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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)

Improving the Health Status of Rural Communities in Kentucky

April 30th, 2019|

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

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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