By Matt Kuhrt @ Fierce Healthcare
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported results and milestones for its Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program in 2016. The programs, which encompass Quality Innovation Network QIOs (QIN-QIOs) and Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-QIOs (BFCC-QIOs), aim to drive higher quality, more efficient and more equitably distributed healthcare.
The report highlighted improvements in care coordination, which the agency estimated avoided more than 24,000 unnecessary readmissions affecting over 23 million beneficiaries. CMS also reported healthy expansion of diabetes self-management education programs, which QIN-QIOs helped to provide to more than 27,000 beneficiaries in rural, poor and diverse communities.
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