The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) is seeking provider input on plans for redesigning the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program. QIOs serve as the keystone of CMS’ national healthcare quality improvement program. QIOs convene providers, practitioners, and patients to build and share knowledge, spread best practices, and achieve wide-scale improvements in patient care, increases in population health, and decreases in health care costs for all Americans. More information about QIOs can be found by clicking here and here.
CMS’ invitation to comment provides an excellent opportunity for home health agencies to request the support they deserve in the QIO work. The Home Health National Quality Campaign has been a valuable resource for home health agencies as a special project. However, home health agencies were left out of the last two QIO Statement of Works (SOW), which focused almost solely on hospital and skilled nursing facility settings.
HCAF and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice urges home health agencies to share their comments and ideas on the role Quality Improvement Organizations can play in home health. We urge home health agencies to write to CMS and advise them of ways that QIOs can provide them with guidance and tools to effectively care for the 3.4 million elderly and disabled Medicare beneficiaries they serve, help them learn to comply with their treatment regimens, trouble shoot for potential complications, and avoid costly emergent care and institutional services, as well as expand their involvement in preventative services, such as immunizations.
Comments will be accepted please send them to: OCSQBox@cms.hhs.gov until 5:00pm ET on Friday, February 8.