Qsource Community Partnerships (QCP), a grant-funding program established by Qsource in 2018, supports programs that pursue improvement in health outcomes. Today, Qsource announced its grant awardees for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20). This QCP grant cycle will support 19 health improvement projects conducted in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee.
INDIANAPOLIS: On November, 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a five-year contract to Qsource to serve as a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) in Indiana under the recently launched 12th Statement of Work.
In Clinton County, Ind. the average rate of non-fatal emergency department visits due to opioid overdoses is two times higher than the state rate at 78.93 per 100,000. The county was ranked 3rd in the state with significantly higher non-fatal emergency department visits due to overdose. The Medicare population has among the highest and fastest-growing rates of diagnosed opioid use disorder, currently at more than six of every 1,000 patients.
We were asked to promote a national cultural competency certification initiative for healthcare providers to complete a series of online modules and receive Continuing Medical Education credits free-of-charge.
Given the heightened awareness of pain management and the opioid epidemic, Qsource needed to create awareness that treatment of a sickle cell disease (SCD) pain crisis is a time-sensitive condition. Also, busy Emergency Department (ED) healthcare providers needed encouragement to use the current National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute guidelines and have systematic processes in place to treat SCD most effectively.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected Qsource as a Prime awardee of the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractor. This designation will allow NQIICs to bid on Task Orders over the next five years.
Benjamin S. Heavrin, MD has been appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Qsource, a Tennessee-based not-for-profit consultancy that oversees federal, state and commercial healthcare quality improvement programs in a 12-state region. In this role, Dr. Heavrin will provide clinical and administrative leadership across healthcare settings while working closely with Qsource staff and senior leadership to help define and achieve the organization’s corporate goals.