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New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library

September 18th, 2018|

New MIPS Resources are Now Available in the QPP Resource Library
CMS has posted the following new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) resources on CMS.gov:

2019 Virtual Groups Toolkit: Includes an overview fact sheet, which details what virtual groups are and how to participate in a virtual group in 2019; an election process fact sheet

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

New Version of the Important Message from Medicare Form

July 25th, 2017|

New Version of the Important Message from Medicare Form
On June 7, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted new versions of the Important Message from Medicare (IM) form (CMS-R-193) and the Detailed Notice of Discharge (DND) form (CMS 10066) on the Beneficiary Notices Initiative webpage. The associated instructions for use are also available.

The

How Motivational Interviewing Can Inspire Patients to Improve Cardiac Health

February 22nd, 2017|

Motivational interviewing, a clinical approach to communication that leverages open dialogue, empathy and self-motivation, has been shown to have positive health outcomes for patients with chronic conditions.

Five Tips for Creating a Successful Tobacco Cessation Initiative

February 17th, 2017|

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, accounting for more than 480,000—or one out of every five—deaths each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Controlling High Blood Pressure Starts with Accurate Measurement

February 13th, 2017|

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75 million American adults—over a third of the population—are living with high blood pressure.

Cardiac Health Q&A with Cynthia Pamon-Burnett, RN

February 8th, 2017|

Cynthia Pamon-Burnett is a registered nurse with many years of experience in health care. Currently, she serves as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Program Lead for the QIO Program’s Healthy People, Healthy Communities: Improving the Health Status of Communities initiative.

atom Alliance Hosts Dennis Wagner- Director, Quality Improvement & Innovation Group (QIIG) at CMS

November 30th, 2016|

atom Alliance and Qsource visited by CMS’s Dennis Wagner- Director, Quality Improvement & Innovation Group (QIIG)
 

We welcomed Dennis Wagner from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to our headquarters in Memphis, Tenn. recently. While in Memphis, Wagner met with patients who are taking an active role in controlling diabetes by participating in atom Alliance’s

New data: 49 states plus DC reduce avoidable hospital readmissions

September 14th, 2016|

New data: 49 states plus DC reduce avoidable hospital readmissions
The unfortunate experience of having to return to the hospital after recently being treated—or watching the same thing happen to a friend or family member—is all too common. Potentially avoidable hospital readmissions that occur within 30 days of a patient’s initial discharge are estimated to account

Moving Toward Improved Care through Information

April 28th, 2016|

Moving Toward Improved Care through Information

Seven years ago, Congress passed a law to spur the country to digitize the health care experience for Americans and connect doctors’ practices and hospitals, thereby modernizing patient care through the Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Programs, also known as “Meaningful Use.” Before this shift began, many providers did

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