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Getting Personal: How a Nurse Uses His Own Story to Inspire Others to Care for their Hearts

September 4th, 2018|

Getting Personal: How a Nurse Uses His Own Story to Inspire Others to Care for their Hearts
John Knowles, RN, RHIA, is passionate about helping people acquire the information, skills and confidence they need to manage their health and healthcare. As a Health Information Technology Specialist for atom Alliance in Indiana, he shares his personal

Improving Opioid Safety and Quality Measures in Nursing Homes to Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life

September 4th, 2018|

Improving Opioid Safety and Quality Measures in Nursing Homes to Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life
Opioids can cause a number of negative effects, particularly in older adults, as they are more susceptible to adverse effects of pain medication. Opioids can contribute to the worsening of nursing homes’ quality measures, including, but not limited to, bladder

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

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

Personal Story: Determined to be a Quitter

May 25th, 2018|

Personal Story:
Determined to be a Quitter
Carolyn Rucker has a story to tell. It’s a story about conquering a nicotine habit of nearly 60 years as a cigarette smoker. She is a quitter. A determined quitter. So determined in fact, that the story of her “journey” to quit smoking plays out more like a blip

Measure Changes Coming to the HHCDR in 2018

March 28th, 2018|

Measure Changes Coming to the HHCDR in 2018

Two new cardiovascular measures were recently added to HHQI’s Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry (HHCDR). Beginning with January 2018 episode discharges, participating home health agencies will have the opportunity to submit patient data regarding statin therapy (HHQI Measure #438) and cardiac rehab referral (HHQI Measure #0643).

HHQI Measure

Discussions About End of Life Care Help Patients and Providers Be Prepared

March 28th, 2018|

Discussions About End of Life Care Help Patients and Providers Be Prepared
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that only 12 percent of patients with an advance directive had received input from their physician in its development.

Healthcare providers should discuss options for care at the end of life with their patients. It is covered by

Adults Need Vaccinations Too: The Importance of Immunizations for Older Adults

September 5th, 2017|

Vaccination is important, because it not only protects the person receiving the vaccine, but also helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those that are most vulnerable to serious complications such as infants, young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened immune systems.

Nationwide Challenge Aims to Control Hypertension

April 25th, 2017|

Health systems and professionals are equipped with the knowledge and technology to help patients manage high blood pressure more effectively than ever before. Still, high blood pressure contributes to more than 1,100 deaths in the United States each day and puts millions at risk for heart disease and stroke.

Campaign Launched to Increase Advance Directives in Tennessee

April 21st, 2017|

Honoring Choices Tennessee has launched the AdvanceDirectivesTN initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans who have an advance directive for healthcare.

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