Story: Five Regional QIOs

In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a Special Innovation Project (SIP) to Telligen (then the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care) to use data to build community capacity to improve health. SIPs are typically two-year health care quality improvement projects that align with CMS’s quality strategy goals and are expected to generate a significant impact if successfully scaled. ReThink Health and Telligen worked in five regions  (through their respective state quality improvement organizations – QIOs) to explore innovative ways to improve health and health care and lower costs for Medicaid beneficiaries. The project’s goal was to help the communities and their QIOs learn how they could work together to address local health challenges such as residents with multiple chronic diseases; amputation and diabetes care; high costs associated with low quality; inefficiency; and healthcare disparities.

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