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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

Rural Mississippi Community Empowers Pharmacists and Reduces Hospital Readmissions

July 30th, 2018|

Rural Mississippi Community Empowers Pharmacists and Reduces Hospital Readmissions
People with complex medication routines who are admitted to the hospital are at a higher risk for readmission due to several factors, including gaps in the continuity of care. Care transitions can be difficult and as patients transition from the hospital setting to home, they are

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

Team Develops Tool to Help Reduce Unnecessary Medications

May 30th, 2018|

Best Practices:
Team Develops Tool to Help Reduce Unnecessary Medications

 

atom Alliance’s Team for Innovation in Medication Safety, or TIMES, developed a tool to help healthcare providers take their patients off of unnecessary acid-reducing medications. Called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), these medications are used for treating stomach problems like ulcers and heartburn.

Good and Bad

According to the

Mississippi Hospital Reduces Patient Falls by 25 Percent Using AHRQ Program

May 25th, 2018|

Mississippi Hospital Reduces Patient Falls by 25 Percent Using AHRQ Program

From AHRQ, April 2018

Anderson Regional Medical Center, a 260-bed hospital in Meridian, Mississippi, reduced patient falls by 25 percent after implementing AHRQ’s Preventing Falls in Hospitals Training Program in 2015. The reduction in patient falls resulted in an estimated $238,000 savings in medical costs.

“AHRQ’s

Communication Tool Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

April 30th, 2018|

Communication Tool Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Effective communication is essential to high-quality healthcare. atom Alliance team members in Indiana are successfully facilitating improvement in transitions of care with the Wabash Valley Care Coalition (WVCC). They are using a communication tool that encourages openness and clarity as a patient’s care is transferred from one member of

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.

INTERACT Helps Coordinate Care

December 6th, 2017|

Hospital readmissions are traumatizing and disruptive to the lives of patients and families. Nationwide, almost a quarter of all patients with Medicare return to the hospital within one month of discharge.

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

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