Quality Insights News 

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On November 2nd, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule with comment for the second year of the Quality Payment Program (calendar year 2018), as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as well as an interim final rule with comment.

On November 2, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the final rule with comment for the second year of the Quality Payment Program (calendar year 2018), as required by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) as well as an interim final rule with comment.

Quality Insights has received funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help emergency medical service (EMS) providers offer expanded care to people with Medicare who live in West Virginia. The goal of this collaboration is to lessen unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency department visits while enhancing access to quality care for the state’s most vulnerable and rural residents.  

November is National Diabetes Month and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with community partners and health care providers to improve health outcomes and quality of life among people with diabetes in its five-state network. The theme for this year includes a focus on the connection between kidney health and diabetes. 

2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) feedback reports and 2016 Annual Quality and Resource Use Reports (QRURs) were released on September 18, 2017. The PQRS feedback reports show your program year 2016 PQRS reporting results, including if you are subject to the 2018 PQRS downward payment adjustment. 

This October, Quality Insights, as a partner in the advancement of health information technology to help improve healthcare —is a Proud Partner in National Health IT Week.

It’s not too late to participate in the first year of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)—one of the two tracks in the Quality Payment Program. The transition year of MIPS has been underway since January 1, 2017 and runs until December 31, 2017.

The Quality Payment Program Hardship Exception Application for 2017 is now available on the Quality Payment Program website.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of our Medicare beneficiaries.  

Proposed rule aims to simplify reporting requirements and offer support for doctors and clinicians in 2018.


Quality Insights is proud to announce that it is featured in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) newly released 2016 QIO Program Progress Report. Quality Insights is one of 14 QIN-QIOs that contributed to the Program’s success in improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries throughout the United States.

LoveYourFeetLogoThe Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) national "Love Your Feet" campaign kicked off in April and will continue through September 30, 2017.

Lower extremity amputation rates related to diabetes have been gradually increasing each year since 2009, says a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC). 

Celebrate National Nurses Week and National Nursing Home Week this month

Quality Innovation Networks (QIN), which are comprised of regionally-focused Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) across the country, have reached their target of enrolling 2,336 nursing homes in the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The NHSN is the most widely used healthcare-associated infection (HAI) tracking system in the US. It is currently used by most hospitals and dialysis facilities, but not yet extensively used by nursing homes.

Explaining complex healthcare topics to Medicare beneficiaries and their families can be challenging. As a result, Quality Insights identified an opportunity to use an online video platform to create short, educational and engaging messages. These animated videos provide patients, their families and caregivers with a better understanding of these important and complex topics.

April is National Minority Health Month

March 28 is American Diabetes Alert Day

One in three American adults — about 80 million people — has high blood pressure, putting them at increased risk for heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure and other health problems. To combat this major health threat, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Medical Association (AMA) launched the Target: Blood Pressure nationwide initiative to help healthcare providers and patients achieve better blood pressure control at the best levels to improve health. Quality Insights is partnering with them to introduce this program to physician practices in our five-state network.

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