On the Lookout: CMS Seeks QIO Assistance to Improve Patient Safety In "Facilities Targeted for Improvement”

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published its revised 9th Statement of Work (“SOW”), which reflects a focus on improving the quality of patient safety at select hospitals and nursing homes determined to have “room for improvement” on certain matrices of patient care. Under the revised SOW, the country’s 53 Quality Improvement Organizations (“QIOs”) are tasked with working with institutions—some 4,000 nursing home and 900 hospitals nationwide—identified by CMS in a publication entitled “Facilities Targeted for Improvement” (also known as the “J17” list).

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