2016 QIO Program Progress Report Released

June 14, 2017

CMS’ Annual Report Highlights QIN-QIOs’ contributions to national health quality improvement for Medicare beneficiaries

Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (Lake Superior QIN), the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, is pleased to share the findings from the third year of the QIO Program’s five-year performance period in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) newly released 2016 QIO Program Progress Report.

Lake Superior QIN is one of 14 QIN-QIOs that contributed to the Program’s success in improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries throughout the United States. The annual QIO Program Progress Report highlights how QIN-QIOs nationwide are bringing together local providers, partners and other stakeholders to achieve bold goals in health care quality improvement. It features recent success stories from around the country, data-driven results from QIN-QIOs and Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care (BFCC)-QIOs, and top takeaways from the 2016 CMS Quality Conference. These efforts are especially important in building the capacity for high quality care as this country prepares for a dramatically increasing aging population in the coming years.

The CMS progress report highlights how Lake Superior QIN is successfully supporting six practice transformation networks in its three-state region (under “Snapshots of Success”) to help clinics implement comprehensive quality improvement strategies.

“2016 was an outstanding year for both QIN-QIOs and BFCC-QIOs. QIN-QIOs were especially successful in achieving impactful results in the areas of care coordination, diabetes care and nursing home care,” said Dennis Wagner, Director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group (QIIG) within CMS’ Center for Clinical Standards and Quality. “QIN-QIOs’ work contributed to more than 24,300 hospital readmissions avoided, more than 27,800 beneficiaries educated in diabetes self-management, and a 21 percent reduction in inappropriate antipsychotic medication usage at nursing homes throughout the United States. Together, QIN-QIOs and BFCC-QIOs helped improve the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of care provided to our nation’s Medicare beneficiaries,” he concluded.

Early success for Lake Superior QIN includes supporting 825 health care and community organizations across 26 communities to reduce hospital readmissions by improving coordination of care. Medicare beneficiaries in these communities have had 1,653 fewer 30-day hospital readmissions, compared to the previous year.

Seniors living in nursing homes now have a better quality of life, as 6,991 fewer long stay nursing home residents are taking antipsychotic medication. Use of antipsychotics has declined to 13.4 percent in Lake Superior QIN’s three-state region, falling well below the national average of 16.3 percent.

For practices working with Lake Superior QIN, 33.4 percent of their Medicare beneficiaries are being screened annually for depression, more than double the national average of 14.7 percent.

“We are proud to continue our work to improve the quality of health care in Wisconsin, focusing on these important initiatives with providers in many different care settings,” said Greg Simmons, CEO, MetaStar.

The QIO Program Progress Report is available online at http://progressreport.qioprogram.org/. A printable PDF version is also available for download from that site.

About Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (Lake Superior QIN)

Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network brings together Medicare beneficiaries, providers, and communities in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin through data-driven initiatives that increase patient safety, make communities healthier, better coordinate post-hospital care, and improve clinical quality.


Contact: Kristin Westphal, Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Education