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Your Recommendation Often Determines a Patient’s Vaccination Decision

September 30th, 2019|

Your Recommendation Often Determines a Patient’s Vaccination Decision
Patient barriers often prevent patients from receiving the vaccines they need. Barriers may include lack of education, misinformation and fear of vaccines. Studies show that spending more time talking with patients about vaccines and making strong recommendations improves outcomes. Every encounter with a physician office, hospital, home

MIPS Quality Measure Spotlight: Influenza Immunization

September 30th, 2019|

MIPS Quality Measure Spotlight: Influenza Immunization
In preparation for the 2019-2020 flu season, many clinicians have chosen to report on the Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization MIPS quality measure (Quality ID: 110). This measure tracks the percentage of patients 6 months and older who were seen for a visit between October 1 and March

Hand-in-Hand: Opioid Misuse and Mental Health Challenges

September 11th, 2019|

Hand-in-Hand:
Opioid Misuse and Mental Health Challenges
Addiction loves company.  

Just ask the eight million U.S. adults diagnosed with both substance use disorder and mental illness. It should come as no surprise that there is a correlation between the two diagnoses. Behavioral health conditions — such as anxiety or depression and opioid use — generally go

Sickle Cell Patients Share Photos

September 3rd, 2019|

Sickle Cell Patients Share Photos and Treats to Improve Care at Memphis Emergency Departments
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, patients and quality improvement experts will be popping up at some local hospital emergency departments (EDs) to offer a tasty treat and a view of sickle cell disease (SCD) through patients’ eyes.  Project PopSickleCell is part

Medicare Helps Seniors use Opioids Safely

September 3rd, 2019|

Medicare Helps Seniors use Opioids Safely
Doctors may prescribe opioids, a class of drugs used to treat pain, after surgery or an injury. Although opioids can be an important part of treatment, they have serious risks like addiction, abuse, and overdose, especially if used continuously. This is true even for seniors and other people with

Assertive Community Treatment Option for SMI Patient

August 19th, 2019|

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) a well-rounded, adaptable option for SMI patients
If you’ve watched the news or social media discussions during the past few months, there has been a lot of discussion about mental health in regards to the social consciousness and actions of America’s citizens.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH), a

Seeking Volunteer Healthcare Consumers

August 6th, 2019|

Seeking Volunteer Healthcare Consumers
The atom Alliance is developing a volunteer network designed to engage Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers in the CMS quality improvement work. We plan to recruit at least 3-5 consumers/patients who are on Medicare or their caregivers for each of the communities where we are striving to improve health and healthcare. They

Creative Ways to Teach Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes

July 1st, 2019|

Creative Ways to Teach Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes
All staff members in a nursing home play an important role in keeping residents safe from infections. They should know some basics about the germs (like bacteria and viruses) which cause infections. They should also know steps they can take to prevent the spread of germs

Recipe for Success: Alabama

June 25th, 2019|

Recipe for Success: Alabama’s Quality Improvement Organization Spreads Community-Based DSME To Ninety-Three Percent of Counties Across State

The CDC reported in 2014 that the rate of diabetes among US adults was 9.0 percent. Alabama’s rate was significantly higher. Alabama had the third highest rate of diabetes in the nation, at 11.1 percent (CDC, 2014). The

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

April 30th, 2019|

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)

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