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  • Quality Conference Day 1: Innovating for Results in Quality Improvement

    February 11, 2019

    ESRD and the Patient Experience The 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference kicked off on a patient-centered note with Precious McGowan and her inspiring story of a decade-long battle with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Despite her illness and dealing with organ transplants, hospital stays and dialysis, McGowan

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  • Quality Conference Day 2: Meaningful Measurement and Outcomes for Priority Populations

    February 11, 2019

    Meaningful Measures Michelle Schreiber, director of CMS’ Quality Measurement and Value-Based Incentives Group, kicked off the second day of the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference discussing how, through technology, greater interoperability and alignment of measures can be achieved. “The future is very

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  • Quality Conference Day 3: Celebrating Health Equity Successes and Committing to Value

    February 11, 2019

    Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative Wrapping up the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference on January 31, Dr. Paul Rosen, medical officer for CMS’ Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI), said he discovered the secret to improving health care, and it was just four simple words: “Listen to the

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  • 4 Takeaways on Curbing Opioid Abuse and Misuse

    February 11, 2019

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 130 people die every day from opioid overdose—both from prescription and illicit drugs—and at least half of all deaths involve a prescription opioid. Opioid abuse was a central focus of the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference, both

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  • 3 Steps for Understanding the Rural Landscape

    February 11, 2019

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rural Americans are at greater risk of death from five leading causes than urban Americans. To help overcome this disparity, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in May 2018 launched its first Rural Health Strategy to improve access and quality of care for rural

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  • QIOs in Action: Project IMPACT Improves Cardiovascular Health for South Asians

    February 11, 2019

    According to a report published last month in Circulation, South Asians (from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) are at higher risk of death from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) compared to other Asian groups and non-Hispanic whites. This is due to a unique profile of elevated risk factors such

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  • Did You Know?

    February 11, 2019

    You can view and download photos from the 2019 CMS Quality Conference on the QIO Program’s Flickr page here.

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  • Q&A with CMS CCSQ Technical Advisor Monique Ndenecho

    January 08, 2019

    Monique Ndenecho, MPH serves as the Technical Advisor for Communications and Outreach with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ). In this capacity, she is responsible for overseeing communications for the CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program. She also has led the

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  • 2019 CMS Quality Conference Preview Video

    January 08, 2019

    Dennis Wagner, director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group (QIIG) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), joins CMS’ Jeneen Iwugo and Dr. Paul McGann for an inside look into the 2019 CMS Quality Conference and what the conference has in store for attendees this year. For more information about the conference, visit

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  • Guest Post: 2018 CMS Quality Conference Game Changers -- ESRD Patient SMEs in Action

    January 08, 2019

    The 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference brought together CMS program leaders, contractors, federal partners, clinicians, thought leaders, caregivers and patients to exchange innovation strategies, learn best practices and spread solutions for health care quality improvement. At the heart of the End Stage

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  • Tips for Staying Healthy at the CMS Quality Conference

    January 08, 2019

    The CMS Quality Conference is all about convening health quality stakeholders to discuss important clinical topics like improving influenza immunization rates. Yet large gatherings of people can themselves be breeding grounds for respiratory and flu viruses. People with chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease or lung

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  • 10 Tips to Make the Most of the 2019 CMS Quality Conference

    January 08, 2019

    Over 3,000 attendees are expected at the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference, including a variety of health care quality stakeholders attending to gain valuable insights from engaging presentations. The following is a list of tips to help maximize your in-person or virtual conference experience: 1. Follow

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  • January QIN-QIO Public Sharing Call to Focus on Team-based Care in the Real World

    January 08, 2019

    The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold a Quality Innovation Network-QIO Public Sharing Call on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM ET. This free online training, titled “Team-based Care in the Real World,” will provide participants with tools, resources and best practices to put team-based care in place in their

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  • Did You Know?

    January 08, 2019

    The CMS Quality Conference has a new home this year! The 2019 conference will be held at the Baltimore Hilton at 401 West Pratt Street. Learn more about the conference here. Inquire about last-minute registration opportunities by contacting cmslogistical@thebizzellgroup.com.

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  • Meet the 2019 CMS Quality Conference Social Media Ambassadors

    January 08, 2019

    Building on the success of the 2018 Social Media Ambassador Program, this year’s CMS Quality Conference features 10 social media ambassadors representing a diverse array of stakeholders and backgrounds. These social media influencers in health care quality improvement will post regular updates, photos and insights from the conference to Twitter

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