The TMF Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (TMF QIN-QIO) has received high marks for its work to help reduce hospital admissions and readmissions, improve cardiac health and diabetes education, and for partnering with community health organizations on a variety of successful health care initiatives.
Those conclusions, among others, were included in a Sept. 4 Contractor Performance Assessment Report (CPAR) that evaluated the TMF QIN-QIO’s performance in health care quality improvement initiatives for the Medicare program in Missouri. As a subcontractor to TMF Health Quality Institute, Primaris is part of the TMF QIN-QIO. Primaris serves as the boots on the ground in Missouri and works with providers to promote patient-centered care, make care safer and more affordable and improve population health.
CPAR is the system the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) uses to document contractor and grantee performance and compliance with federal regulations. The CPAR report noted that in addition to meeting or exceeding several goals and targets aimed at quality care, the TMF QIN-QIO demonstrated strong professionalism and integrity, as well as a management.
“The TMF QIN-QIO is committed to improving the quality of health care for all Medicare beneficiaries,” said Russell Kohl, MD, FAAFP, chief medical officer for TMF Health Quality Institute. “We are very proud of the successes and impact the dedicated Missouri team has made on key quality improvement initiatives throughout the state.”
The TMF QIN-QIO includes the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, Primaris in Missouri, and the Quality Improvement Professional Research Organization Inc. and Ponce Medical School Foundation in Puerto Rico. The CMS-contracted QIN-QIOs work with healthcare providers, stakeholders, and patients to lead large-scale change and improvements in health care quality.
“It’s always gratifying to know that our work continues to help promote and improve the quality of health care in our region,” said Primaris CEO Richard A. Royer. “I’m especially proud, but not surprised, to see more validation of how our team takes a lot of pride in the mission that we share with the TMF QIN-QIO.”
The TMF QIN-QIO provides education, training, resources, and other assistance to recruited practices and home health agencies to improve cardiac health care disparities, nursing home care, quality improvement and reporting, and other goals. Visit the TMF QIN-QIO website to learn more: www.TMFQIN.org.
For more than 35 years, Primaris has championed healthcare quality improvement by combining in-depth knowledge, hands-on experience and an enthusiastic expert staff. We partner with physicians, providers, patients and payers to improve clinical outcomes and the patient experience. Located in Columbia, Mo., Primaris also has a non-profit Foundation that provides health insurance counseling services for Missourians. More information is available at www.primaris.org
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