PHOENIX—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has awarded Health Services Advisory Group, Inc. (HSAG), the U.S. Virgin Islands as part of HSAG's Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contract. This is in addition to HSAG's previous QIN-QIO contract awards for the states of Arizona, California, Florida, and Ohio.
"HSAG has the breadth and depth of experience to drive healthcare improvement nationally," said Mary Ellen Dalton, PhD, MBA, RN, HSAG President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are committed to establishing a strong presence in the U.S. Virgin Islands and will actively engage communities to better understand their culture, healthcare practices, and quality improvement needs."
About the QIO Program
HSAG will carry out activities that will be community based and occur in healthcare facilities and clinical practices. HSAG will drive quality by providing technical assistance, convening learning and action networks for sharing best practices, and collecting and analyzing data for improvement.
HSAG will work on strategic initiatives to improve patient safety, reduce harm, and improve clinical care administered to Medicare beneficiaries at local and regional levels. HSAG will work locally within communities and use technology to expand the organization's reach to all outlying areas.
To perform this work, HSAG will continue to engage healthcare providers, stakeholders, and Medicare beneficiaries and will bring the voices of beneficiaries, families, and caregivers into the center of local healthcare quality improvement initiatives to successfully improve health quality, efficiency, and value.