Partnering with the IPRO QIN-QIO on CMS Initiatives to Improve Healthcare Quality

Healthcentric Advisors, a member of the IPRO Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), hosted an informational webinar to discuss our new focus areas working on as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-funded QIN-QIO for your region. View the webinar slides or webinar recording to learn more. Our quality improvement experts discussed how we […]

The Power of Rural: Recognizing National Rural Health Day, November 21, 2019

We value our rural partners because we serve Maine, the most rural state in the nation. Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 60 million people – one in five Americans – call them home. These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs–it’s why we’re proud to recognize National […]

Project ECHO® 2018 Update

We recently wrapped up our second Project ECHO®: How to Operate with Meaningful Engagement for Staff Stability (HOMESS), developed for Nursing Homes and Skilled that struggle with staffing shortage and retention challenges. HOMESS is the second Project ECHO® we’ve completed this year. About 15 individuals joined each session representing centers in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, […]

Protect Your Adult Patients from Influenza This Season

Last year’s flu season was moderately severe but lasted a record-breaking 21 weeks. And while the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity often begins to increase in October, most commonly peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get […]

Study: What do physicians think of websites that rate physicians? Not much.

A recent survey of all physicians in Rhode Island, conducted by the Rhode Island Department of Health, found that half of physicians are unaware of the existence of websites (such as those run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Rhode Island Department of Health) that report hospital and physician quality measures. […]

Healthcentric Advisors Wins National Grant to Tackle Hypertension with Innovative Blood Pressure Monitoring Technology

Healthcentric Advisors, the only health quality organization in the nation to win the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highly competitive Special Innovation Project contract, will work to reduce uncontrolled hypertension among Rhode Island residents. Read recent media coverage in CovergenceRI and Providence Business News. The project will decrease uncontrolled hypertension in medically underserved communities […]

Project RED: Outcomes Congress Success

Recently, we partnered with Massachusetts Senior Care Association to share results of a Special Innovation Project at our “Outcomes Congress” with over 30 individuals from a range of settings. Project participants came together to highlight and learn from the success of key elements adapted from Project RED to support discharge from skilled nursing facilities back […]

New CDC Report: Antibiotic Prescribing and Use in the U.S.

Reducing inappropriate antibiotic use is important to protect patients from harm, effectively treat infections, and combat antibiotic resistance, one of the most urgent threats to public health. We work to ensure that healthcare providers in New England know the importance of appropriate antibiotic use, helping almost 300 outpatient sites implement the core elements of antibiotic […]

SPECIAL CMS LISTENING SESSION – 8/29/19 – CMS Regional Office Call on the Proposed rules for CY 2020 OPPS, Physician Fee Schedule, & ESRD/DME

On Monday, July 29th, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released three proposed payment rules: Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) payment systems; Physician Fee Schedule; and proposed changes to the Medicare payment rules for Durable Medical Equipment Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS), End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) […]