McLean, VA: All 12 members of the American Health Quality Association (AHQA) have received Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors (NQIIC) awards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to conduct and innovate new health quality improvement activities across the United States.
These Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) comprise one of the leading quality improvement programs in the country and save the U.S. government billions of dollars in avoidable healthcare costs. The NQIIC represents the consolidation of several Medicare quality programs in an effort to identify the highest performing organizations and scale their activities.
“These awards underscore our members’ superb work advancing the US healthcare system. Their record of success in improving quality while reducing costs is unparalleled—from enhancing the patient and provider experience to delivering a higher return on investment,” said Alison Teitelbaum, executive director of AHQA. “We are thrilled QIN-QIOs will be continuing this vital work under the new NQIIC model.”
Including AHQA’s 12 QIN-QIOs, 58 organizations in total were awarded NQIIC Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) awards. Awardees will be able to bid on IDIQ task orders, yet to be released.
The IDIQ task orders will include work for the Quality Improvement Organization Program, the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Program, large-scale long term care improvement efforts, large-scale hospital improvement efforts, clinician-focused technical assistance, and other, yet-to-be-defined quality improvement activities. CMS has previously announced that the NQIIC contract could be worth up to $25 billion.
The 12 AHQA members who received NQIIC IDIQ awards are listed below:
- Alliant Health Solutions
- Great Plains Quality Improvement Network
- Healthcentric Advisors
- Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG)
- Island Peer Review Organization (IPRO)
- Mountain-Pacific Quality Health
- Qualis – HealthInsight (recently merged)
- Quality Insights, Inc.
- Superior Health Quality Alliance, Inc.
- Telligen, Inc.
- TMF Health Quality Institute
Since 1984 the American Health Quality Association (AHQA) has represented Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) and other professionals working to improve healthcare quality and patient safety. AHQA is an educational, not-for-profit national membership association dedicated to promoting and facilitating fundamental change that improves the quality of healthcare in America.