CMS Quality Improvement Network (QIN)

The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program's 14 Quality Innovation Network-QIOs (QIN-QIOs) bring Medicare beneficiaries, providers, and communities together in data-driven initiatives that increase patient safety, make communities healthier, better coordinate post-hospital care, and improve clinical quality. The QIO Program is one of the largest federal programs dedicated to improving health quality at the local level and supports the priorities of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Quality Strategy (NQS). The QIN-QIO’s partner with health care and community partners to improve our nation’s quality of care and the program aligns with the six CMS Quality Strategy Goals. One focus area of the QIN-QIO program is behavioral health. The purpose of the Behavioral Health quality improvement initiative is to increase the identification of people with depression or alcohol use disorder in primary care settings through screening. QIN-QIOs are working with primary care practices across the country to set-up processes and norms for screening all patients. As a result of this initiative, short recorded learning modules are available to support primary care settings learn about and implement screening for depression and alcohol use disorder.