The New England QIN-QIO is proud to carry out the mission of the national Quality Improvement Organization Program, which has produced measurably better and safer care for Medicare beneficiaries and helped communities reduce health care spending.
In the work period that ended in July 2014, we and QIOs across the country worked closely with providers and federal, state and private partners in local communities to improve care transitions and prevent more than 95,000 hospitalizations and 27,000 hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries. CMS data show a 13.22 percent decline in hospital readmissions among Medicare beneficiaries in QIO-assisted communities, compared with a 12.55 percent decline nationally. These reductions saved nearly $1 billion in health care costs. CMS findings showed that communities where QIOs played an active role in improving transitions achieved greater reductions in readmissions.
Our collaborative work across the country led to impressive results to prevent harm and improve care for Medicare beneficiaries:
- 85,149 fewer days with urinary catheters
- 44,640 potential adverse drug events prevented
- 6,250 nursing home residents living without physical restraints
- 3,374 prevented or healed pressure ulcers in nursing home residents
- 1,826 medical professionals using electronic health record data to report quality measures
For more information about the how QIOs are improving health care for the nation’s Medicare beneficiaries, visit the American Health Care Association’s website.
Click on the thumbnails below to learn about new data from CMS detailing these successes.