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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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  • 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 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…
  • 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.
  • 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,…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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…