QIO Success Stories
QIO-led Collaboration Reduces Avoidable Readmissions in New York
As part of ongoing efforts to help reduce avoidable hospital readmissions, IPRO, the QIO for New York, facilitates a community coalition involving providers from different settings of care. The initiative, which began in early 2011, involves three hospitals and eight nursing homes in Albany and Rensselaer counties in the Upper Capital region of New York State. Staff from the coalition member providers meets monthly to discuss opportunities and approaches to improve care transitions within the community, focusing on:
- Improving communication and coordination across settings... full story
Arkansas QIO Helps Diabetic Patient Receive Life-Saving Dialysis
The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC), Arkansas' Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) through July 2014*, worked for several months with a 38-year-old diabetic Medicare beneficiary to ensure he would receive life-saving dialysis services.
Before engaging with AFMC in April 2012, for four years, this beneficiary had only been able to receive emergent dialysis treatments through his local hospital emergency department. As a result, instead of routine dialysis three times weekly, he was limited to emergent dialysis only one or two times weekly, based upon... full story
QIO Helps Idaho and Washington Nursing Homes Minimize the Use of Restraints
Reducing the use of physical restraints improves the quality of life for nursing home residents by enabling freedom of movement and increasing physical activity. Qualis Health, the QIO for Idaho and Washington, convened a group of 17 nursing homes from across the two states in a Learning and Action Network (LAN) to work on strategies to decrease the use of restraints. A LAN brings together communities to problem-solve, learn from one another, and create solutions to improve how care is delivered.
The objective of the restraint reduction LAN, which began in August 2011 was to help... full story
QIO Helps Idaho and Washington Nursing Homes Prevent Pressure Ulcers
Pressure ulcers can be dangerous and painful for nursing home residents and can sometimes lead to serious medical complications and even death. A group of 19 nursing homes in Idaho and Washington made significant improvements in the quality of care for their residents by working together in a two-state Learning and Action Network (LAN) focused on pressure ulcer prevention and hosted by Qualis Health, the QIO for both states. A LAN brings together communities to problem-solve, learn from one another, and create solutions to improve how care is delivered.
The objective of the Qualis... full story
Pennsylvania QIO Helps Nursing Home Reduce Restraint Use
Quality Insights of Pennsylvania (now a part of Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network*), the QIO for the state, worked with nursing homes across Pennsylvania to help reduce the use of physical restraints. One example is Pennswood Nursing Home, a 53-bed facility in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which reduced its restraint use from 6.6 percent to zero over a 12 month period from August 2011 to July 2012.
A dedicated project coordinator at Quality Insights worked with the director of nursing at Pennswood Nursing Home on a plan to educate staff about physical restraints... full story