PHOENIX, ARIZONA – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a four-year contract to Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG) to serve as a Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC) within its Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors (NQIIC).
HQICs will provide targeted quality improvement assistance to small, rural and critical access hospitals and those hospitals that have been identified by CMS as requiring technical assistance. CMS has directed HQICs to use innovation to drive results and to implement data-driven quality improvement interventions to assist hospitals in ensuring the safety and quality of care delivered to all Medicare beneficiaries.
HQICs will partner with the targeted hospitals to help address needs such as infection control, pandemic readiness and response, a concerted response to the opioid epidemic and patient safety.
For more than 40 years HSAG has provided innovative leadership on healthcare quality improvement projects for federal, state and private sector customers. Founded by a group of medical professionals in 1979, HSAG is one of the most experienced quality improvement organizations in the United States. HSAG is recognized as an agent of change in the healthcare industry because of the company’s successful collaboration with providers across the continuum of care. For more information, visit www.hsag.com.