CMS Plans To Launch Online Clearinghouse with Information for Medicare Providers
CMS next month will launch a Web-based clearinghouse to provide information on health interventions and other health issues of importance to Medicare providers nationwide. The Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, a health care quality improvement organization, will help develop and administer the application, which is intended to streamline operations in the Medicare quality improvement program. The Web site, called the Medicare Quality Improvement Clearinghouse, will feature information on clinical intervention tools and other information for members of Medicare's QIO Program, a national network of contractors who are responsible for monitoring and improving Medicare recipients' quality of care. MedQIC will focus on health issues that affect Medicare beneficiaries in substantial numbers, including breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and immunizations. The site also will feature information for improving quality of care in nursing homes, home health settings and underserved populations. While the site will be available to the public, it is intended mainly for QIOs and health care providers (Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care release, 9/16). For more iHealth & Technology stories, visit iHealthBeat.org, a new Web publication sponsored by the California HealthCare Foundation.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.