Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care Team Gets CMS Contract

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014 10:52 am  

The Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care is part of a team that was recently awarded a five-year Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

AFMC, along with Primaris, will work under the umbrella of Texas Medical Foundation, which secured the contract, on the project.

The contract focuses on several issues like improving cardiac health and reducing cardiac health care disparities, reducing disparities in diabetes care, improving prevention efforts through meaningful use of health information technology, reducing infections in hospitals and reducing harm in nursing homes, among others.

CMS has restructured the QIO program in May. Among the changes was a switch from a state-specific QIO for quality improvement to a multi-state approach.

"TMF looks forward to expanding our quality improvement work throughout a larger region," Tom Manley, TMF president and CEO, said in a news release. "For more than 30 years, we have been dedicated to improving the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries in Texas and with our strong alliances throughout Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma; we are ready to continue this important work."

The contract aligns with the Department of Health and Human Services' National Quality Strategy to accomplish better care, better health for people and communities, and affordable care through improvements.

TMF, along with AFMC and Primaris, will provide targeted technical assistance and will engage providers and stakeholders in improvement initiatives through numerous learning and action networks.

CMS also made changes to separate medical case review and quality improvement efforts. Beginning Aug. 1, KePRO of Ohio and Livanta LLC of Maryland will handle all Medicare case review activities as part of the Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care QIO Program contracts.



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