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From the Center of My Care Team

March 25th, 2019|

From the Center of My Care Team

by Janet Pollock, Kentucky

In 2002, I began an exciting career journey with the Kentucky Quality Improvement Organization (QIO). During my early days with the QIO, my focus was outreach – teaching Medicare beneficiaries about their benefits, when and how to file a complaint, and what to expect as

4 Takeaways on Curbing Opioid Abuse and Misuse

February 13th, 2019|

4 Takeaways on Curbing Opioid Abuse and Misuse

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 130 people die every day from opioid overdose — both from prescription and illicit drugs — and at least half of all deaths involve a prescription opioid.

Opioid abuse was a central focus of the 2019 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Helping Home Health Agencies Improve Heart Health in Kentucky One Milestone at a Time

January 2nd, 2019|

Helping Home Health Agencies Improve Heart Health in Kentucky One Milestone at a Time
Home Health Agency (HHA) staff work tirelessly to complete day-to-day tasks, so finding the time to review diagnosis-specific tracking information can be a challenge. Sometimes HHAs need a little outside help to pause, evaluate where they are and stay on the right

CDC reports that flu activity is elevated; please keep vaccinating your patients

January 2nd, 2019|

 
CDC Reports that Flu Activity is Elevated; Please Keep Vaccinating your Patients

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated in its Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView, that as of the week ending December 22, influenza activity was increasing in the U.S. Four influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during week 51, for a total

New Resource for Preventing Harm in Nursing Homes

December 18th, 2018|

New Resource for Preventing Harm in Nursing Homes
One-third of nursing home residents experience an adverse or temporary harm event, and the majority of those are preventable. To raise awareness of nursing home safety and support safer care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN-NCC)

Vaccinations Protect Residents and Staff, also Affect Nursing Home Composite Scores

December 14th, 2018|

 
Vaccinations Protect Residents and Staff, also Affect Nursing Home Composite Scores
Influenza Vaccinations
Around 3,500 people die of the flu each year across the nation. An institutional Influenza A outbreak can result in up to 60 percent of the population becoming ill, with 25 percent of those affected developing complications severe enough to result in hospitalization

Pain Management for Nursing Home Residents

December 11th, 2018|

 
Pain Management for Nursing Home Residents

A high percentage of nursing home residents experience pain that impairs mobility, diminishes quality of life and often goes unrecognized and untreated by healthcare providers. Pain is not a part of normal aging and unrelieved pain can have enormous physiological and psychological effects on residents. Pain management is a major

QIOs in Action: How One QIN-QIO Reduced Opioid Use in Nursing Homes

December 5th, 2018|

 
QIOs in Action: How One QIN-QIO Reduced Opioid Use in Nursing Homes

This story originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of QIO News.

An analysis of Medicare Part D data by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General revealed that more than 460,000 Medicare Part D beneficiaries received high amounts of opioids in 2017, and

It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate: Get Your Flu Vaccine

November 30th, 2018|

 
It’s Not Too Late to Vaccinate: Get Your Flu Vaccine

This December, when you see signs reading “Get Your Flu Vaccine,” you might ask “Isn’t it too late to get vaccinated?” No, it’s not too late! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that flu vaccination efforts continue throughout the flu season. While

Immunizations Best Practices Updated

November 27th, 2018|

 
Immunizations Best Practices Updated
The Home Health Quality Initiative (HHQI) 2018 Immunization & Infection Prevention Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) is now available. The Immunization & Infection Prevention BPIP is designed to guide leaders to ensure agency immunization and infection prevention programs are evidence-based and focus on patient and employee safety. It assists leaders in developing strategies

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