheet

To find out how the 2015 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) participation will affect the value modifier in 2017, refer to this handy reference.



Quality Improvement

CMS Unleashes Bigger Trove of Claims Data To Help Hospitals Improve Care Quality

Under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows qualified providers to share or sell analyses of Medicare and private claims data to support improved delivery of healthcare, as reported by Healthcare News IT.



Evidence-Based Interventions for Your Community

The Community Preventive Services Task Force offers a series of materials to help providers increase disease prevention for adults.



Quality Improvement Tools

Ambulatory Surgery Center Associations's Ambulatory Surgery Center Map

The Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA) has created a state-by-state map to locate your state’s association contact details.



Assessing Patient Health Information Needs for Developing Consumer Health IT Tools

This is a recorded webinar hosted by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, featuring three topics, including a how-to on using reminders for people with type 2 diabetes. This presentation spans 1.5 hours.



Smoking Cessation

AAFP Reimagines Tobacco Prevention, Control Program

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is developing a comprehensive tobacco and nicotine prevention and control program that will encompass new office-based tools, community programs and advocacy at the national and community levels. The Academy will focus on promoting Tar Wars to more family medicine residents, family medicine interest groups and medical students to present the program in their communities. Tar Wars educational materials will be available online, as well.



Ask and Act Tobacco Cessation Program

The American Academy of Family Physicians has developed its "Ask and Act" tobacco cessation program to encourage family physicians to ask all patients about tobacco use and to help them quit. Interventions, group visit tools, pharmacological guides, and more are provided.