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  • Celebrating Five Years of QIO Program Success

    July 14, 2019

    As the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program 11th Scope of Work (SoW) comes to an end, leaders at the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group (QIIG) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) are celebrating the last five years of health care quality improvement. In this

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  • Quality of Life Q&A with Meagan Khau, CMS Office of Minority Health

    July 08, 2019

    As director of the Data and Policy Analytics Group (DPAG) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), Meagan Khau helps lead research that informs policies to reduce health disparities and improve quality of care in older adults and people with disabilities. At DPAG, Khau also assists in developing

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  • How Home Health Aides Can Improve Senior Independence

    July 08, 2019

    Maintaining personal independence is a key goal for anyone’s journey in aging, and it can’t be done without also considering health concerns. For many, that means finding the right home health aides, Julie Hershberg, a professor of clinical physical therapy at the University of Southern California, said during a June 11 Parkinson’s Foundation

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  • QIOs in Action: Focusing on Populations with the Greatest Need

    July 08, 2019

    Health care quality improvement is not just about improving health; it is about improving health in a way that fosters equitable opportunities for and access to care for all members of the population regardless of geography, race, ethnicity, income or other socioeconomic differences. Aggregated health indicator data often masks health disparities

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  • These QIN-QIOs Tackled Malnutrition to Improve Beneficiary Wellness

    July 08, 2019

    Health disparities are the differences in health outcomes that are closely linked to social, economic and environmental disadvantages. Race and ethnicity, disability status, rural residency, socioeconomic status and other characteristics can create disparities, including malnutrition that have far-reaching consequences. Over the past five years,

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  • Did You Know?

    July 08, 2019

    Aging in place lets seniors live in their residence of choice without losing quality of life for as long as they can. When beneficiaries make this decision, planning ahead is one of the most important things to do in order to ensure success and smooth transitions. Read tips here.

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  • BFCC-QIO Changes that Affect Medicare Patients and Health Care Providers

    July 08, 2019

    Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) work under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help people with Medicare exercise their right to high-quality health care. BFCC-QIOs manage complaints from Medicare patients and quality of care reviews. On June 7, 2019, the

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