On November 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a five-year contract to an alliance of three organizations, IPRO, Healthcentric Advisors, and Qlarant to serve as a regional Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) under the recently launched 12th Statement of Work. IPRO, based in Lake Success, NY is serving as prime contractor with Healthcentric Advisors serving as a subcontracting member for New England. For the past five years, Healthcentric Advisors served as the QIN-QIO for the six New England states.
QIN-QIOs serving under the 12th Statement of Work will provide customized quality improvement to nursing homes and providers, serving rural communities and the most vulnerable populations. Through this body of work, CMS is focusing on results, protecting taxpayer dollars, and most importantly, ensuring the safety and quality of care delivered to every Medicare beneficiary.
“We are pleased and grateful that the federal government has recognized our team’s commitment to our work and our breadth of experience and expertise. Working cooperatively with providers in 11 states and D.C., we will make major gains in addressing some of the most challenging issues our healthcare system has to grapple with.”Theodore O. Will, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer, IPRO
Under the award, Healthcentric Advisors leads quality improvement work in all six New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island). IPRO direct activities in New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. Qlarant direct activities in Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.
The alliance of IPRO, Healthcentric Advisors, and Qlarant is responsible for nursing home and community coalition quality improvement focused on the following areas: