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  • Q&A with Janet Wright: Cardiac Health

    February 05, 2018

    Janet Wright, MD, FACC is the Executive Director of Million Hearts®, a national public-private initiative, co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The initiative is now in its second five-year phase with an aim to prevent a million or more cardiovascular events across America

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  • QIOs In Action: New England QIN-QIO Helps Improve Access to Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring

    February 05, 2018

    Nationwide, approximately 75 million — or one in every three — American adults have high blood pressure or hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States are also feeling the burden of this disease. In New Hampshire, one in four adults has hypertension, and only 33 percent of these individuals have their

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  • 10 Tips to Make the Most of the 2018 CMS Quality Conference

    February 05, 2018

    With around 2,500 participants expected to attend the 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference, this year’s event is likely to be one of the most expansive yet, with a variety of stakeholders, dozens of engaging presentations, and valuable networking opportunities. Following is a list of 10 tips to help maximize

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  • Meet the 2018 CMS Quality Conference Social Media Ambassadors

    February 05, 2018

    Building on the success of the last CMS Quality Conference’s social media ambassador program, the 2018 conference will feature 10 social media ambassadors representing a diverse array of stakeholders and backgrounds. These social media influencers in health care quality improvement will post on Twitter regular updates, photos and insights from

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  • CDC Data Shows Heart Disease and Stroke-Related Deaths Continue to Decline

    February 05, 2018

    Heart disease and stroke-related deaths in the United States declined in 2016, and preliminary mortality rates for 2017 show the trend continued that year, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For heart disease, the rate of death per 100,000 people dropped from 168.5 to 165.5, and for strokes, the

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  • Did You Know?

    February 05, 2018

    If you’re not able to attend the 2018 CMS Quality Conference in person or miss some of the plenary discussions on the livestream, be sure to check out the March 2018 issue of QIO News. We’ll feature highlights from each day and a special Q&A, as well as other news and announcements from the conference.

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  • Q&A with LCDR Fred Butler, Jr.: CMS Quality Conference

    January 08, 2018

    Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Fred Butler Jr. is a senior advisor for integration and quality at the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) where he also serves as a contracting officer representative for the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, which works with clinician practices to advance the development, adoption and sharing

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  • QIOs in Action: How Three QIN-QIOs Put CMS Quality Conference Learnings Into Action

    January 08, 2018

    The 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) Quality Conference will bring together CMS program leaders, contractors, federal partners, clinicians, patients, advocates and thought leaders in Baltimore, Maryland from February 12-14. Featuring new priorities, partnerships and opportunities for innovation, this year’s CMS Quality

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  • Watch Now: 2018 CMS Quality Conference Preview

    January 08, 2018

    Dennis Wagner, director, and Jeneen Iwugo, deputy director, of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ), share why they are excited for the 2018 CMS Quality Conference and what attendees can expect from this year’s event. For more

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  • New AHRQ Toolkit Aims to Reduce Surgical Site Infections in Hospitals

    January 08, 2018

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a new Toolkit To Promote Safe Surgery. The evidence-based toolkit helps perioperative and surgical units identify opportunities for improvement and interventions to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs), making care safer. It was developed based on the experiences of

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  • Register Now: January Medication Safety Learning & Action Network (LAN) Online Training

    January 08, 2018

    The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold the next Medication Safety Learning & Action Network (LAN) event on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET. This free online training, titled “Psychologically-Integrated Approaches to Pain Management,” will address the challenges related to pain management and opioid

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  • Did You Know?

    January 08, 2018

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently provided six tips to help improve health and well-being in 2018. Click here to learn more.

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