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Led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program is one of the largest federal programs dedicated to improving health quality at the community level. Since 1984, the Program has evolved to become a keystone for ensuring people with Medicare get the care they deserve, which ultimately improves care for everyone.

QIOs bring together thousands of hospitals, nursing homes, physician practices and patient advocates to quicken the pace and broaden
the spread of positive change in health quality. QIO Program initiatives include focusing on reducing health care-associated infections, improving transitions of care, reducing the potential for adverse drug events, preventing pressure ulcers and reducing restraint use in nursing homes, and using technology to coordinate preventive care. The work that QIOs perform supports the aims of the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Quality Strategy.


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