AQAF to lead Medicare quality improvement work in Alabama with new five-year contract
21 July 2014 by Michael Jones
AQAF, Alabama’s long-time Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO), will continue to lead healthcare quality improvement initiatives for the Medicare program in Alabama under a new redesigned five-year contract through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
In its most recent Request for Proposals to perform this work, CMS required that each bidder’s proposal include three to six states, rather than a single state as in the past.
As of August 1, 2014, Tennessee-based Qsource will become the prime Quality Improvement Network-QIO (QIN-QIO) for Alabama and three other states, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky, through July 2019.
As the QIN-QIO’s Alabama-based subcontractor, AQAF will continue to work with Alabama providers to promote patient-centered care, make care safer and more affordable, and improve population health. We will engage providers, patients, stakeholders, and communities throughout the state to develop and apply proven strategies for delivering safer, more efficient care.
Under the new structure the four-state group, called the atom Alliance, will work with healthcare providers and communities on multiple, data-driven quality initiatives to improve patient safety, reduce harm and improve clinical care.
Through its work, the Alliance will support CMS in its efforts to improve and promote healthcare quality across the entire four-state area to ensure the right care is provided to healthcare patients, at the right time, every time.
“AQAF looks forward to continuing our collaboration with our Alabama partners to drive improvements in quality, safety, and effectiveness of care,” said Dr. Wes Smith, AQAF’s CEO.