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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

A Retired Nurse Shares Her Thoughts on Antibiotic Stewardship

May 23rd, 2017|

Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but they must be used wisely. They have saved so many people and can continue to do so if we use them the right way. People need to develop a healthy respect for these powerful drugs. And accept that sometimes, being sick is just part of being human.

Marcia Rasner is a

Tools Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes

March 21st, 2017|

One in four nursing home residents receive at least one antipsychotic medication. Many of those residents have dementia.

Discharge Guides Help Ease Transitions from Hospital to Home

March 16th, 2017|

When you leave the hospital, there are a lot of things you need to do to take care of yourself. You need to see your doctor, take your medicines, exercise, eat healthy foods, and know who to call with questions or problems.

Care Coordination Community Brings Chattanooga Hospitals Together

March 2nd, 2017|

Care Coordination Community Brings Chattanooga Hospitals Together to Reduce Readmissions

The Chattanooga Regional Health Innovation Coalition (CRHIC) brought three area hospitals together to achieve the lowest readmission rate in Tennessee among care coordination communities.

atom Alliance Team Completes Leadership Training

January 12th, 2017|

Thirteen staff members from the atom Alliance Care Coordination team recently graduated from the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC) Leadership & Organizing In Action (LOA 2.0) program.

Living Well with COPD

January 5th, 2017|

atom Alliance talks to Stephanie Williams from the COPD Foundation

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects 30 million Americans, yet only about 12 million know they have it.

atom Alliance Celebrates National Healthcare Quality Week

September 28th, 2016|

atom Alliance Celebrates National Healthcare Quality Week
atom Alliance proudly joins the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and others around the country in celebrating Healthcare Quality Week, October 16-22. The week brings greater recognition for the healthcare quality profession and the contributions and impact our professionals have made in the field.

The atom Alliance Quality

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

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