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CDC Issues Health Alert Network Advisory on Flu

April 4th, 2019|

CDC Issues Health Alert Network Advisory on Flu
On March 28, the CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) released Influenza Season Continues with an Increase in Influenza A(H3N2) Activity. The “Summary” section and the beginning of the “Recommendations” section are reprinted below.

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this health advisory to notify

No-Fault Treatment for Alcohol

March 29th, 2019|

Treating Alcoholism with a No-Fault Atmosphere
Ask anyone if they have ever cut their finger and most will say yes. It can happen to anyone, although the odds go up when people are not paying attention. No one wants or expects to cut their finger. It’s a no-fault wound.

Kind of like alcoholism. Alcoholism is non-discriminate.

Some

Alcohol and Aging

March 29th, 2019|

Alcohol and Aging
No matter what your age, anyone can have a problem with drinking alcohol.

Alcohol use disorder is a medical condition that your medical provider can screen for, and diagnose when drinking has the potential to become problematic.

In America, there are more than 17 million people that have been diagnosed with an Alcohol use

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

March 25th, 2019|

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.

From the Center of My Care Team

March 25th, 2019|

From the Center of My Care Team

by Janet Pollock, Kentucky

In 2002, I began an exciting career journey with the Kentucky Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). During my early days with the QIO, my focus was outreach – teaching Medicare beneficiaries about their benefits, when and how to file a complaint, and what to expect as

Improving Patient Education to Prevent Adverse Drug Events

February 28th, 2019|

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.

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Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department Visits Decline Following Sickle Cell Education

February 26th, 2019|

Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department Visits Decline Following Sickle Cell Education

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, TN will be is being expanded to a national scale. The project which is a collaborative effort between the

Take the Test For Diabetes Alert Day

February 21st, 2019|

Take the Test for Diabetes Alert Day

The American Diabetes Association Alert Day serves as a “wake-up call” to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association encourages people to join the movement to Stop Diabetes® by taking the Diabetes Risk Test and finding out if they, or their loved

Antibiotic Stewardship Word Search Offers Education, and a Little Fun

February 21st, 2019|

Antibiotic Stewardship Word Search Offers Education, and a Little Fun

atom Alliance created a word search puzzle with common terms related to antibiotic stewardship. The word search includes a glossary on the back page to educate patients and answer questions about the terms they are searching for on the front page.

The word search is an

4 Takeaways on Curbing Opioid Abuse and Misuse

February 13th, 2019|

4 Takeaways on Curbing Opioid Abuse and Misuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 130 people die every day from opioid overdose — both from prescription and illicit drugs — and at least half of all deaths involve a prescription opioid.

Opioid abuse was a central focus of the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

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