QIO Success Stories
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
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
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:
- Report specific data that supports the PCMH standards, which include enhancing access and continuity by accommodating patients’ needs with... full story
Texas QIO Assists Critical Access Hospitals to Report Quality Data
When hospitals report their health care quality data, patients can make more informed health care decisions – which can lead to improved patient outcomes. In Texas, critical access hospitals are not required to report quality data. But work by TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Texas*, to improve voluntary reporting by critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Texas has resulted in almost complete participation, with 78 out of 79 Texas CAHs reporting on at least one quality measure as of September 2013.
TMF created the Quality... full story
QIO Convenes Providers and Community Partners to Improve Heart Care in Utah
HealthInsight, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Utah, convenes providers and community partners to help improve heart care for Utah’s residents. The statewide effort supports Million Hearts, a national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
The QIO formed a Cardiac Learning and Action Network (LAN) in 2011 and engaged 60 outpatient clinics to collect quarterly data on four key measures of evidence-based cardiac care, including aspirin therapy, blood pressure control, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) control, and smoking... full story