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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

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.

Spreading the Word about American Stroke and National High Blood Pressure Education Month

April 27th, 2016|

Managing high blood pressure is one of the most important steps to preventing a stroke. During May, a national focus is being made on both life-threatening conditions.

May is American Stroke Month and National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Healthcare providers are encouraged to increase public awareness of stroke risks and warning signs by educating patients and their loved ones about blood pressure control.

10 Reasons to Follow Up with Your Doctor After Leaving the Hospital

April 18th, 2016|

 

It’s important to follow-up with your doctor after being discharged from the hospital.

Older Americans are admitted to the hospital more often than any other age group. Then, after they leave the hospital, one in five ends up back within 30 days. Most of the time, this is preventable.

Part of the problem is that people

Going Mobile – How to Improve Resident Mobility

March 28th, 2016|

Improving resident mobility is not only about safety — it’s also about dignity and independence. Several factors affect mobility such as antipsychotic drug use, restraint use, incontinence, poor nutrition and fear of falling. Each of these obstacles can be overcome.

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