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Medicare Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization

Implementing national health care quality prioritieslocally

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has set the following priorities for health care quality improvement to be implemented by its Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) program, from August 2014 through July 2019:

  • Improving cardiac health and reducing cardiac health care disparities
  • Reducing disparities in diabetes care
  • Improving prevention coordination through health information technology
  • Reducing health care associated infections in hospitals
  • Reducing health care acquired conditions in nursing homes
  • Improving the coordination of care between health care settings
  • Improving quality through performance-based incentives and reporting programs

The QIN-QIO program helps CMS implement key elements of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Quality Strategy and federal health reform efforts. To achieve national quality goals, QINs work in partnership with patients, providers, and practioners across organizations and care settings.

Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network facilitates health care quality improvement in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network (QIN) serves as a local change agent–in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin—to help CMS achieve the national health care quality goals. Lake Superior QIN operated by Stratis Health (Minnesota), MPRO (Michigan), and MetaStar (Wisconsin). Each serves as an independent, locally integrated field teams for their state by improving health quality at the community level. Stratis Health is the prime contractor with CMS, and MetaStar and MPRO serve as subcontractors.

Lake Superior QIN focuses on innovation spread. We support and convene providers, practitioners, and patients in statewide learning and action networks to build and share knowledge, spread best practices, and achieve rapid, wide-scale improvement. Our work supports CMS' value based purchasing programs with expert technical assistance to providers that includes sharing best practices, assisting with data analysis, and conducting improvement activities.

QIN-QIO Impact in MI, MN, WI. An overview of QIN-QIO work in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, 2014-2019. (2-page PDF)

For more information about the Medicare quality initiatives in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin visit the Lake Superior QIN website.

Stratis Health achieves QIN-QIO program goals in Minnesota

Stratis Health is uniquely positioned to effectively and efficiently meet the goals of the Medicare QIN-QIO program in Minnesota. We are well integrated with the Minnesota health care community, with long-standing and strong provider and partner relationships. We have great depth of knowledge and expertise in improving quality and patient safety, have a strong record of performance for all of our contracts and grants, and have continuously held the QIO contract in Minnesota since the inception of the program in the 1970s. Stratis Health staff possess strong applied research and clinical experience and expertise in continuous quality improvement theory and implementation, biostatistics, data analysis, data management, medical record abstraction, health education, project management, health informatics, and communications.