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Creative Ways to Teach Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes

July 1st, 2019|

Creative Ways to Teach Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes
All staff members in a nursing home play an important role in keeping residents safe from infections. They should know some basics about the germs (like bacteria and viruses) which cause infections. They should also know steps they can take to prevent the spread of germs

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

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.

Strategic Partnership Helps Nursing Homes Report Infections

April 7th, 2017|

In November of 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) finalized new reporting regulations for participating long-term care facilities.

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.

Bathing Without a Battle: Award-Winning Training for Long-Term Care Staff

December 1st, 2016|

The award-winning, evidence-based Bathing Without a Battle training on person-centered bathing for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is now accessible online free of charge.

Nursing Homes Need to Submit Data in the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) System

October 19th, 2016|

The Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) System went into effect on July 1, 2016. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are required to collect direct care staffing and census data for each fiscal quarter. First quarter data under this mandatory reporting system will be submitted for July 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016. The deadline to submit reports

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.

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