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As change agents focused on better patient care, better population health and lower healthcare costs through improvement, atom Alliance shares impactful stories. Read how quality improvment advisors are making a difference in the lives of patients with Medicare and the healthcare practices of those who serve them.

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  • How One Patient’s Experience Inspired a Tool to Help Many

    How One Patient’s Experience Inspired a Tool to Help Many

    How One Patient’s Experience Inspired a Tool to Help Many Polypharmacy—the use of multiple drugs to treat a single or several medical issues—is a growing concern for Medicare beneficiaries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication, and 29 percent take five or…Read More »
  • 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 »
  • A Step in the Right Direction: Improving Activities of Daily Living

    A Step in the Right Direction: Improving Activities of Daily Living

    Room for Improvement atom Alliance quality improvement advisors helped administrators and staff at Ave Maria Home understand their quarterly quality measures report. The staff saw an opportunity for improvement in their activities of daily living (ADL) measure in their composite score. “Julie from atom Alliance did a webinar with us to show us our different…Read More »
  • Care Coordination Community Brings Chattanooga Hospitals Together

    Care Coordination Community Brings Chattanooga Hospitals Together

    Care Coordination Community Brings Chattanooga Hospitals Together to Reduce Readmissions The Chattanooga Regional Health Innovation Coalition (CRHIC) brought three area hospitals together to achieve the lowest readmission rate in Tennessee among care coordination communities.Read More »
  • atom Alliance Teams Up with Nursing School to Improve Long-Term Care

    atom Alliance Teams Up with Nursing School to Improve Long-Term Care

    atom Alliance Teams Up with Nursing School to Improve Long-Term Care Originally posted by University of Mississippi Medical Center on September 26, 2016 A collaboration between the University of Mississippi School of Nursing and Information & Quality Healthcare, a member of the atom Alliance, a five-state Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization providing services in Alabama, Tennessee,…Read More »
  • Living Well with COPD

    Living Well with COPD

    atom Alliance talks to Stephanie Williams from the COPD Foundation Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects 30 million Americans, yet only about 12 million know they have it.Read More »
  • Workgroup Helps Healthcare Organization Replace or Eliminate Harmful Processes

    Workgroup Helps Healthcare Organization Replace or Eliminate Harmful Processes

    Workgroup Helps Healthcare Organization Replace or Eliminate Harmful Processes Michelle Vincent MSN, RN, APRN- BC, Director of Quality, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center located in Leitchfield, Kentucky, credits her team’s participation in an electronic medical record (EMR)-specific workgroup with helping their facility provide better care. “At the end of the day, it really comes down…Read More »
  • Tennessee Hospital Reduces Infections, Saves Lives

    Tennessee Hospital Reduces Infections, Saves Lives

    When Fabiola Demuth began working at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, she looked for opportunities to improve care and eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAI). With help from an atom Alliance quality improvement advisor, the hospital saw a significant reduction in central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in their intensive care units (ICUs). “After looking at…Read More »
  • Care Coordination Initiative Helps Patients, Aligns with Quality Measures

    Care Coordination Initiative Helps Patients, Aligns with Quality Measures

      Care Coordination Initiative Helps Patients, Aligns with Quality Measures Navigator Program Expands to 22 Primary Care Clinics Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi recently completed a successful three-month care coordination pilot with three primary care clinics and is in the process of expanding the program to all 22 of their primary clinics. Physicians, along with…Read More »
  • Sharing is Caring: Healthcare Innovators Collaborate to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Sharing is Caring: Healthcare Innovators Collaborate to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Sharing is Caring: Healthcare Innovators Collaborate to Reduce Hospital Readmissions   Knowledge is infectious and that’s a good thing for a diverse group of healthcare innovators in Nashville, Tenn., known as the Transitioning Patients Across the Care Continuum (TPACC) community. The group meets monthly to share knowledge, host speakers and discuss how they can impact…Read More »
  • More Than a Number

    More Than a Number

    More Than a Number How a Tennessee Nursing Home Reduced Antipsychotic Medication with Consistent Caregivers An elderly woman sits in a wheelchair outside her nursing home room, weeping and reaching out for each person walking past her. She rocks back and forth, trying to console herself. The nurse on duty doesn’t usually work on that…Read More »
  • atom Alliance Launches Diabetes Education in Alabama

    atom Alliance Launches Diabetes Education in Alabama

    atom Alliance Launches Diabetes Education in Alabama Alabama has the 4th highest rate of adult diabetes in the nation. While the national average is 10.1%, Alabama is at 12.9%. However, the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (AQAF) is taking strides to decrease this rate as part of the atom Alliance Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement…Read More »
  • Wellness Coordinators Focus Care on Patients’ Mind and Body

    Wellness Coordinators Focus Care on Patients’ Mind and Body

    Unity Physician Partners and Centerstone Health Partners share the belief that a person’s mind and body are not separate. What affects one, affects the other.Read More »
  • Reducing Restraints One Resident at a Time

    Reducing Restraints One Resident at a Time

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 1.4 million residents living in the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes. Restraints are used on far too many, often under the misguided notion that they keep residents safe from falls.Read More »
  • Reaching for the Stars: Nursing Home Uses CMS Change Package to Significantly Improve Quality

    Reaching for the Stars: Nursing Home Uses CMS Change Package to Significantly Improve Quality

    Roger Mynatt settled into a local Starbucks to drink coffee, get some work done and do a little soul searching. He got his latte, found a good spot to sit and fired up his laptop. The first place he went online was to Nursing Home Compare to check his facility’s star rating.Read More »
  • Laying the Foundation for Medication Safety Work

    Laying the Foundation for Medication Safety Work

    Contracted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMs), atom Alliance began work to improve medication safety in 2015 with significant opportunities to partner with healthcare providers to improve patient care.Read More »
  • Jefferson County Nursing Home Achieves National Quality Goal

    Jefferson County Nursing Home Achieves National Quality Goal

    Sandra Simpson is the Director of Nursing for Jefferson County Nursing Home in Fayette, Mississippi. She has been there 18 years and loves what she does. She, her staff and her residents also love that their facility has maintained a composite score of less than 6.00 for most of the last four years.Read More »
  • Tennessee Agency Awards Corley Roberts Partner of the Year

    Tennessee Agency Awards Corley Roberts Partner of the Year

    More than 200 people gathered at the Jackson, Tenn., Fairgrounds on Tuesday, Sept. 29, for Southwest Tennessee Development District’s (SWTDD) Annual Board of Directors Meeting and Awards Banquet to recognize individuals and organizationsRead More »
  • Passion of One Woman for Rural Care Creates New Community in Indiana

    Passion of One Woman for Rural Care Creates New Community in Indiana

    In August 2013, JoAnn Burke moved back to her small, rural hometown of Tipton, Indiana, in anticipation of her retirement within a few short years. She saw a need for improved care for the aging population, which she had observed visiting family there for years. When she learned that Tipton would soon have the third…Read More »
  • Free Class Brings Peace to Memphian and Helps Her Dramatically Lower Her Blood Sugar

    Free Class Brings Peace to Memphian and Helps Her Dramatically Lower Her Blood Sugar

    When she was first diagnosed and started to learn about the damage diabetes could do if it is not controlled, Tennessee resident Doris McKinley was scared.Read More »