Special Innovation Projects

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network coordinates four CMS Special Innovation Projects (SIPs).  These SIPs are quality improvement projects that align with the goals of the CMS Quality Strategy and emphasize the power of partnerships.  

Palliative Care and Hospice Referrals for Heart Failure Patients

Timely palliative and hospice care has been proven to improve the quality of patient care, symptom management and satisfaction, while decreasing health care expenditures for patients experiencing serious disease. This project, known as the CHF Care Project: Improving Quality of Life for Chronic Heart Failure Patients through Advance Care Planning, seeks to improve palliative care and hospice referrals for patients with heart failure in the states of Delaware, Louisiana and West Virginia. Download our fact sheet.   

Quality Improvement in Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals

The implementation of healthcare-acquired infection (HAI) reporting requirements presents an opportunity to spread proven techniques that enhance patient safety and reduce infections in long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs), saving lives and health care dollars. This project is focused on improving care quality for patients in long-term acute care hospitals in collaboration with the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey and Certification Group. Download our fact sheet.

Reducing Opioid Misuse and Diversion

The use of prescription opioid analgesics has increased dramatically in the United States over the past two decades. There has been a corresponding increase in fatal drug overdoses, with deaths reaching an all-time high in 2014. Through the Reducing Opioid Misuse and Diversion Project, Quality Insights’ team hopes to see a decrease in beneficiaries who fill opioid prescriptions from multiple providers and a decrease in beneficiaries who fill concurrent opioid prescriptions. Download our fact sheet.   

Increasing Annual Wellness Visit Utilization

Nearly 90 percent of Medicare beneficiaries visit a physician at least once a year, making an average of six visits during the year. In spite of this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that only 33 percent of women and 40 percent of men aged 65 and over receive the full range of recommended age-specific preventive services. Through the Increasing Annual Wellness Visit Utilization Project, Quality Insights’ team will educate and support primary care practitioners as they encourage their patients to maximize use of Medicare-covered preventive benefits. Download our fact sheet.