CMS Quality Conference Report
Tuesday, March 03, 2020 2:44 PM
The annual Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality conference was held in Baltimore on February 25-27. KHA Director of Quality and Patient Safety/Workforce attended to learn more about the CMS plan for quality improvement initiatives.
The CMS Quality conference aimed to advance the Administration’s rapidly-evolving quality agenda and to gain a clear focus on how providers can better contribute to action and results that are aligned with new strategic directions from the CMS Office of Administration. CMS has three main objectives: improve quality and affordable health care, drive improvements in health care and lower costs.
CMS is currently revamping its quality improvement initiatives, and is encouraging quality improvement organizations (QIOs) to focus on providers/patients who need it the most such as the rural, vulnerable and underserved communities in conjunction with the QIO 12th scope of work:
- Improve behavioral health outcomes- especially opioid misuse
- Improve patient safety and reduce harm
- Improve care in high cost/complex chronic conditions such as diabetes, end-stage renal disease
- Improve care transitions and reduce unnecessary hospitalization
- Improve nursing home care in low performing providers/areas and provide targeted Quality Improvement Assistance
If you have any questions about the conference or about the CMS quality initiatives, please contact Carla Donnell
at KHA (firstname.lastname@example.org