QIOs

  1. Are any of your home health agencies working with their QIOs on outcome projects? I am planning to submit one in the first quarter. Probably in late March.

    renerian
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  3. by   hoolahan
    Quote from renerian
    Are any of your home health agencies working with their QIOs on outcome projects? I am planning to submit one in the first quarter. Probably in late March.

    renerian
    You are speaking Greek to me. How many ways can there be to say quality? What does QIO stand for??
  4. by   renerian
    Quality Improvement Organization. They are partnering with agencies under Medicare direction to help get outcome based data off the ground. Did your QIO contact you yet?

    renerian
  5. by   NRSKarenRN
    the qio in pa is quality insights of pa.http://www.qipa.org/medprohomehealth.asp they have been much more proactive than our prior keypro organization.

    cms: home health quality initiative
    "the purpose of the hh obqi system is to enable and empower home health agencies to target any of the 41 outcomes the agency believes it needs to improve."
    http://www.cms.hhs.gov/quality/hhqi/


    my agency is signed up as test group to get obqi off the ground here. i can put you in touch with our qi manager if interested.

    much focus on improving our client's functional status, pain mgmt, rate retrun to hospital.
    better dig out our quality goal sheet as i'm at a loss for others :imbar

    too busy in auth dream land as we have copay's for mc hmo's in my area to contend with!
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 18, '04
  6. by   hoolahan
    OK, but can I just say...look at how many times the same initials are used in different arrangements, when they are all refewrring to basically the same thing.

    Why can't we just keep it simple? It is getting ridiculous
    [/end rant]
  7. by   renerian
    I know hoolahan it is alot of intials, QA, QI, PI, OBQI LOL. I have been in touch with the Keypro here and they have been very helpful. I hope to submit something in March on foley infections.

    renerian
  8. by   renerian
    Karen or Hoolahan does your agency participate in the Keypro conference calls on QI? Just curious.

    renerian
  9. by   renerian
    I got a great QI kit from my QIO today. I plan to put it to good use. Not everyone gets excited about QM! LOL.

    renerian
  10. by   NRSKarenRN
    REnerian:

    Martha the QI director at my agency participates in conference calls with Quality insights asthey are PA reviewer.

    KEYPRO lost PA's contract as not as proactive as Quality Insights. I see a BIG difference with QI providing tons of info and conference calls this year. Also, CMS has released $$$ and rebid companies across US to shakeup and improve quality for MC clients.
  11. by   renerian
    I keep trying to log onto the monthly conference calls and I am so swamped I usually cannot get to do so. We hired a new DON so that will free me up to do more QM.

    renerian

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