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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)

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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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)

New Resource for Preventing Harm in Nursing Homes

December 18th, 2018|

New Resource for Preventing Harm in Nursing Homes
One-third of nursing home residents experience an adverse or temporary harm event, and the majority of those are preventable. To raise awareness of nursing home safety and support safer care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN-NCC)

Vaccinations Protect Residents and Staff, also Affect Nursing Home Composite Scores

December 14th, 2018|

 
Vaccinations Protect Residents and Staff, also Affect Nursing Home Composite Scores
Influenza Vaccinations
Around 3,500 people die of the flu each year across the nation. An institutional Influenza A outbreak can result in up to 60 percent of the population becoming ill, with 25 percent of those affected developing complications severe enough to result in hospitalization

Pain Management for Nursing Home Residents

December 11th, 2018|

 
Pain Management for Nursing Home Residents

A high percentage of nursing home residents experience pain that impairs mobility, diminishes quality of life and often goes unrecognized and untreated by healthcare providers. Pain is not a part of normal aging and unrelieved pain can have enormous physiological and psychological effects on residents. Pain management is a major

QIOs in Action: How One QIN-QIO Reduced Opioid Use in Nursing Homes

December 5th, 2018|

 
QIOs in Action: How One QIN-QIO Reduced Opioid Use in Nursing Homes

This story originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of QIO News.

An analysis of Medicare Part D data by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General revealed that more than 460,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries received high amounts of opioids in 2017, and

Educate Before You Medicate

October 3rd, 2018|

How much do you know about the medications that you take? Millions of Americans take prescription medicines daily. As Talk About Your Medicines Month is observed in October, atom Alliance encourages you to ask questions and discuss your medications with your healthcare provider.

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