Friday, July 25, 2014

RI Medicare Non-Profit Receives $53.4 Million Federal Contract

Healthcentric Advisors, Medicare Rhode Island's Quality Improvement Organization, has been awarded a 5-year, $53.4 million federal contact by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“This award, on the part of CMS, acknowledges the positive role Healthcentric Advisors has played in improving the quality and safety of healthcare in Rhode Island. Again, our state will continue to serve as a national model for healthcare transformation initiatives,” said John Keimig, president and CEO of Healthcentric Advisors.
CMS awarded Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization contracts to 14 organizations across the country.  In order to reach the initiatives set forth in the QIN-QIO contract, Healthcentric Advisors will be joined by Qualidigm, the current QIO in the state of Connecticut, as a subcontractor.  Healthcentric Advisors and Qualidigm will administer the contract to all 6 New England states.
"Healthcentric Advisors and Qualidigm will work across New England on strategic initiatives such as reducing healthcare associated infections, reducing readmissions and medication errors, working with nursing homes to improve care for residents, supporting clinical practices in using interoperable health information technology to coordinate care, promoting prevention activities, reducing cardiac disease and diabetes, reducing health care disparities and improving patient and family engagement," a statement from Healthcare Advisors said. "The partnership will also provide technical assistance for improvement in CMS value based purchasing programs, including the physician value-based modifier program."

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Quarterly Listing of Program Issuances - April Through June 2014

This quarterly notice lists CMS manual instructions, substantive and interpretive regulations, and other Federal Register notices that were published from April through June 2014, relating to the Medicare and Medicaid programs and other programs administered by CMS.

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 Format for the Quarterly Issuance Notices

This quarterly notice provides only the specific updates that have occurred in the 3-month period along with a hyperlink to the full listing that is available on the CMS Web site or the appropriate data registries that are used as our resources. This information is the most current up-to-date information and will be available earlier than we publish our quarterly notice. We believe the Web site list provides more timely access for beneficiaries, providers, and suppliers. We also believe the Web site offers a more convenient tool for the public to find the full list of qualified providers for these specific services and offers more flexibility and “real time” accessibility. In addition, many of the Web sites have listservs; that is, the public can subscribe and receive immediate notification of any updates to the Web site. These listservs avoid the need to check the Web site, as notification of updates is automatic and sent to the subscriber as they occur. If assessing a Web site proves to be difficult, the contact person listed can provide information.

How to Use the Notice

This notice is organized into 15 addenda so that a reader may access the subjects published during the quarter covered by the notice to determine whether any are of particular interest. We expect this notice to be used in concert with previously published notices. Those unfamiliar with a description of our Medicare manuals should view the manuals at

Patient satisfaction survey to be rolled out across the entire NHS

A TEST ranking patient satisfaction with the care they have received is to be introduced at all NHS services in Worcestershire and across the country.
The Friends and Family Test – which was introduced at A&E services across England and Wales in April last year – asks patients whether they would recommend the service they received to others should they need healthcare.
NHS England this week said it would expand the test across the whole healthcare sector by April next year.
The test is designed to help patients chose services based on feedback by others while allowing providers to see where they need to improve.
Patients in Worcestershire can take part in the test by completing a card available throughout hospitals.