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Medication Review and Being Proactive

September 26th, 2016|

atom Alliance Patient Advisory Council Profile
Medication Review and Being Proactive Key to Preventing Adverse Drug Events
By the time his wife died, Bill Gossard could tell time by what pill she had to take.

There was the morning pill.

The mid-morning pill.

The take-with-food pill.

The it-hurts-so-bad pill.

The I-can’t-sleep pill.


By the end of the day, Gossard had watched Helen swallow

Sharing is Caring: Healthcare Innovators Collaborate to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

August 8th, 2016|

Sharing is Caring: Healthcare Innovators Collaborate to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Knowledge is infectious and that’s a good thing for a diverse group of healthcare innovators in Nashville, Tenn., known as the Transitioning Patients Across the Care Continuum (TPACC) community.

The group meets monthly to share knowledge, host speakers and discuss how they can impact and improve

New Group Identifying and Spreading Medication Safety Practices

August 2nd, 2016|

New Group Identifying and Spreading Medication Safety Practices
At atom Alliance, we work to improve medication safety, especially related to high-risk medications like anticoagulants, diabetes agents and opioids in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. Our goals include reducing harm due to these medications and helping people who take these medications stay out of the

Changing Behaviors is Recommended for Improving Dementia

June 29th, 2016|

My other half and I recently spent the weekend with a friend and his ailing 79-year-old mother whom he has been caring for since his father died two years ago. It hasn’t been easy for Jay.

Transforming Health Care Through Innovative Practices

June 9th, 2016|

Although great strides have been made to improve healthcare quality, opportunities exist to transform the way healthcare is delivered.

SIE Issues Call for Innovative Practices

June 2nd, 2016|

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid’s (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization program has recently established the Strategic Innovation Engine (SIE) to help advance quality healthcare innovations. Its mission is to identify, evaluate and spread proven innovations to achieve the three-part aim of better care, healthier people and communities, and smarter spending.

New Webinar Series Explores Dementia

June 1st, 2016|

My other half and I tease each other lightheartedly about getting old. As a couple in our mid-40’s, the idea of aging is growing on us. So we jokingly attribute the occasional forgetfulness to getting old.

10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

May 27th, 2016|

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.

Asking the Right Medication Questions Could Save Your Life

February 22nd, 2016|

Victor Harris almost died after taking a new medicine for high blood pressure. Victor, a 52-year-old African American, was on a low dose of blood pressure medicine for two years. After a routine visit to his primary care office, the nurse practitioner he saw changed his medication to lisinopril.

SAMHSA’s 12th Annual Prevention Day: A Barometer of Behavioral Health

February 1st, 2016|

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) have partnered to offer the 26th National Leadership Forum & SAMHSA’s 12th Prevention Day.

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