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kepro's work as a bfcc-qio
As the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for 29 states, Kepro provides free services to people with Medicare, as well as their families and representatives regarding:
- Hospital discharge and skilled service termination appeals
- Quality of care complaints
- Immediate Advocacy services
Medicare patients - or their representatives or families - can file appeals with Kepro if they feel as though they are not ready for discharge (discharge appeal relating to hospital inpatients) or skilled services are ending too soon (skilled service termination appeals).
quality of care complaints
Medicare patients - or their representatives or families - can file quality of care complaints with Kepro when they are not satisfied with the healthcare received from a healthcare provider or practitioner.
immediate advocacy services
Immediate Advocacy is an informal process in which the BFCC-QIO acts as a liaison for people with Medicare to quickly resolve an oral complaint, usually within 1-2 days.
Sometimes Medicare patients find themselves in situations such as difficulty scheduling an appointment or concerns about not receiving critical medical equipment. Using Immediate Advocacy services, Kepro can help Medicare patients and their families (or representatives) to resolve these situations.
- Read more about Immediate Advocacy
- Success story (during a crisis, such as the Coronavirus Pandemic):
Immediate Advocacy can be especially helpful during times of crisis
- Watch a video about Immediate Advocacy (YouTube)
Kepro has been a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) since 1985. Before 2014, when QIO work became regional, Kepro was the QIO for the state of Ohio. In 2014, Kepro became the regional Beneficiary and Family Centered Care QIO (BFCC-QIO) for Areas 2,3, and 4, which included 33 states as well as the District of Columbia. In 2019, Kepro received a new BFCC-QIO award and is now the BFCC-QIO for 29 states. More information about Kepro's role as a BFCC-QIO can be found in our Annual Reports.
in the news
working with the media
Kepro has served as a guest on a podcast and a TV show. Both were an opportunity to reach a wider audience with the information about Kepro’s free services for Medicare beneficiaries and their families.