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NIUs ILHITREC partners in two multi-state healthcare quality improvement consortiums

November 4, 2019

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) selected Indiana University and Altarum as prime awardees of the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractor (NQIIC). NIU’s Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (ILHITREC) is a partner in these two multi-state consortiums that were awarded under this initiative.

This designation will allow NQIIC to bid on task orders over the next five years. As a prime NQIIC awardee partnering with other quality improvement contractors under the new CMS Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract mechanism to support quality improvement efforts, each NQIIC may serve as:

  • Quality improvement experts.
  • Facilitators/change agents for healthcare transformation by achieving bold aims at a high value.
  • Innovators of quality improvement.

As an NQIIC awardee, Indiana University, Altarum and NIU’s ILHITREC have demonstrated expertise in healthcare quality improvement. Services supported by some of the NQIIC awardees may include:

  • Provide direct technical assistance in specific areas of healthcare quality improvement (e.g., patient safety, opioid misuse, nursing home quality, etc.).
  • Seek and gain commitments from patients, providers and stakeholders to achieve aims.
  • Use a human-centered design that involves teaming with patient and family members to improve healthcare processes and outcomes. 
  • Focus on helping providers and healthcare organizations to achieve quantitative results for improved outcomes, lower costs, better care, less provider burden, greater transparency and more. 
  • Support a diverse array of organizations and populations, including rural providers, vulnerable beneficiaries, clinical practices, hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis facilities and others. 
  • Support providers in the efficient use of health information technology and interoperability.
  • Serve as backbone organizations to form and engage community coalitions.
  • Convene and support Learning and Action Networks (LANs). 

ILHITREC has successfully assisted thousands of Illinois providers with regulatory, incentive and quality improvement programs. These programs can be challenging but are necessary as healthcare moves to value-based care. ILHITREC specifically designs its support for healthcare practices to provide the tools and assistance they need to succeed. ILHITREC works through partnerships with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (ILHFS), as well as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to provide assistance at no cost.