Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

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Four States

The Great Plains QIN was established to carry out the work of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program within Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. We offer technical assistance, tailored education, best practices, tools and resources for healthcare organizations and Medicare consumers.

One Commitment

Great Plains QIN aims to achieve better health care, improved health, safer care and lower healthcare costs. Each organization will continue their focus on improving care in conjunction with state partners, while pooling resources and common elements into an organization that can best serve the needs of healthcare providers and Medicare consumers across the region.

EMS Sepsis Screen Tool Increases Early Treatment

On August 9, Health Leaders reported that conducting sepsis screening during Emergency Medical Service (EMS) transport to an emergency department reduces time to treatment and nearly doubles adherence to the standard-of-care treatment bundle, according to a study...

REMINDER: Pain Management and Opioid Oversight WebEx

REMINDER: Pain Management and Opioid Oversight WebEx Pain management and opioid oversight: Ensuring quality, safety and compliance The Nebraska Coalition for Patient Safety is hosting a WebEx on the timely topic of antibiotic stewardship and pain management; focusing...

SEPSIS: Help Us Spread Awareness

In 2011, Sepsis Alliance designated September as Sepsis Awareness Month. Every September since, individuals and healthcare professionals, in every area of medicine and organizations big and small, are encouraged to help save lives by raising awareness of the leading...

Did You Know There are Two Pneumonia Vaccines?

Did you know there are two pneumonia vaccines? Pneumococcal vaccines help prevent infections caused by Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria. In older adults, this disease can cause serious illness or even death. Each year in the United States, pneumococcal disease kills...

Team Member Reflections: Joy and Satisfaction

As you may know, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is part of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At this time, CMS is working to identify priority areas for the QIO program...

Are Your Immunization Records Up to Date?

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of healthcare providers to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination. During NIAM, Great Plains Quality Innovation...

Patient Safety and Engagement

Originally published in the South Dakota Medicine Journal August 2019 issue. Stephan Schroeder, MD, CMD, CMQ Medical Director, South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care Health care is a complex, adaptive system where people, processes and technology intersect in a work...

Learning and Action Network

We invite you to join the Great Plains Learning and Action Network (LAN). All LAN partners will be invited to attend educational sessions on a variety of topics, have opportunities to learn from peers throughout the state and region and have access to an abundance of resources and tools. The LAN is a great opportunity to get connected and demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement.