QIO Success Stories

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QIO Aids in Improving Heart Health for Oklahoma’s Native Americans


The Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ), Oklahoma's QIO through July 2014*, worked with partners to reduce key heart disease risk factors among the state’s more than 300,000 Native Americans.  Heart disease is a leading cause of death for most ethnic groups in the U.S., and is second only to cancer for Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and American Indians or Alaska Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Through its Cardiac Learning and Action Network (LAN) initiative ─ a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)... full story

Arkansas QIO Works with Libraries to Improve Patrons’ Health Literacy and Heart Health


As part of its work to improve cardiovascular health and health literacy in the Arkansas Delta, AFMC - the Quality Improvement Organization for Arkansas through July 2014* - partnered with seven public libraries to create health hubs in the libraries.

With assistance from AFMC:

  • The participating libraries hosted Heart Health 101 events and other health-focused learning sessions for patrons, including free health screenings.
  • Three libraries were selected to receive blood pressure monitors from the Arkansas Department of Health and set up permanent... full story

Mississippi QIO Provides Community Outreach and Education on Diabetes


In the city of Meridian, Miss., Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Mississippi, has worked to help reduce complications associated with diabetes, particularly within the African- American community.

In the U.S., 18.8 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes, and some 7 million remain undiagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet.

The special year-long project, which began... full story

South Carolina QIO Helps Hospital Eliminate Central Line Infections

South Carolina

Facing a 48.5 percent increase in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) from 2010 to 2011, a 420-bed hospital in Florence, S.C., took action. The front-line staff from the facility’s surgical intensive care unit (SICU) implemented quality improvement measures and joined The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence’s (CCME’s) CLABSI Target Zero Learning and Action Network (LAN), which  helps participating hospitals eliminate CLABSIs in their patient populations.

Participating in CCME’s LAN has allowed the SICU unit to share and learn tools, resources, and best... full story

QIO Helps North Carolina Physician Practice Earn Highest Level of Medical Home Distinction

North Carolina

The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence (CCME) - North Carolina's Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) through July 2014 - helped a single-physician practice based in Lexington, NC, receive a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home certification from the National Committee of Quality Assurance (NCQA). To be considered for a PCMH distinction, the three-person staff at the practice had to achieve the following six standards:

  1. Report specific data that supports the PCMH standards, which include enhancing access and continuity by accommodating patients’ needs with... full story