2016 CMS Quality Conference Promo

2016 CMS Quality Conference Promo


Hi, I’m Dennis Wagner. I’m the director of the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. And I’m Jeneen Iwugo, deputy director for the Quality Improvement and Innovation Group here at CMS. There are a lot of good things that are going to be happening at the upcoming CMS Quality Conference. We had a great conference last year. Patients at the center of the action. We have heard in the past from Bob and Barb Malizzo, from Alicia Coles, from Maggie Carey — many other very inspiring patients who have overcome significant harms in their own families and are giving back. They always inspire me so much. We also last year had just fantastic speakers. Don Berwick, Dr. Sanjeev Arora with Project Echo, administrator of CMS Andy Slavitt — it was really a spectacular conference. And this year is going to be even bigger and even better. You know, the CMS Quality Conference has grown. There were the days when the CMS Quality Conference was QIOs and ESRD Networks. Last year, we had QIOs and ESRD Networks but we also had Hospital Engagement Networks, Practice Transformation Networks, Support and Alignment Networks, the Medicaid CHIP Program And this year we’ve got new folks coming in addition to all the folks that we had there last year. We’ve got the new MACRA SURS contractors we expect will be there. These are the contracts that will be let to support small practices, rural practices and those serving the medically underserved with the Quality Payment Program. And one of the most exciting elements is that we are integrating much of our work with Quality Networks with the new Secretary’s Payment Learning and Action Network. And we’re expecting to have senior leadership from the Learning and Action Network and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation who will be part of this conference. And we’ll have an opportunity to continue the work of figuring out how our Quality Improvement Networks can contribute to the work of the Secretary’s Payment Learning and Action Network. Another great part of the conference every year is getting to connect personally with the people that you work with across the nation. We’re very fortunate to be leaders of robust national organizations and networks — but that means that we don’t always get to talk to everybody face-to-face. And a lot of our work is held over video conference or over teleconference, so connecting, taking the time after the conference is over to kind of work through some outstanding issues or celebrate wins that you’ve had over the last year is another thing that we encourage attendees to do, because it really does strengthen — strengthen and rejuvenate the relationships that you have with your partners. And you know, Jeneen, that ties in perfectly with our them: Aligning for Innovation and Outcomes. That’s what organized networking is all about. People come together, they make requests to each other, they make offers to each other. Those requests and those offers result in commitments and deals. And those deals make the world turn. So we’re talking about Aligning for Innovation and Outcomes, and the CMS Quality Conference is the place to do that. So we look forward to seeing you. Mark your calendars: December 13, 14 and 15. Baltimore, Maryland. It’s a great opportunity for you to connect, partner and share stories over the powerful work that we’ve done over the last two years.

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