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  • Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Website Retires in March 2019

    Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) Website Retires in March 2019

      The PQRS program ended on December 31, 2018, and CMS is retiring the website on March 29, 2019. All of the posted resources currently on the website will no longer be available after March 29, 2019. Please download or read any educational materials on the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) website before it retires.…
  • Protecting the Health and Safety of all Americans

    Protecting the Health and Safety of all Americans

      Protecting the Health and Safety of all Americans Despite stringent safeguards, alarming stories continue to be reported about people, including some of our most vulnerable individuals, who have experienced harm in healthcare settings that is devastating to these patients and their families. These include cases of sexual, physical, or mental abuse; neglect and medical…
  • CMS Updates Consumer Resources for Comparing Hospital Quality

    CMS Updates Consumer Resources for Comparing Hospital Quality

      CMS Updates Consumer Resources for Comparing Hospital Quality The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated hospital performance data on the Hospital Compare website and on data.medicare.gov to empower patients, families, and stakeholders with important information they need to compare hospitals and make informed healthcare decisions. This data includes specific measures of hospitals’…
  • CMS Launches Podcast to Reach Stakeholders via Modern Platform

    CMS Launches Podcast to Reach Stakeholders via Modern Platform

    CMS Launches Podcast to Reach Stakeholders via Modern Platform New podcast “CMS: Beyond the Policy” offers regular episodes that discuss agency updates and policies in a user-friendly medium Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched “CMS: Beyond the Policy,” a new podcast highlighting updates and changes to policies and programs in an…
  • New Innovations in Technology Promote Patient Access

    New Innovations in Technology Promote Patient Access

    New Innovations in technology promote patient access and could make health data exchange a reality for millions. On Monday, February 11, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) released proposed rules to support seamless and secure access, exchange, and use of electronic health information. The…
  • AHRQ Analysis Finds Hospital-Acquired Conditions Declined By Nearly 1 Million from 2014-2017

    AHRQ Analysis Finds Hospital-Acquired Conditions Declined By Nearly 1 Million from 2014-2017

    AHRQ Analysis Finds Hospital-Acquired Conditions Declined By Nearly 1 Million from 2014-2017 New data released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) show reductions in hospital-acquired conditions such as adverse drug events and healthcare-associated infections helped prevent 20,500 hospital deaths and save $7.7 billion…

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  • Q&A with Precious McCowan, End Stage Renal Disease Patient and Advocate March 7, 2019
    Precious McCowan was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD) a decade ago and has since devoted her life to advocating for patients with the illness. She currently serves as a member of the ESRD Network 14 Patient Advisory Council (PAC), the Medical Review Board (MRB), the National Patient and Family Engagement-Learning and Action Network […]
  • 3 Tips to Maximize Care Quality for People with Type 2 Diabetes March 7, 2019
    Providing care to the 12 million seniors over age 65 living with diabetes poses a unique set of challenges. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, diabetes kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined, so the stakes are high. To help health care providers get the necessary […]
  • Closing the Awareness Gap: The Diabetes and Kidney Disease Relationship March 7, 2019
    Approximately one-quarter of the nearly 30 million American adults with diabetes have chronic kidney disease (CKD)—kidney damage or decreased kidney function that becomes life-threatening over time.  Two Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) spotted an opportunity to leverage their ongoing work in diabetes self-management education (DSME) to create awareness of CKD, improve screening rates and […]
  • 5 Steps for Giving a Voice to Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease March 7, 2019
    About 662,000 Americans are being treated for end stage renal disease (ESRD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While ESRD can impact people of any age, the illness dramatically affects the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beneficiary population.  In people aged 65 through 74 worldwide, an estimated 20 percent of men and 25 […]
  • QIOs In Action: Alliant Quality Brings Diabetes Self-Management to Georgia Dialysis Centers March 7, 2019
    According to The American Diabetes Association,1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, and one in three individuals are projected to develop type 2 diabetes by 2050. Furthermore, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015. However, evidence shows the use of diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES) has resulted in increased health […]
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