QIOs improve healthcare, stakeholders say
Three-fourths of major healthcare stakeholders find that quality improvement organizations (QIOs) improve healthcare, according to a recent survey.Independent researcher Westat interviewed more than 1,300 small, medium and large stakeholders nationwide to determine their knowledge of QIO activities, satisfaction with QIO information and assistance, perceived value of a QIO and interactions with a QIO. Providers are doing a better job providing care because of QIOs, stakeholders agreed.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services commissioned the survey, "Stakeholder Survey: Baseline Study Report." A second survey will be conducted in 2007. Survey respondents included the American Health Care Association and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. State-based stakeholders included state survey agencies, state offices of rural health, and long-term care ombudsman programs.