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New Medicare cards start mailing in April 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft, and keep taxpayer dollars safe. CMS will mail the new Medicare cards from April 2018 through April 2019. Learn how we’ll mail the new Medicare cards in phases by geographic location.

Meet Poppy from Maine

PoppyI enjoy working with the other PFAC advisors and with the liaisons from the QIN-QIO – we are partners in this work of advancing quality in healthcare.

The open-mindedness of the New England QIN-QIO PFAC is great, and I appreciate that I can participate locally, within my own community. As a member of this group, I have provided feedback, shared medical experience narratives, and worked on initiatives including the antibiotic stewardship program.

How Does the Bipartisan Budget Act Impact MIPS?

On February 9, 2018, the Bipartisan Budget Act was signed into law. Under the Bipartisan Budget Act there were several elements that affect eligible clinicians (ECs) and groups in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and will take effect in the 2018 performance year. Calculation of the low-volume threshold MIPS participation eligibility is determined through … Continue reading How Does the Bipartisan Budget Act Impact MIPS?

From Two-Star to Five-Star: One Nursing Home’s Successful Journey to Quality Improvement

Five Star Nursing Home Windsor Health and Rehabilitation Center, LLC is a family-owned and operated 108-bed skilled nursing facility serving the Greater Hartford and Greater Springfield areas. Under new ownership since January 1, 2016, the facility offers a range of care options, including short term, long-term rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services which includes orthopedic, stroke, cardiac, pulmonary rehab, post-transplant care, wound management, and end-of-life care.

QIOs In Action: New England QIN-QIO Helps Improve Access to Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring

Nationwide, approximately 75 million — or one in every three — American adults have high blood pressure or hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States are also feeling the burden of this disease. In New Hampshire, one in four adults has hypertension, and only 33 percent of these individuals have their … Continue reading QIOs In Action: New England QIN-QIO Helps Improve Access to Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring

Increasing Home Health Face-to-Face Certification: Impact of a Hospital-Based Intervention

With support from our Rhode Island Healthcare Advisory Board, the New England QIN-QIO initiated collaboration between hospitals and home health agencies to improve patient transfers from the hospital to home. This collaboration led to interventions at hospitals in Rhode Island; most modified their discharge processes to embed required certification into the routine discharge paperwork for … Continue reading Increasing Home Health Face-to-Face Certification: Impact of a Hospital-Based Intervention

Es Temporada de Gripe Otra Vez

Tiempo para Vacunarse!View this article in English Su médico puede no haberle recordado que es esa época del año otra vez: La temporada de la gripe. Cada año, sobre todo en el otoño, invierno y primavera, la estación para tener una infección en las vías respiratorias, en la nariz, garganta y pulmones, regresa. Durante este … Continue reading Es Temporada de Gripe Otra Vez