FMQAI and HSAG Are Number One And One And The Same!
For the first time in Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program history, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) is restructuring the program to create a new approach in working with providers, families, and
caregivers to improve care for beneficiaries. The program had been administered through 53 state-based
contracts with 41 organizations. Now, new region-based contracts were awarded to 14 organizations
to work across the country on data-driven quality improvement initiatives. These QIOs are known
as Quality Innovation Network QIOs (QIN-QIOs). Furthermore, CMS separated out and awarded all
beneficiary medical case review activities to two Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care (BFCC)
FMQAI was acquired by HSAG in 2003, and the two organizations have been working together as two wholly-owned
subsidiaries for more than 10 years. Based on the CMS restructuring, HSAG and FMQAI merged into one organization
to competitively bid on the QIN-QIO contract and to expand their portfolios of projects and expertise
in several other key areas. By combining their talents and resources, HSAG was awarded the largest QIN-QIO
contract in the nation for the states of Arizona, California, Florida, and Ohio on July 18, 2014. Moreover,
on September 3, HSAG was awarded the QIO contract for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
HSAG will maintain its offices in Tampa, but at a new location at 3000 Bayport Drive, Suite 300, Tampa, FL 33607.
Management and staff members remain the same in Tampa and will continue their long-standing, successful
work in improving the quality of care provided to Medicare beneficiaries as part of the QIN-QIO and
dialysis patients as part of its End Stage Renal Disease Networks for Florida (Network 7), Southern
California (Network 18), and Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana (Network 13).
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