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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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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)

Blessing Hearts: Four Tips for Faith Communities

November 27th, 2018|

 
Blessing Hearts: Four Tips for Faith Communities
The “Bless Your Heart Campaign” encourages faith community members to live a heart-healthy lifestyle. Because participating churches must set goals for the entire congregation, the most essential part for a successful campaign is the church leadership according to Qsource Quality Improvement Advisor Kim Iman who presented information about the

Immunizations Best Practices Updated

November 27th, 2018|

 
Immunizations Best Practices Updated
The Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI) 2018 Immunization & Infection Prevention Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) is now available. The Immunization & Infection Prevention BPIP is designed to guide leaders to ensure agency immunization and infection prevention programs are evidence-based and focus on patient and employee safety. It assists leaders in developing strategies

Clean Hands Count for National Hand Washing Awareness Week

November 15th, 2018|

 
Clean Hands Count for National Hand Washing Awareness Week
Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than

Caring for Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease in Your Emergency Department

November 5th, 2018|

It’s Not Too Late to Join the New Learning Collaborative

atom Alliance encourages you to participate in the Duke University School of Nursing’s new learning collaborative which will be held the 1st Wednesday of every month from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm EST (except for January 2nd and July 3rd, 2019).

Helping Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospitalization in Indiana

October 26th, 2018|

Helping Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospitalization in Indiana
More than 5.7 million American adults are living with heart failure. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) projects that the prevalence of heart failure will increase 46 percent from 2012 to 2030, resulting in 8 million adults living with the chronic condition.1

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Making Influenza Vaccinations Mandatory

October 5th, 2018|

Making Influenza Vaccinations Mandatory
Does your employer require you to get the influenza vaccine? Do they offer flu shots at no cost to you? There is a growing trend to make influenza vaccinations mandatory for healthcare personnel. Hospital leaders are getting on board, but there is work to be done in the long-term care setting.

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What You Need to Know About Hospice and Palliative Care

October 2nd, 2018|

What You Need to Know About Hospice and Palliative Care
 

Studies show that most Americans agree that having a conversation about end of life (EOL) wishes is important, and the majority of those individuals would prefer to die in the home, if possible. Despite this, statistics show that the opposite is actually occurring. It is

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