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Health Literacy Can Significantly Improve Care

September 27th, 2018|

October is Health Literacy Month, a time for organizations to help promote the importance of understandable health information. Healthcare terms and acronyms can be confusing for patients.

Health Literacy Resources for Older Adult Caregivers

September 26th, 2018|

Caregivers for older adults may have vast responsibilities, depending on the older adults’ needs. Caregivers can influence health decisions older adults make or the decisions other people make about older adults. Because of this influence and responsibility, they need skills to support complicated medical conditions and take advantage of opportunities to help older adults

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

Q&A with Gary Norman, Senior Assistant Attorney Advisor at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

July 26th, 2018|

 
Q&A with Gary Norman, Senior Assistant Attorney Advisor at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Gary Norman works as a senior assistant attorney advisor at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and is a health equity leader and advocate. His journey to helping people with disabilities started when he was a child.

When Nutrition Becomes Personal: A Retired Nurse’s Story

June 29th, 2018|

When Nutrition Becomes Personal: A Retired Nurse’s Story
Have you noticed a subtle difference on your grocery’s shelves? New Nutrition Facts labels are starting to show up on some of your favorite packaged foods. This change reflects new scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. The new

CMS Encourages Eligible Suppliers to Participate in Expanded Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Model

April 30th, 2018|

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in April expanded the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP), a national performance-based payment model offering a new approach to type 2 diabetes prevention in eligible Medicare beneficiaries with an indication of pre-diabetes. For the first time, both traditional healthcare providers and community-based organizations can enroll as

Improve Diabetes Care and Outcomes while Lowering Costs and Generating Revenue

March 28th, 2018|

Improve Diabetes Care and Outcomes while Lowering Costs and Generating Revenue

You can generate revenue by sponsoring your own quality diabetes self-management training (DSMT) program. The CMS Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program has contracted reimbursement expert, Mary Ann Hodorowicz, to offer individualized technical assistance to health agencies at no cost.

Mary Ann can help your practice successfully operationalize your

What’s Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

March 27th, 2018|

What’s Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk?
 

One in three American adults is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness and amputations. But type 2 diabetes doesn’t have to be permanent—it can be prevented or delayed with healthy lifestyle modifications. The

BFCC-QIOs Demonstrate How Immediate Advocacy Helps People with Medicare

March 21st, 2018|

BFCC-QIOs Demonstrate How Immediate Advocacy Helps People with Medicare
 

At the 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference, the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care National Coordinating Center (BFCC-NCC) and the two BFCC Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs) shared highlights from Person and Family Engagement projects. The conference’s Gallery Walk included a poster describing

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