Qualityimprovementinitiatives

Quality Improvement Initiatives and Other
Technical Assistance Projects

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atom Alliance is committed to assisting providers and practitioners improve the quality of patient care. We provide quality improvement assistance on a large scale at a systems level or on a smaller scale at an individual case level.

Quality Improvement Initiatives (QIIs) are formal activities that use proven methodologies to achieve improvement. QIIs include the use of evidence-based tools and resources, measurable interventions and proven methodologies. Through QIIs, we can help you

  • identify the root cause of a quality concern
  • develop a framework for improvement
  • test the change, measure for improvement
  • adapt interventions for further improvement and spread

These initiatives may involve providers, practitioners, patients with Medicare and communities. They improve patient safety, health care, population health and value of care.

Referrals to atom for provider and/or practitioner assistance with QIIs may originate from various CMS-approved sources, including the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care QIO (BFCC-QIO), KEPRO if its case review confirms quality of care concerns. Other identified data-driven opportunities and specific provider or practitioner requests for technical assistance may also drive improvements.

We will work with you to devise measurable QIIs and monitor them for successful resolution.

Use the tabs to the right to search for specific tools and resources related to this page.

You can also search our comprehensive library of online resources, where you can sort by atom Alliance state, initiative, patient or provider focus or simply type in a keyword for quick access to the tools and resources you need.

Provider IIP Tool
Provider IIP Tool

Preview: Provider IIP Tool
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Root Cause Analysis
Root Cause Analysis

Preview: Root Cause Analysis
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593.19 KB | Last Updated: March 25, 2016

Root Cause Analysis Process
Root Cause Analysis Process

Preview: Root Cause Analysis Process
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169.00 KB | Last Updated: February 10, 2015

National Quality Strategy Toolkit
National Quality Strategy Toolkit

Preview: National Quality Strategy Toolkit
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1.95 MB | Last Updated: February 5, 2015

National Quality Strategy Lever Fact Sheet
National Quality Strategy Lever Fact Sheet

Preview: National Quality Strategy Lever Fact Sheet
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304.38 KB | Last Updated: August 21, 2015

National Quality Strategy Fact Sheet
National Quality Strategy Fact Sheet

Preview: National Quality Strategy Fact Sheet
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343.86 KB | Last Updated: February 5, 2015

QIO Program Progress Infographic 2011-2014
QIO Program Progress Infographic 2011-2014

Preview: QIO Program Progress Infographic 2011-2014
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1.68 MB | Last Updated: February 5, 2015

CMS Equity Plan
CMS Equity Plan

Preview: CMS Equity Plan
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433.40 KB | Last Updated: January 26, 2016

The Domestic Lean Goddess – Getting the Kids to School on Time – PDSA
IHI videos
The Model for Improvement (part 1)
The Model for Improvement (part 2)
PDSA (part 1)
PDSA (part 2)
Run Charts (part 1)
Run Charts (part 2)
Driver Diagrams
Logic Models
The QIO Program helps you embrace data in your healthcare setting
Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
The QIO Program shares 5 steps in the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to anticipate potential problems before they occur
Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
The QIO Program demonstrates how to identify the root cause of a problem using The 5 Whys
IHI Whiteboard: Model for Improvement, Clip 1
IHI Whiteboard: Model for Improvement, Clip 2
IHI Whiteboard: PDSA Cycles, Part 1
IHI Whiteboard: PDSA Cycles, Part 2
IHI Whiteboard: Cause & Effect Diagrams
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KEPRO is the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for the states in the atom Alliance. It is responsible for case review.

Our Initiatives Include:

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Improving Cardiac Health & Reducing Disparities

We assist home health agencies, physician offices, clinics and others spread the use of evidence-based practices to promote the “Cardiac ABCS” and support the Million Hearts initiative.
 

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Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care

Diabetes Self management Education (DSME) is a proven intervention for empowering persons with diabetes to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the quality of their lives.
 

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Prevention Coordination through Meaningful Use

We collaborate with Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to showcase proven interventions that result in primary care providers successfully meeting the requirements of the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.

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Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections

Using evidence-based strategies to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can increase the quality of patient care, save lives and decrease healthcare costs.
 

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Reducing Healthcare-Acquired Conditions

We are uniting nursing homes in a powerful collaborative to share tools, knowledge and experiences for improving resident safety and clinical processes and reducing preventable healthcare conditions.

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Coordination of Care

We are bringing together statewide communities to create powerful collaborations of change that promote the seamless coordination of care for older adults.
 
 

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Value-Based Payment, Quality Reporting & Physician Feedback

We help healthcare providers assess clinical quality of care, care coordination, patient safety, and much more to meet CMS quality reporting and value-based payment requirements.

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