A new progress report on CMS’ Quality Improvement Organization Program, a five-year project designed to enhance the quality of services for Medicare beneficiaries, notes key achievements since the implementation of the program. These achievements include significant reductions in adverse drug events, infections, wounds and use of restraints in nursing homes.
In August 2014, CMS redesigned the QIO program for which 5,000 nursing homes were recruited to participate. The following are some of the achievements among participating nursing homes:
- 44,640 potential adverse drug events prevented
- 3,374 pressure ulcers were prevented or healed in 787 facilities
- 6,250 Medicare beneficiaries in 981 facilities are now restraint free
- 85,149 fewer days with urinary catheters for Medicare beneficiaries.
The QIO program “hopes to unite nursing homes, key stakeholders and organizations throughout their communities to share tools, knowledge and technology to achieve system-wide improvement.” According to a recent Inspector General report, one in five nursing home residents suffer preventable harm.
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