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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.

A Patient Advocate Speaks Out (Part 3 of 3)

December 7th, 2015|

In Part One of our three-part series, A Patient Advocate Speaks Out, Betty Tonsing shared the story of the death of her husband, caused, in part, by preventable infections and improper care.

Part Two shared what she did in response to it, by reaching out to others with a survey “to give voice to those who are also patient advocates but feel they are either alone or no one will listen,” she writes in her book, Stand in the Way: Patient Advocates Speak Out.

A Patient Advocate Speaks Out (Part 2 of 3)

November 30th, 2015|

In Part One of our three-part series, A Patient Advocate Speaks Out, Betty Tonsing shared the story of the death of her husband, caused, in part, by preventable infections and improper care.

A Patient Advocate Speaks Out (Part 1 of 3)

November 17th, 2015|

Question: If two jumbo jets fell from the sky every day, would you fly?

That’s the question Betty Tonsing set out to address in her book “Stand in the Way: Patient Advocates Speak Out.”

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