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Clean Hands Count for National Hand Washing Awareness Week

November 15th, 2018|

 
Clean Hands Count for National Hand Washing Awareness Week
Practicing hand hygiene is a simple yet effective way to prevent infections. Cleaning your hands can prevent the spread of germs, including those that are resistant to antibiotics and are becoming difficult, if not impossible, to treat. On average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than

What You Need to Know About Hospice and Palliative Care

October 2nd, 2018|

What You Need to Know About Hospice and Palliative Care
 

Studies show that most Americans agree that having a conversation about end of life (EOL) wishes is important, and the majority of those individuals would prefer to die in the home, if possible. Despite this, statistics show that the opposite is actually occurring. It is

Get Social with atom Alliance

September 27th, 2018|

Get social with atom Alliance
We want to engage and interact with you on social media. atom Alliance posts daily updates on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. We share videos on YouTube and educational images on Pinterest.

Get connected to healthcare quality improvement news, updates, hot topics, upcoming events, announcements and more when you follow us.

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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

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

Q&A with CMS Administrator Seema Verma

March 19th, 2018|

Q&A with CMS Administrator Seema Verma
Seema Verma was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on March 14, 2017. She brings deep experience in health care policy, Medicaid, insurance and public health to her role at CMS.

Administrator Verma is committed to empowering patients to take ownership of

Improving Quality Measures in atom Alliance Nursing Homes

January 25th, 2018|

When it comes to Composite Scores, the lower the better. Scores are comprised of 13 long-stay quality measures. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has set a national goal for nursing homes to achieve a 6.00 or less.

Spreading Success: Intervening on Antipsychotics to Improve Dementia Care

July 10th, 2017|

Spreading Success: Intervening on Antipsychotics to Improve Dementia Care
Antipsychotic drugs are increasingly overprescribed for dementia patients in nursing homes. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General, 14 percent of older Americans living in nursing homes take at least one antipsychotic prescription. Moreover, 83 percent of Medicare

8 Ways to Know if You Should Participate in the Quality Payment Program

May 23rd, 2017|

You may have heard that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians should take part in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS is an important part of the new Quality Payment Program.

The Quality Payment Program works to make Medicare better by keeping patients

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