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.

Stroke and the Importance of Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement

The number of Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes just got a lot higher. An estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. That’s nearly half of all adults in the United States....

One Minute I Could Talk; The Next, I Could Not

About 103 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure. Nearly half of those people don’t have their blood pressure controlled. High blood pressure causes the heart to pump harder to move blood through the body which can weaken blood vessels and damage...

Just Culture Impacts Risk Management

  Just Culture is a clear and easy-to-use healthcare quality tool used to manage risk and prevent adverse events.   Leaders use the system to determine if an action was a simple human error, a risky choice or a reckless choice and how that behavior or choice...

Challenges for Sepsis Survivors

Post-Sepsis Life: A Challenge for Many Survivors and their Loved Ones The National Sepsis Alliance recently shared information on what life looks like after sepsis. The article provides insight as to what follows after you are told you can go home. Every year, over 1...

Celebrating Healthcare Professionals

The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network team would like to celebrate the incredible people that you are, your incredible coworkers (including our own) and the places where you work!  Thank you for all you do to contribute to your profession, your communities and...

Champion Clean Care – It’s In Your Hands!

Protect yourself and your patients from potentially deadly germs by cleaning your hands. Be sure you clean your hands the right way at the right times. Simple hand hygiene is a practical and evidence-based approach with demonstrated impact on quality of care and...

Rolling out Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Providers

The misuse of prescribed and non-prescribed opioids has led to a rise in deaths and created a ripple effect for increased hospitalization and healthcare costs. Although education, resources, and policies have been developed for prescribing opioid medication,...

Opioid Prescribing Rate Maps for Great Plains QIN States Available

Many individuals and families in the United States are adversely affected by the opioid crisis, often from misuse of prescription opioids. While the epidemic of opioid misuse, overdose, and death is a multifaceted crisis, changing the management of pain towards...

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.