Feds Find Widespread Support for QIO Activity

A recent survey of hospitals’ attitudes toward Medicare-funded Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) finds widespread support for the technical assistance offered by the groups. The Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a long-awaited report at the end of January 2015 that addresses overlapping responsibilities of three groups of contractors funded by Medicare. The contractors discussed in the OIG-HHS report are the state-based QIOs (recently restructured as 14 regional Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization contractors), the regional Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) contractors and the regional Community-based Care Transition Program (CCTP) contractors. The survey included 410 hospitals enrolled in Medicare in 2013 – of which 93 percent of hospitals responded to a written QIG-HHS questionnaire. All hospitals responding to the survey said they derive benefit from working with QIOs; with a majority of respondents citing the value QIOs provide in connecting hospitals on similar projects, defining clinical measures to track, and developing and explaining comparative data reports. A copy of the report, Quality Improvement Organizations Provide Support to More than Half of Hospitals but Overlap with other Quality Improvement Programs is available at http://go.usa.gov/Jupm.