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Part of the standards deal specifically with physician practice, pharmacy, and the Part D benefit.
CMS sets standards for QIOs to meetCMS has come out with a notice about new standards that quality improvement organizations (QIOs) must meet. QIOs are state-based groups charged with improving the quality of health care for Medicare beneficiaries. Part of the standards, published in the Aug. 7 Federal Register, deal specifically with physician practice, pharmacy, and the Part D benefit. CMS stated that QIOs' performance will be based on their completion of a quality improvement project designed to improve their stakeholders' care, the extent to which surveyed project partners express satisfaction with their QIO, and improvement in the measures targeted by the project. CMS is seeking comments to this notice by Sept. 6.