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Medicaid Quality Improvement

AFMC’s team of outreach specialists work with health care providers on quality improvement projects sponsored by Arkansas Medicaid. The Medicaid Quality Improvement (MQI) team works with physician practices, hospitals and other health care providers, while the Inpatient Quality Improvement (IQI) program focuses on the state’s acute care hospitals.

Every Arkansan deserves the best health and health care possible. AFMC’s Medicaid Quality Improvement (MQI) team, in collaboration with Arkansas Medicaid, works to help the state’s health care professionals offer the best quality care. Together, we’re dedicated to building a better, safer health care system for Medicaid beneficiaries and all Arkansans.

Project development

  • Identify trends for improving specific aspects of care
  • Support health care professionals to accomplish project goals
  • Outcomes benefit Medicaid beneficiaries and all Arkansans
  • Serve as models for improving care not only in Arkansas, but also nationally

Working directly with health care professionals

  • Assess the needs of individual provider or practice
  • Offer real-world guidance and assistance onsite

Educational materials

  • Posters for waiting rooms and exam rooms
  • Brochures and handouts for patients and families
  • Forms and templates to assist with evidence-based care delivery
  • Reports and reference materials for physicians
  • Public health messages that reach specific populations

Inpatient Quality Incentive

The Inpatient Quality Incentive (IQI) program provides millions of dollars in performance bonus payments to hospitals that improve care for clinical priorities of the Arkansas Medicaid program. This program reflects a growing movement toward rewarding hospitals for commitment to quality and providing evidence-based care to their patients. Since inception of the IQI program in 2007, Arkansas Medicaid has awarded more than $31 million to hospitals that have participated in the program and successfully improved their quality of care.

The IQI program requires hospitals to meet specific goals for a number of quality measures–certain aspects of care proven to improve outcomes for patients. Hospitals also must pass validation to receive payment or recognition. Including a validation component makes IQI a unique Medicaid pay-for-performance program for hospitals.

Arkansas Medicaid, along with the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care (AFMC) worked together to develop the IQI program, which has earned national attention for its innovative involvement with the health care community.

To find out more about AFMC’s Arkansas Medicaid quality improvement initiatives, call 501-212-8770.

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