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Adverse drug events fell by 67,000 between 2010 and 2013 as the result of the federal “meaningful use” program that offered financial incentives to hospitals for using certified electronic health records, according to a new AHRQ study. 

February is American Heart Month

On December 13, 2016, Quality Insights received an award for its work in reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions and hospital-acquired infections over the past five years. The award was presented at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) annual Quality Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. 

December 4-10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

December 4-10 is National Handwashing Awareness Week

Learn how to manage your diabetes at a free class near you

Network will collaborate to reduce opioid misuse and increase Medicare Annual Wellness Visits for patients in DE, LA, NJ, PA and WV

Today, the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) finalized a landmark new payment system for Medicare clinicians that will continue the Administration's progress in reforming how the health care system pays for care.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is sponsoring hospital interviews to develop an understanding of how the Hospital Value Based Program (HVBP) is being implemented in hospitals and unintended consequences that may be associated with implementation. Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ) is the contractor for this task to administer the interviews on behalf of CMS.

Beginning October 1, 2016, the CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will incorporate a key component of the Partnership for Patients in order to sustain and expand national progress toward better patient care, smarter health care spending and healthier people.

September is Healthy Aging Month

Over the last few years there have been a notable amount of reports of diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involving  a popular new class of type 2 diabetes drugs- the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors.

The submission deadline for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program to enter Quarter 1 (Q1) 2016 Perinatal Care Elective Delivery Measure (PC-01) data is Friday, August 26, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. PT. However, due to recent flooding in parts of Louisiana, those hospitals that were affected by the natural disaster can apply for an extension of this deadline.

This summer, Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network reminds people who have diabetes to take extra care. While the summer heat can make many of us uncomfortable, those with diabetes have a higher risk of heat-related complications.

Save the date – webinar series will kick off Tuesday, August 9

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI) Special Innovation Project (SIP) recently united stakeholders in creating an updated diabetes educational resource geared toward advancing better health, smarter spending, and healthier people.  

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 that it is streamlining electronic health record (EHR) reporting requirements for eligible professionals and hospitals in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program.

A success story out of New Jersey in relation to Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network's Reducing Adverse Drug Events project was featured in the July 2016 issue of QIO News. QIO News is a publication dedicated to highlighting news, successes and best practices from the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIO) in the United States.

Secondhand smoke causes cancer and other diseases in non-smokers

In watching coverage of the recent flooding in West Virginia, you’ve probably heard discussion of tetanus vaccines and other health concerns. It’s a sobering reminder that we all should be up-to-date on needed vaccines.

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