The 41 communities participating in the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) program receive assistance from the Health Quality Innovation Network (HQIN) to improve health care at the grass roots level by developing local solutions that make care safer, more accessible and less costly Participants receive training, access to quality improvement tools and data analyses to guide their progress. They also receive coaching from Health Quality Innovators or one of our locally based HQIN improvement partners, The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence or the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative.
In addition to improving care in their community, health departments, Area Agencies on Aging, emergency medical services, pharmacists, community-based organizations, faith communities, patient and family advocates and other participating partners contribute to these significant national goals:
- Reduce avoidable hospital admissions and readmissions.
- Develop effective alternatives to emergency department visits and hospital admissions for “super-utilizer” patients who frequently visit the ER.
- Increase access to behavioral health care for people with depression, substance use disorders and dementia.
- Prevent opioid misuse, overdoes and deaths while increasing treatment availability.
- Decrease adverse drug events for older adults.
- Expand screening for chronic kidney disease and access to lifestyle change programs for people with cardiac risks or diabetes.
- Reduce difficile in all care settings.