atom Alliance

SM_FacebookSM_TwitterSM_LinkedinSM_Pinterest

atom Alliance is a five-year, five-state initiative to ignite powerful and sustainable change in healthcare quality. Formed as a partnership between three leading healthcare consultancies, atom Alliance is working under contract to the CENTERS for MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES (CMS) throughout Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee to improve quality and achieve better outcomes in health and healthcare and at lower costs for the patients and communities we serve.

Through atom Alliance, AQAF in Alabama, IQH in Mississippi and Qsource in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee are carrying out an exciting strategic plan, with programs in place to convene, teach and inform healthcare providers, engage and empower patients, and inspire, share knowledge and spread best practices with communities across the entire healthcare continuum. Join Us!

Three Aims, Better Health - atom Alliance
Better Health
Our focus is on promoting prevention activities, reducing cardiac disease and diabetes, reducing healthcare disparities and improving patient and family engagement.
Three Aims, Better Care - atom Alliance
Better Care
atom works on strategic, data-driven initiatives to reduce healthcare associated infections, reduce readmissions and medication errors, and improve care for patients.
Three Aims, Lower Cost - atom Alliance
Lower Costs
We provide technical assistance for improvement in CMS value-based purchasing programs, including the physician value-based modifier program.

Blogs

  • A Retired Nurse Shares Her Thoughts on Antibiotic Stewardship

    A Retired Nurse Shares Her Thoughts on Antibiotic Stewardship

    Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but they must be used wisely. They have saved so many people and can continue to do so if we use them the right way. People need to develop a healthy respect for these powerful drugs. And accept that sometimes, being sick is just part of being human. Marcia Rasner is a… Read More »
  • 8 Ways to Know if You Should Participate in the Quality Payment Program

    8 Ways to Know if You Should Participate in the Quality Payment Program

    You may have heard that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians should take part in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS is an important part of the new Quality Payment Program. The Quality Payment Program works to make Medicare better by keeping patients… Read More »
  • Six Strategies to Help Reduce Diabetes-Related Lower Extremity Amputations Among Minority Populations

    Six Strategies to Help Reduce Diabetes-Related Lower Extremity Amputations Among Minority Populations

    Lower extremity amputation rates related to diabetes have been gradually increasing each year since 2009, says a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC). The data, gathered from Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016, found that of the… Read More »
  • Lost in Translation: Communication Is Key to Care for Residents

    Lost in Translation: Communication Is Key to Care for Residents

    Nursing home staff strive to craft care plans that meet residents’ individual needs and preferences, but it’s important to listen very carefully to residents and their family members input. During the kick-off Learning and Action Network (LAN), atom Advisor Martha Blankenship shared a moving story about her British-born Aunt Gladys’ need for daily “tea and… Read More »
  • Quality of Care Review Changes – Updates from KEPRO

    Quality of Care Review Changes – Updates from KEPRO

    Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) will no longer review a specific number of short-stay claims based on a hospital’s size of large vs. average. Now, CMS will sample the top 175 providers with a high or increasing number of Short Stay claims per Area with a request for 25 cases, and… Read More »



Twitter Feed


News

For information about the availability of auxiliary aids and services: CMS Nondiscrimination Notice.

Review Notice
Medicare beneficiary quality review case work and appeals for atom Alliance states are now conducted by KEPRO. Medicare beneficiaries may contact KEPRO toll-free at 1-844-430-9504 for all appeal requests and Quality of Care concerns.