Hospital Quality Improvement Initiative

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TMF Health Quality Institute helps hospitals participating in the Hospital Quality Improvement Initiative (HQIC) reduce all-cause patient harm and readmissions in rural, medically underserved and vulnerable populations. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has contracted with TMF to work with qualifying hospitals. Together, we will identify solutions to improve health care outcomes and improve patient care in your facility.

As a member of the HQIC network, you have access to the latest news, resources, learning opportunities and forum discussions. Your hospital and health care providers work hard every day to provide safe reliable quality care. TMF looks forward to partnering with you to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, economy and quality of services delivered to your patients.

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Ground Ambulance Services: Waiver for Treatment in Place
Read this fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to learn when Medicare pays for ground ambulance services without a transport during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.
CMS Increases Medicare Payment for COVID-19 Monoclonal Antibody Infusions
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has increased the Medicare payment rate for administering monoclonal antibodies to treat beneficiaries with COVID-19, continuing coverage under the Medicare Part B COVID-19 vaccine benefit. Beneficiaries pay nothing out of pocket, regardless of where the service is furnished – including in a physician’s office, health care facility or at home.
New Program: HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund
On May 3, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced the HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund. This program covers the cost of administering COVID-19 vaccines to patients enrolled in health plans that either don’t cover vaccination fees or cover them with patient cost-sharing.
COVID-19 Update: CMS proposes to enhance the medical workforce in rural and underserved communities
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule for inpatient and long-term care hospitals to fund medical residency positions in rural and underserved communities, and require hospitals to report COVID-19 vaccination rates among their workers to contain the spread of the virus.
Dialysis Facilities: Partnership to Vaccinate Dialysis Patients and Health Care Personnel
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is partnering with dialysis organizations nationwide to make COVID-19 vaccine available for administration in outpatient dialysis clinics for patients and health care personnel, to help protect this high-risk population and their care providers. Medicare patients pay nothing for COVID-19 vaccines, and there is no copayment, coinsurance, or deductible.
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