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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 improvement 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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  • Fighting Back Against Opioid Misuse: A Hospital and Community-Based Approach

    Fighting Back Against Opioid Misuse: A Hospital and Community-Based Approach

    Fighting Back Against Opioid Misuse: A Hospital and Community-Based Approach Frankfort, Indiana – population 15,900 is the seat of Clinton County – population 32,000. This family friendly rural county relies on its local hospital, healthcare providers, and its significant manufacturing and industrial employers. It also ranked 3rd highest in the state for Emergency Department (ED)…
  • Improving the Health Status of Rural Communities in Kentucky

    Improving the Health Status of Rural Communities in Kentucky

    Improving the Health Status of Rural Communities in Kentucky Heart disease and stroke are among the top causes of death for all Americans, and people with diabetes have a 1.8 to 3 times greater risk of having a stroke in their lifetime. Stroke rates are highest from the Southeast to Michigan. Kentucky is in the…
  • One Alabama Physician’s Quality Payment Program Journey from Penalties to a More Productive Path

    One Alabama Physician’s Quality Payment Program Journey from Penalties to a More Productive Path

    One Alabama Physician’s Quality Payment Program Journey from Penalties to a More Productive Path Dr. Adetokunbo Ladipo, an internist, is the sole medical doctor and owner of LHM Clinic PC in Anniston, Alabama. Not only does she practice medicine, but she also fulfills administrative obligations – spending countless hours treating patients and maintaining her practice.…
  • Improving Patient Education to Prevent Adverse Drug Events

    Improving Patient Education to Prevent Adverse Drug Events

    Improving Patient Education to Prevent Adverse Drug Events Anticoagulant medications such as warfarin and heparin are among the most common medications that cause complications for people in the hospital, according to the American Journal of Medicine. But maximizing communications across the care continuum and engaging patients and family members can prevent these life-threatening events. atom…
  • Helping Home Health Agencies Improve Heart Health in Kentucky One Milestone at a Time

    Helping Home Health Agencies Improve Heart Health in Kentucky One Milestone at a Time

    Helping Home Health Agencies Improve Heart Health in Kentucky One Milestone at a Time Home Health Agency (HHA) staff work tirelessly to complete day-to-day tasks, so finding the time to review diagnosis-specific tracking information can be a challenge. Sometimes HHAs need a little outside help to pause, evaluate where they are and stay on the right…
  • Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department Visits Decline Following Sickle Cell Education; Savings Estimated at $1.6 Million

    Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department Visits Decline Following Sickle Cell Education; Savings Estimated at $1.6 Million

    Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department Visits Decline Following Sickle Cell Education; Savings Estimated at $1.6 Million CMS Expands Local Memphis Project Nationwide A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) special innovation project to improve acute pain management in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) patients that originated in Memphis, will be expanded to a national scale over…
  • Helping Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospitalization in Indiana

    Helping Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospitalization in Indiana

    Helping Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospitalization in Indiana More than 5.7 million American adults are living with heart failure. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) projects that the prevalence of heart failure will increase 46 percent from 2012 to 2030, resulting in 8 million adults living with the chronic condition.1 Congestive heart failure…
  • Training Collaboration Bringing Diabetes Education to the Underserved People of Rural Appalachia

    Training Collaboration Bringing Diabetes Education to the Underserved People of Rural Appalachia

    Training Collaboration Bringing Diabetes Education to the Underserved People of Rural Appalachia Due to the rural nature of Kentucky’s Appalachian counties, it can be a challenge to provide services and resources. But atom Alliance Quality Improvement Advisor Nancy Semrau, Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Diabetes Educator (LDE), looked forward to bringing training to residents of this…
  • Getting Personal: How a Nurse Uses His Own Story to Inspire Others to Care for their Hearts

    Getting Personal: How a Nurse Uses His Own Story to Inspire Others to Care for their Hearts

    Getting Personal: How a Nurse Uses His Own Story to Inspire Others to Care for their Hearts John Knowles, RN, RHIA, is passionate about helping people acquire the information, skills and confidence they need to manage their health and healthcare. As a Health Information Technology Specialist for atom Alliance in Indiana, he shares his personal…
  • Improving Opioid Safety and Quality Measures in Nursing Homes to Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life

    Improving Opioid Safety and Quality Measures in Nursing Homes to Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life

    Improving Opioid Safety and Quality Measures in Nursing Homes to Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life Opioids can cause a number of negative effects, particularly in older adults, as they are more susceptible to adverse effects of pain medication. Opioids can contribute to the worsening of nursing homes’ quality measures, including, but not limited to, bladder…
  • Rural Mississippi Community Empowers Pharmacists and Reduces Hospital Readmissions

    Rural Mississippi Community Empowers Pharmacists and Reduces Hospital Readmissions

      Rural Mississippi Community Empowers Pharmacists and Reduces Hospital Readmissions People with complex medication routines who are admitted to the hospital are at a higher risk for readmission due to several factors, including gaps in the continuity of care. Care transitions can be difficult and as patients transition from the hospital setting to home, they…
  • Personal Story: Determined to be a Quitter

    Personal Story: Determined to be a Quitter

    Personal Story: Determined to be a Quitter Carolyn Rucker has a story to tell. It’s a story about conquering a nicotine habit of nearly 60 years as a cigarette smoker. She is a quitter. A determined quitter. So determined in fact, that the story of her “journey” to quit smoking plays out more like a…
  • Communication Tool Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Communication Tool Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Communication Tool Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions Effective communication is essential to high-quality healthcare. atom Alliance team members in Indiana are successfully facilitating improvement in transitions of care with the Wabash Valley Care Coalition (WVCC). They are using a communication tool that encourages openness and clarity as a patient’s care is transferred from one member of…
  • Improving Quality Measures in atom Alliance Nursing Homes

    Improving Quality Measures in atom Alliance Nursing Homes

    When it comes to Composite Scores, the lower the better. Scores are comprised of 13 long-stay quality measures. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has set a national goal for nursing homes to achieve a 6.00 or less.
  • Bringing Diabetes Education to Rural Indiana

    Bringing Diabetes Education to Rural Indiana

    Franciscan Health offers ‎American Diabetes Association recognized diabetes self- management education (DSME) at their Healthy Living Center in Lafayette, Indiana, but this important type of education was limited in the counties surrounding the hospital.
  • An Unlikely Advocate:  A Caregiver Finds atom Alliance After Opioid Overdose

    An Unlikely Advocate: A Caregiver Finds atom Alliance After Opioid Overdose

    by Lindsey Jett, CPht atom Alliance is working with providers and patients throughout the state of Tennessee to increase awareness and education around the opioid epidemic that is facing our state and our nation. We are working with beneficiaries and their families, as well as community healthcare providers, to reduce opioid use in Tennessee.
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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.