The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a four-year contract to IPRO Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor within its Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors (NQIIC). Within that contract, Qlarant will serve hospitals in Delaware, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
HQICs will provide targeted quality improvement assistance to small, rural and critical access hospitals and those hospitals that have been identified by CMS as requiring technical assistance. CMS has directed HQICs to use innovation to drive results and to implement data-driven quality improvement interventions to assist hospitals in ensuring the safety and quality of care delivered to all Medicare beneficiaries.
HQICs will partner with the targeted hospitals to help address needs such as infection control, pandemic readiness and response, a concerted response to the opioid epidemic and patient safety.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this special network – the quality improvement aspect of healthcare is a vital component of the overall process – Qlarant specializes in this area and is proud to support CMS as part of the IPRO HQIC,” says Bonnie Horvath, Program Director for Qlarant.
About Qlarant: Qlarant is a not-for-profit, nationally respected leader in fighting fraud, waste, and abuse; improving program quality, and optimizing performance. The company uses subject matter experts and innovative data science and technology to help organizations see risks, solve problems, and seize opportunities. Solutions are customized for state and federal agencies as well as commercial industries across the nation. The Qlarant Foundation— the mission arm of the organization—has provided over $5.6 million in grants to underserved communities. Qlarant employs nearly 500 people and has a 45-year record of accomplishment improving the performance of some of the nation’s most important programs. For more information visit www.qlarant.com
For more information on hospital quality improvement, please visit www.cms.gov.