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Tools Reduce Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes

March 21st, 2017|

One in four nursing home residents receive at least one antipsychotic medication. Many of those residents have dementia.

Spreading Success: Wyoming Nursing Home Decreases Antipsychotic Medications

March 8th, 2017|

Spreading Success: Wyoming Nursing Home Decreases Antipsychotic Medications
The New Horizons Care Center of Wyoming successfully reduced antipsychotic utilization rates by 89 percent. Antipsychotic medications are meant for those with schizophrenia, Huntington’s disease or Tourette’s syndrome. The medications are not intended for use in elderly populations or to manage behaviors or symptoms related to dementia.

How to Make Sure Your Residents Get the Sleep They Need

January 3rd, 2017|

Imagine…
Imagine having slept in the same room for 50 years. Then, your health requires that you be moved into a long-term care facility.

atom Alliance Celebrates National Healthcare Quality Week

September 28th, 2016|

atom Alliance Celebrates National Healthcare Quality Week
atom Alliance proudly joins the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) and others around the country in celebrating Healthcare Quality Week, October 16-22. The week brings greater recognition for the healthcare quality profession and the contributions and impact our professionals have made in the field.

The atom Alliance Quality

Use of Antipsychotic Medications in Nursing Homes Declining Regionally

September 26th, 2016|

MEMPHIS, TENN. — atom Alliance, a regional Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) working under contract to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), reports steady progress in its second year of a multi-year effort to reduce unnecessary use of antipsychotic medications among nursing home residents in the states it serves. Across the atom Alliance region, which includes Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee, program efforts resulted in a 12.9 percent relative improvement rate; reducing the unnecessary prescribing and use of antipsychotic medications from 22.67 in 2013 to 19.75 percent in 2015.

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

A Time to Focus on Behavioral Health in Nursing Homes

September 23rd, 2016|

Millions of older adults face living with a mental health condition, and many reside in nursing homes. Highlighting issues, such as depression and addiction, provides a time for staff, residents and family to focus on improving the quality of life for their residents and loved ones.

Turning the Tide on the Opioid Epidemic

August 31st, 2016|

The U.S. Surgeon General took historic action by sending a personal letter to more than 2.3 million healthcare practitioners and public health leaders. He is seeking help to address the prescription opioid crisis.

Read the letter. Take the pledge. And spread the word.

Go to www.TurnTheTideRx.org/join to join with clinicians from across the country in a simple

New Training Series Helps Improve Mealtime in Nursing Homes

August 31st, 2016|

Across the country, long-term care needs are growing as the population ages. Mealtime is an important part of a resident’s day, making feeding assistance essential. Older adults often require extra food and fluids when managing a chronic illness, recovering from wounds, improving muscle weakness or at high risk for an acute illness.

More Than a Number

July 20th, 2016|

More Than a Number
How a Tennessee Nursing Home Reduced Antipsychotic Medication with Consistent Caregivers
An elderly woman sits in a wheelchair outside her nursing home room, weeping and reaching out for each person walking past her. She rocks back and forth, trying to console herself. The nurse on duty doesn’t usually work on that floor,

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