West virginia NEWS

Beckey Cochran, Director for the West Virginia Medical Institute's (WVMI) Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, received a Partnership Appreciation Award from the American Cancer Society (ACS) – South Atlantic Division for collaborative efforts between WVMI and the ACS over the past two years.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced two initiatives to improve the quality of post-acute care. First, the expansion and strengthening of the agency’s widely-used Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes will improve consumer information about individual nursing homes’ quality. Second, proposed new conditions of participation for home health agencies will modernize Medicare’s Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation to ensure safe delivery of quality care to home health patients.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, more than 14 million Americans - many for the first time - now have quality health insurance through the Marketplace, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It’s important for the newly-insured to fully understand when, where, and how to use their new coverage to get the right care, at the right time, in the right place to stay healthy.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and the Diagnostic and Treatment Fund encourage all West Virginians to learn more about taking an active role in their health. 

The West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) will continue working with providers and West Virginia communities to improve healthcare 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 network comprises five states – Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia – and became effective on August 1, 2014.

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