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Cykert Delivers Presentation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ 2010 QualityNet Conference

NC AHEC’s Sam Cykert, MD, AHEC Regional Extension Center clinical director, recently delivered a presentation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2010 QualityNet conference, which took place November 30 - December 2, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront in Baltimore, MD. Cykert spoke on The Movement Toward HIT Adoption and Quality Improvement: ONC Regional Extension Centers (REC) & Meaningful Use.

The QualityNet conference brought together national health care leadership from CMS, Medicare Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) quality partners from around the nation, the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Organizations, and other public and private stakeholder organizations to discuss the new directions for health care quality improvement work nationwide. This year’s conference theme, Sparking Innovation, Igniting Action: Lighting the Way to Tomorrow’s Health Care, encouraged partnership and collaboration at the conference, as well as emphasized the national QIO Program’s expanding focus.

Other speakers at the 2010 QualityNet conference included Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, CMS administrator; Charles Denham, MD, chairman of the Texas Medical Institute of Technology; and David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, national coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

About CMS’ National Quality Improvement Organization Program
CMS’ national health care Quality Improvement Organization Program has the mission to share and leverage its collective knowledge and expertise with beneficiaries, providers and other health care stakeholders to improve the quality of care for individuals, overall population health, and health care value for all Americans. The national QIO program is implemented locally by an independent network of QIOs in each state, as well as in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

About CMS’ ESRD Network Organization Program
CMS’ national End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network Organization Program consists of a national network of 18 ESRD Networks, responsible for each U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia. ESRD Networks work with consumers and ESRD facilities and other providers of ESRD services to refine care delivery systems to make sure ESRD patients get the right care at the right time. They assure the effective and efficient administration of benefits, improve the quality of care for ESRD patients, collect data to measure care quality, assist ESRD patients and providers, and evaluate and resolve patient grievances.