Meeting of doctors
October 24, 2016
by ali

We are pleased to announce that Alliant Quality, a division of Alliant Health Solutions, has been tasked with two Special Innovation Project (SIP) awards from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

CMS stated in a blog post, “the QIN-QIOs selected to carry out these SIPs will leverage their data-driven approach, extensive partnerships, and the voices of patients and families to positively impact Medicare beneficiaries in their communities and nationwide.”

As the QIN-QIO for Georgia and North Carolina, Alliant Quality works to ensure Medicare beneficiaries receive health care that is high-quality, coordinated, effective and efficient. These contracts will allow Alliant Quality to further our efforts to improve the health of the people we serve – and the care they receive.

The SIP awards focus on improving the quality of care for two patient populations:

Palliative Care in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Recent studies indicate that most Medicare beneficiaries would like the end of their life to be marked by loving care at their place of residence, rather than receiving highly technical care in a hospital. Despite a growing focus on patient-centered care, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) struggle to deliver care in this way. The goal of this project is to improve the quality of life and satisfaction with end-of-life care received by residents of SNFs, and to reduce unnecessary acute care transfers.

Eliminating Suffering for Sickle Cell Disease Patients

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common genetic disease in the US, affecting over 100,000 individuals. Patients with SCD often receive inappropriate pain management in emergency departments, resulting in long wait times and significant suffering. The goal of this project is to improve the identification and treatment of SCD in emergency room care, in order to alleviate the pain experienced by these patients.

We are excited to further our work with CMS, together ensuring that beneficiaries receive better care, better health and greater value.