Quality Conference

In 2016 CMS held its largest Quality Conference to date, with more than 2,400 attendees.

Important Results Announced


Former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden announced that the Million Hearts® initiative has prevented more than half a million heart attacks and strokes over the last five years, and will continue its work through 2022.


CMS announced its goal to achieve 90 percent participation by eligible clinicians in the Quality Payment Program by the end of 2017.

On Dec. 12, 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report showing a 21% decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) between 2010 and 2015. As a result,
an estimated 125,000 fewer patients died in the hospital, and more
than $28 billion in cost savings was achieved.

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Expanding the Dialogue: Spotlight on Social Media


participants tweeted during the conference, a 150% increase
from 2015.


#CMSQualCon16 was the 42nd most popular hashtag in the U.S., reaching more than
1.8 million individuals.


On December 19, the CMS Quality Conference was the 3rd trending health care conference out of 15.

The conference featured nine social media ambassadors representing CMS, QIN-QIOs, the BFCC-NCC and community partners. Tweets by the social media ambassadors garnered a total of 5,172 engagements.

Andy Slavitt, MBA
Former Acting Administrator
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Kimberly Shorter, MA, PMP
Program Analyst 
Office of Enterprise Information
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Shenita Freeman, MPH
Program Director
Wellness & Independence for Seniors at Home (WISH)The Coordinating Center
Emilie Fennell
Director, Communications and External Relations
TMF, the QIN-QIO for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Puerto Rico
Clare Bradley, MD
Senior VP and Chief Medical Officer
Atlantic Quality Innovation Network, the QIN-QIO for New York, South Carolina and D.C.
Carmen Gonzalez
Communications Project Manager
Health Services Advisory Group, the QIN-QIO for Arizona, California, Florida, Ohio and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Health Quality Innovators
The QIN-QIO for Maryland
and Virginia
Beneficiary & Family-Centered Care National Coordinating Center
Qualis Health
The QIN-QIO for Washington and Idaho

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