HCA Members Share Innovations with CMS QIO Leader Dennis Wagner 

At HCA’s Annual Conference earlier this month, we were delighted to host Dennis Wagner, Director of the Quality Improvement & Innovation Group at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Mr. Wagner shared the priorities and strategic goals of his office, and of CMS generally, to empower patients, focus on results, and unleash innovation through patient safety initiatives, price transparency, payment demos fostering innovations, and more.

HCA provider representatives were eager to share innovations of their own, some of them through voluntary investments or proactive program designs, as well as others driven by state and federal policy incentives.

Mr. Wagner heard about the work of agencies to implement remote patient monitoring programs for children with medical complexity, programs to provide nursing visits for patients diagnosed with asthma, providers working with other settings through the HCA-developed Hospital-Home Care-Physician collaboration program, care to special populations, new directions in technology and more.

HCA has profiled these programs in past editions of The Capitol Report and will continue to do so in upcoming editions.