QIO Success Stories

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QAPI in Action: Pilot Leads to Infection Control and Prevention Success

South Dakota


As one of 20 facilities chosen to participate in the Clostridium difficile (CDiff) Reporting and Reduction Project pilot project beginning in July 2016, Aberdeen Health and Rehab in South Dakota has been successful in implementing effective... full story

Kearny County Hospital’s Innovation Drives Community Health Change



People living in the unhealthiest counties of Kansas are dying too early and at more than twice the rate of those in the healthiest counties. Kearny County Hospital, located in Lakin, Kansas, 50 miles from Colorado, is one of the lead organizations for the Communities of Care work currently underway. ... full story

Minnesota QIO Recommends Three Actions for Improving Medication Management in Transitions of Care


Stratis Health recommends three actions for improving medication management in transitions of care by improving workflow in health care settings, in its white paper “Understanding and Improving Medication Reconciliation Between Hospitals and Nursing Homes”.

The recommendations are made from a quality improvement perspective, with the intent to give guidance to and support action by hospitals, nursing homes, and pharmacists. These... full story

Missouri QIO Drives Decline in Use of Restraints in Nursing Home


Working with Primaris, Missouri’s Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) through July 2014*, a 60-bed nursing home in Southwest Missouri reduced the use of restraints among its residents from 28.9 percent to 2.3 percent in just over a year (2012-2013).

Once seen as tools to help prevent nursing home residents from injuring themselves, restraints are now recognized as presenting serious health risks to residents, contributing to circulation problems and pressure ulcers. Primaris collaborated with nursing homes to reduce restraint use,... full story

California QIO Redesigns Practices’ Workflow to Improve Tobacco Screening Documentation


In its work assisting physician practices to leverage electronic health records (EHRs) for quality measures reporting, Health Services Advisory Group of California, Inc. (HSAG of California), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for the state, observed that reported tobacco screening rates for Medicare beneficiaries among some practices were far lower than other similar practices.

Specifically, some 88 physician providers using a particular certified EHR reported an average 6 percent of Medicare beneficiaries were being screened for tobacco use, but  given the... full story