November 12, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shayla Dobson Communications Coordinator
OFMQ Awarded Subcontract Work to Continue Improving Healthcare Quality
Oklahoma City, OK – OMFQ will continue its dedication to improving healthcare quality by serving as a subcontractor to Telligen, Inc., the organization that was recently awarded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC) contract. Charged with supporting the network of QIN Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) across the country, Telligen and its partners will advance CMS’ new approach to improving healthcare for Medicare beneficiaries, families and caregivers nationwide.
Over the next five years, Telligen and its subcontractors, including OMFQ, will partner with CMS and 14 QIN-QIO contractors to support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Quality Strategy (NQS) and the CMS Quality Strategy to accomplish better care, better health for people and communities and affordable care through improvements.
The QIO Program is one of the largest U.S. programs dedicated to improving health and quality of care at the community level. QIN-QIOs make up a network of experts in healthcare quality improvement and work in partnership with patients and families, providers, and healthcare stakeholders in every care setting on data-driven quality initiatives to improve patient safety, reduce harm, increase patient and family engagement and improve clinical care in communities throughout the country.
"OFMQ is proud to play an integral role in this CMS contract work, which is right in sync with our organization’s mission," said Lisa Wynn, chief operating officer, OFMQ. “It’s an opportunity to improve patient care and provide better healthcare for our fellow Oklahomans.”
The Telligen team, which includes a number of experts and partners, will provide improvement tools and facilitate communication between QINs, providers, state and federal agencies, internal and external stakeholders, communities, patients, caregivers and families at both the national and local levels to support improved healthcare quality and value for more than 45 million Medicare beneficiaries throughout the country. OFMQ will provide technical support for the tasks of Improving Cardiac Health and Reducing Cardiac Healthcare Disparities, and Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections in Hospitals, along with related analysis.
Support for the QIN-QIOs will be focused on the program’s strategic initiatives, including:
- Reducing healthcare‐associated infections in hospitals
- Reducing hospital readmissions and medication errors
- Working with nursing homes to improve care for residents
- Supporting clinical practices using electronic health records to track and improve care management and care coordination
- Promoting disease management and prevention of cardiac disease and diabetes
- Reducing healthcare disparities through community, provider, and patient-centered care and services
- Improving patient and family engagement
- Providing technical assistance for CMS value based purchasing programs, including the physician value based modifier program
In addition to this subcontract, OFMQ has been awarded contracts from CMS and other provider entities:
- VIQR Outreach and Education Support: As a subcontractor for the Hospital Inpatient Values, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VIQR) Outreach and Education Support contract from CMS, OFMQ will provide technical support for existing performance measures as well as production of instruction manuals.
- VIQR Monitoring and Evaluation: OFMQ leads monitoring and evaluating efforts for several reporting programs (including HVBP) and also identifies strategies and tool development to assess the impact of Quality Improvement Organizations in the 11th Scope of Work.
- Baylor Scott and White Health Care System Contractor: OFMQ experts will perform chart abstraction looking at cases specifically pertaining to Pneumonia, Immunizations and SCIP.
Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ) is a not-for-profit, consulting company dedicated to advancing healthcare quality. Since 1972, we’ve been a trusted resource through collaborative partnerships and hands-on support to healthcare communities. We are experts in analytics, case review, education, health information technology, IT consulting, national quality measures, and quality improvement. Visit www.ofmq.com for more information.