Since 1984, Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) have been a driving force for quality improvement throughout the country. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has transformed the QIO program to more effectively support the National Quality Strategy, and has again looked to the QIO program to work side-by-side with providers and patients in all settings of care. CMS has charged the Quality Innovation Network (QIN) QIOs with implementing strategies facilitating quality improvement throughout the health care system.
TMF Health Quality Institute has built a strong quality improvement team throughout the region consisting of Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, subcontracting with Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC). TMF, along with AFMC, serves as the TMF QIN-QIO to partner with providers and stakeholders throughout the region to meet objectives in support of the National Quality Strategy aims.
TMF, along with AFMC, provide targeted, technical assistance and engage providers and stakeholders in improvement initiatives through numerous Learning and Action Networks. The networks serve as information hubs to monitor data, engage relevant organizations, facilitate learning and sharing of best practices, reduce disparities and elevate the voice of the patient.
Current TMF QIN-QIO initiatives and networks include: