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Announcing A New Regional Approach to Medicare Quality Improvement

eQHealth Solutions will continue working with providers and Louisiana communities to improve health care quality as part of Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, a new Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) chartered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The new regional network is comprised of five states (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia and Louisiana) and becomes effective on August 1, 2014.

In the coming weeks eQHealth Solutions will be engaging providers and community organizations to become participants in many new and exciting, data-driven health care quality improvement programs, designed to improve clinical care and patient safety, locally and across the network. Areas of emphasis and assistance will include:

• Practice transformation

             

• Health information technology

• Lean methodology

• Hospital infections

• QI innovation

• Care coordination

• Cardiac health

• Healthcare-acquired conditions

• Diabetes Self-Management Education

• Value based purchasing programs

 

QIN-QIOs are part of CMS’s restructuring of the QIO program to improve care for beneficiaries, families and caregivers. Historically, CMS issued 53 QIO contracts, one for each state and territory, to provide both case review and quality improvement support services. The new structure is regional and establishes two groups of QIOs—one group for quality improvement (QIN-QIOs) and one for Medicare quality of care complaints and appeals (Beneficiary and Family Centered Care QIOs).

“Partnering in a regional QIN-QIO allows us to share knowledge, leverage combined resources, and maximize the positive impact of our cumulative efforts, while still being able to serve our health care communities locally,” Edie Castello, eQHealth Solutions CEO said. “This positions us well to make real progress toward CMS’s three-part aim of better care, better health and lower costs.”

About the Network Partners

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network is a collaboration between the West Virginia Medical Institute, its Quality Insights of Pennsylvania and Quality Insights of Delaware affiliated companies, Healthcare Quality Strategies, Inc. (NJ), and eQHealth Solutions (LA). For the latest information, visit www.qualityinsights-qin.org.

About eQHealth Solutions

Based in Baton Rouge, LA since 1986, eQHealth Solutions seeks to improve the quality and value of health care by using information and collaborative relationships to enable change. eQHealth provides a wide range of efficient and effective solutions to clients. Through its partnerships with Medicare, state Medicaid agencies and commercial payers, eQHealth touches the lives of more than six million people annually. For more information, visit www.eqhs.org.

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