Senior Independence

In recognition of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) anniversary on July 26, this issue of QIO News explores how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Quality Improvement Organization Program are working to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities and to help all older adults age in place.

An expert with CMS’s Office of Minority Health shares new resources to help Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations, physicians, family members and other stakeholders improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries with disabilities. ­ 
In June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule that would simplify reporting requirements and provide flexibility for clinicians participating in the Quality Payment Program.
A new video clip from HSAG—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands—shows how partnering with home health agencies can result in better health outcomes for patients and lower health care costs.
The director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities shared eye-opening data on health disparities at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research in May 2017.
Diabetes is a leading cause of blindness among adults in the United States. Learn how one Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization is adapting existing diabetes self-management education curriculum to make diabetes self-management more accessible to people with eyesight limitations.
Two projects led by Qualis Health—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Idaho and Washington—were recognized at the 8th Annual DecisionHealth Platinum Awards, a national program that highlights the best in care management and care coordination. 
Providers and other health care quality stakeholders are invited to join the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center on Wednesday, July 12, for its next Medication Safety National Learning & Action Network online training.