What are QIOs

According to the CMS website, Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) are private, mostly not-for-profit organizations, which are staffed by professionals, mostly doctors and other health care professionals, who are trained to review medical care and help beneficiaries with complaints about the quality of care and to implement improvements in the quality of care available throughout the spectrum…

Health Care Research Awards

The National National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) recently selected its five finalists for their Annual Health Care Research Award.  These studies include the following: Amitabh Chandra, Jonathan Gruber, Robin McKnight. “Patient Cost-Sharing and Hospitalization Offsets in the Elderly.” American Economic Review 100(1): 193-213. Mark Duggan, Fiona Scott Morton. “The Effect of Medicare Part D on Pharmaceutical Prices…

Disaster Management

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornados are some of the most devastating events any city can endure. These disasters compromise the health of many residents due to lack of food and clean water, injuries and contagious diseases.  For most of the history of the U.S., federal assistance to communities hit by diasters took…