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Health Literacy Resources for Older Adult Caregivers

September 26th, 2018|

Caregivers for older adults may have vast responsibilities, depending on the older adults’ needs. Caregivers can influence health decisions older adults make or the decisions other people make about older adults. Because of this influence and responsibility, they need skills to support complicated medical conditions and take advantage of opportunities to help older adults

Recovery_Getting_Personal

September 11th, 2018|

You know your patient’s weight.

You know their “real” age.

You’ve even seen them naked.

Then why is it too personal to ask how much they drink, smoke or if they’re feeling depressed.

It is time to get personal with your patients.

Knowing more about their struggles and habits can help you identify how to best integrate their medical

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

September 4th, 2018|

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

Questions Are The Answer

August 15th, 2018|

Questions Are The Answer
Help your patients get more involved in their healthcare by asking questions, talking with the healthcare team, and understanding their condition.

Research shows that patients who have a good relationship with their healthcare team receive better care and are more satisfied. Patients and families who engage with healthcare providers ask good questions and

Four Tips for Communicating with Patients with Hearing and Vision Impairments

July 26th, 2018|

 
Four Tips for Communicating with Patients with Hearing and Vision Impairments
According to data gathered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), seven percent of people with Medicare are blind or have low vision, and nearly 15 percent are Deaf or hard of hearing. Like those with limited English proficiency, the Deaf and

TennCare Director Weighs In On Opioid Crisis in Tennessee

June 28th, 2018|

 
TennCare Director Weighs In On Opioid Crisis in Tennessee
The opioid crisis is a complex public health emergency that affects all areas of our state and our nation, and requires the attention of multiple stakeholders to reverse the epidemic. In this article, the directors of the Medicaid programs in Tennessee and West Virginia share how they are combatting opioid abuse through collaboration

The Importance of Recognizing Depressive Symptoms

May 7th, 2018|

 

Depression is an all too common health condition that unfortunately goes untreated for many patients and undertreated for more. The End Stage Renal Disease (or ESRD) population is no exception to this fact. It is estimated that nearly 30 percent of dialysis patients suffer from depression in some way. While 30 percent may not

Discussions About End of Life Care Help Patients and Providers Be Prepared

March 28th, 2018|

Discussions About End of Life Care Help Patients and Providers Be Prepared
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that only 12 percent of patients with an advance directive had received input from their physician in its development.

Healthcare providers should discuss options for care at the end of life with their patients. It is covered by

The U.S. Opioid Epidemic: Tackling Misuse and Addiction from the Inside

March 23rd, 2018|

The U.S. Opioid Epidemic: Tackling Misuse and Addiction from the Inside
 

Widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids led the Department of Health & Human Services to declare a public health emergency last year. Opioid overdoses accounted for more than 42,000 U.S. deaths in 2016, more than any previous year on record. Furthermore, an estimated 40

BFCC-QIOs Demonstrate How Immediate Advocacy Helps People with Medicare

March 21st, 2018|

BFCC-QIOs Demonstrate How Immediate Advocacy Helps People with Medicare
 

At the 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference, the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care National Coordinating Center (BFCC-NCC) and the two BFCC Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) shared highlights from Person and Family Engagement projects. The conference’s Gallery Walk included a poster describing