Primaris helps lead Medicare improvement efforts in Missouri

Columbia, MO—Thousands of Missouri Medicare beneficiaries are benefitting from quality improvement initiatives – ranging from immunization education to reducing hospital admissions and diabetes self-management – led by a team that includes Columbia-based Primaris as a subcontractor to the TMF Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 2016 QIO Program Progress Report highlighted the achievements of TMF Health Quality Institute and its partners. The report showed that as of June 30, more than 6,000 Medicare beneficiaries completed diabetes self-management education, making up 17 percent of that initiative’s national total.

As part of the TMF QIN-QIO, Primaris works with Missouri providers to promote patient-centered care, make care safer and more affordable, and improvement population health.

In Missouri, more than 5,800 fewer long-stay nursing home residents received antipsychotic medications. One initiative led to some 450 fewer hospital readmissions, a statistic that affected a potential 493,000 beneficiaries in six communities that focused on how to avoid readmissions.

“The progress report emphasizes the importance of the QIN-QIO work throughout the region and the country,” said Russell Kohl, MD, TMF’s chief medical officer.  “We work side-by-side with health care providers to improve the quality and strength of health care for Medicare beneficiaries.”

The TMF network includes Medicare beneficiaries and partners in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas.

The CMS report for Missouri’s quality improvement initiatives also showed:

-More than 768 Medicare beneficiaries completed diabetes self-management education. 
– More than 80,000 beneficiaries at high risk for an adverse drug event were screened, avoiding medication regime problems and unnecessary pain.
-More than 250,000 Medicare beneficiaries impacted through education and outreach about the importance of immunization. 

“These successes are due to the complex efforts providers are making across the state,” said Primaris CEO Richard A. Royer. “We are honored to be a part of making quality healthcare a reality for the residents of Missouri.”

The progress report showed improvements in all initiatives throughout the region.

“It’s important to recognize the tremendous impacts this program also has on both the costs of care and the lives and health of those who live in our region,” Kohl said. “I believe this progress report shows both.”


About Primaris:
Primaris is a healthcare consulting firm that works with hospitals, physicians and nursing homes to drive better health outcomes, improved patient experiences and reduced costs. Primaris has more than 30 years of experience advising healthcare organizations on how to improve quality, patient safety, and clinical outcomes. For more information, visit and follow @primaris_health.

About TMF Health Quality Institute
TMF Health Quality Institute focuses on improving lives by improving the quality of health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations. For more than 40 years, TMF has helped health care providers and practitioners in a variety of settings improve care for their patients.


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