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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

Q&A with CMS Administrator Seema Verma

March 19th, 2018|

Q&A with CMS Administrator Seema Verma
Seema Verma was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on March 14, 2017. She brings deep experience in health care policy, Medicaid, insurance and public health to her role at CMS.

Administrator Verma is committed to empowering patients to take ownership of

FDA Launches New Antibiotic Tool

March 8th, 2018|

 
FDA launches new tool for sharing information that allows doctors to better manage antibiotic use; improve patient care
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a new approach to get critical updates regarding antibiotics and antifungal drugs to health care professionals as part of an overall effort to combat antimicrobial resistance. The agency created a

An Unlikely Advocate: A Caregiver Finds atom Alliance After Opioid Overdose

January 5th, 2018|

by Lindsey Jett, CPht

atom Alliance is working with providers and patients throughout the state of Tennessee to increase awareness and education around the opioid epidemic that is facing our state and our nation. We are working with beneficiaries and their families, as well as community healthcare providers, to reduce opioid use in Tennessee.

Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction

October 27th, 2017|

Indiana County Receives Assistance for Targeted Opioid Reduction
Memphis, Tenn. – Clinton County, Indiana, will soon receive a boost in its ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic. The atom Alliance, a partnership between Memphis-based Qsource in Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana; Information & Quality Healthcare (IQH) in Mississippi; and AQAF in Alabama was recently named the

Spreading Success: Intervening on Antipsychotics to Improve Dementia Care

July 10th, 2017|

Spreading Success: Intervening on Antipsychotics to Improve Dementia Care
Antipsychotic drugs are increasingly overprescribed for dementia patients in nursing homes. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General, 14 percent of older Americans living in nursing homes take at least one antipsychotic prescription. Moreover, 83 percent of Medicare

How One Patient’s Experience Inspired a Tool to Help Many

June 27th, 2017|

How One Patient’s Experience Inspired a Tool to Help Many
Polypharmacy—the use of multiple drugs to treat a single or several medical issues—is a growing concern for Medicare beneficiaries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication, and 29 percent take five or

Battle the Opioid Overdose Epidemic with Information and Action

March 22nd, 2017|

The United States is in the midst of a prescription opioid overdose epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 44 people in the United States die every day from prescription opioid overdose and many more become addicted.

Count It! Lock It! Drop It! Program Aims to Reduce Medication Abuse in Tennessee

October 18th, 2016|

Tennessee ranks 2nd nationally for the highest rate of prescriptions written for opioid pain relievers. According to law enforcement, the No. 1 public health crisis in Tennessee is opioid abuse. In 2014, more people died from opioid overdoses than car accidents.

The Count It! Lock It! Drop It! program is designed to help reduce prescription pain medication

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