Contact: Darlene Morris
Senior Director, Development & Grants
401.276.9141 x246

June 17, 2019

PROVIDENCE, RI — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected Rhode Island Quality Institute as a Prime awardee of the Network of Quality Improvement and Innovation Contractors. This designation will allow NQIICs to bid on Task Orders over the next five years.  As a Prime NQIIC awardee partnering with other Quality Improvement contractors under the new CMS Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract mechanism to support quality improvement efforts, each NQIIC may serve as:

•    Quality Improvement Experts
•    Facilitators/change agents for healthcare transformation by achieving bold aims at a high value
•    Innovators of quality improvement

As a NQIIC awardee, Rhode Island Quality Institute has demonstrated healthcare quality improvement expertise. Services supported by some of the NQIIC awardees may include:

•    Provide direct technical assistance in specific areas of healthcare quality improvement (e.g., patient safety, opioid misuse, nursing home quality, etc.)
•    Seek and gain commitments from patients, providers and stakeholders to achieve aims
•    Use a Human Centered Design that involves teaming with patient and family members to improve healthcare processes and outcomes.
•    Focused on helping providers and healthcare organizations to achieve quantitative results for improved outcomes, lower costs, better care, less provider burden, greater transparency and more.
•    Supporting a diverse array of organizations and populations, including: rural providers, vulnerable beneficiaries, clinical practices, hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis facilities and more.
•    Support providers in efficient use of Health Information Technology and interoperability
•    Serve as backbone organizations to form and engage Community Coalitions
•    Convene and support Learning and Action Networks (LANs)

About Rhode Island Quality Institute
RIQI is a center of collaborative innovation that advances health and healthcare transformation. Our mission is to improve the quality, safety and value of healthcare and share knowledge that advances the field of healthcare improvement. RIQI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2001 and overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of senior health industry leaders from our community, including CEOs of hospitals, health insurers and health-related businesses, along with leaders of consumer groups, academia and government agencies. For more information, visit