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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIO) Program

Sponsor

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Description

Under the direction of CMS, the QIO program consists of a national network of fifty-three QIOs responsible for each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia. QIOs work with consumers, physicians, hospitals, and other caregivers to refine care delivery systems to make sure patients get the right care at the right time, particularly among underserved populations. The program also safeguards the integrity of the Medicare trust fund by ensuring payment is made only for medically necessary services, and investigates beneficiary complaints about quality of care.

Data collection

Data are collected by the national network of fifty-three QIOs responsible for each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia according to data collection tools developed by QIOs or related organizations. Data for the AMI and pneumonia measures are a systematic random sample of up to 750 inpatient records per state. Data for the heart failure measure are from a systematic random sample of up to 800 inpatient records per state.

Primary Content

QIO measures included in the NHQR include those related to: acute myocardial infarction; heart failure; and pneumonia.

Population Targeted

Medicare beneficiaries as required for the relevant measure.

Demographic Data

Age, race, gender.

Contact Information

Agency homepage: http://www.cms.hhs.gov.

Data system homepage: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/QualityImprovementOrgs/.

References

See the QIO Statement of Work at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/QualityImprovementOrgs/.

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