CQI Plan
STEP BY STEP CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PLAN FOR DSME, MNT AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS
CQI (Continuous Quality Improvement) is a management philosophy combined with a concrete plan used by clinicians in DSME, MNT and weight management programs to improve their processes for the patients, the practice, and the providers they serve. Unfortunately, CQI has caused much frustration among diabetes educators and RDNs over the years. Educators have lost their program AADE accreditation or ADA recognition due to not implementing required CQI activities. It was lost because having a CQI process and reporting project results is one of the ten National Standards of DSME…and adherence to these standards is essential to maintain program certification (and this certification is required for Medicare DSMT reimbursement). This presentation will eliminate these frustrations, once and for all, as Mary Ann will greatly simplify this topic. She will take you through the easy 4 Step CQI Process in a very organized way, using a common DSME problem case study: the retention of patients diminishes progressively after the 2nd visit to 50% or less. Ugh!

With the simple planning and organizing tools you will receive, all your team members will be encouraged to continuously ask: How are we doing? Can we do it better…more efficiently? Can we be more effective? Can we do it faster? Can we do it in a more timely way? And, they WILL complete the required CQI project with greater confidence and ease! Attendees will also receive Mary Ann's "Tool Box and Self-Assessment for a CQI Plan in a Best Practice DSME, MNT or Weight Management Program".
Upon successful completion of this two-hour course, the participant should be able to:
  • Name the 3 types of quality measures used to routinely establish and monitor improvement efforts in a DSME/MNT/WT MANGT program routinely.


  • Name the 4 groups who benefit most from clinicians' adherence to DSME/MNT/WT MANGT standards of care, as the standards improve the quality and consistency of the programs (all groups start with the letter "P").


  • Name the 2 goals of a CQI plan.


  • Name the 2 types of target markets for a DSME/MNT/WT MANGT program.


  • Name the 4 steps in the CQI process.
Live Event Date: Oct 25, 2016
Learning Need Codes (LNC): 7000, 7050, 7160, 9050
Performance Indicators/Learning Objectives: 6.1.1, 6.1.3, 6.1.6, 6.1.7
Target Audience: RDs, CDEs, Health Professionals
Number of Credits: 2.0
Level(s): 1, 2
Total Cost: $36 ($18.00 per credit)

About the Presenter: Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RD, CDE, MBA, Certified Endocrinology Coder

Mary Ann Hodorowicz, RDN, CDE, MBA, Certified Endocrinology Coder owns a corporate consulting practice in Palos Heights, IL, (Mary Ann Hodorowicz Consulting, LLC) that specializes in customized consulting, training, writing and professional presentation services for the healthcare and food industry in these areas:

  • Diabetes Self-Management Education/Training (DSME/T).
  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).
  • Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP).
  • Medicare Intensive Behavior Therapy for Obesity Benefit.
  • Diabetes Care Services: Shared Medical Appointments, CGM, CSII, SMBG, Remote Patient Monitoring, Chronic Care Management, Insulin Titration, etc..
  • Medicare and Private Payer Insurance Reimbursement for above.
  • Medicare Quality Payment Plan and Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) For RDNs.
  • Business Plans (Clinical, Marketing, Operational, Financial and CQI components).
  • Evidence-Based Standards of Diabetes Care.
  • Achieving AADE Accreditation or ADA Recognition for DSME/T Programs (requirements and comprehensive turn-key materials, including Policy and Procedure Manual).
  • E.M.A. Tools for Successful Behavior Change: Motivational Interviewing, Patient Empowerment and Adult Learning Tools.
  • For Providers Only: Risk Adjustment Payment Methodologies Used by CMS and Select Private Healthcare Insurers.
Mary Ann Hodorowicz is a nationally recognized registered dietitian/nutritionist (RDN), certified diabetes educator (CDE) and certified endocrinology coder (CEC) with a MBA degree (marketing focus). She applies nearly forty years of experience in her work as a consultant, writer, speaker and trainer within her business Mary Ann Hodorowicz Consulting, LLC. Mary Ann is known for her expertise in multiple diabetes care and medical nutrition therapy (MNT) areas; see bulleted list above.

She is especially known for her knowledge on insurance reimbursement, coding and coverage guidelines for diabetes care and MNT interventions. Her clients are in the health, food, pharmaceutical and insurance industries, and include CMS, the CDC, AADE, and multiple state and local departments of public health. Mary Ann has given over 600 presentations, webinars and live training engagements, at which she generously shares her wide array of practice resources. She has written numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored continuing education online modules for AADE, and is a contributing or lead author for multiple toolkits, fact sheets and 'how-to' guides for nutrition and diabetes care professionals on the subjects of insurance reimbursement and creating effective business plans for the sustainability of their services. She served on the AADE Board of Directors from 2013 - 2015.

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