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Your Recommendation Often Determines a Patient’s Vaccination Decision

September 30th, 2019|

Your Recommendation Often Determines a Patient’s Vaccination Decision
Patient barriers often prevent patients from receiving the vaccines they need. Barriers may include lack of education, misinformation and fear of vaccines. Studies show that spending more time talking with patients about vaccines and making strong recommendations improves outcomes. Every encounter with a physician office, hospital, home

MIPS Quality Measure Spotlight: Influenza Immunization

September 30th, 2019|

MIPS Quality Measure Spotlight: Influenza Immunization
In preparation for the 2019-2020 flu season, many clinicians have chosen to report on the Preventive Care and Screening: Influenza Immunization MIPS quality measure (Quality ID: 110). This measure tracks the percentage of patients 6 months and older who were seen for a visit between October 1 and March

Sickle Cell Patients Share Photos

September 3rd, 2019|

Sickle Cell Patients Share Photos and Treats to Improve Care at Memphis Emergency Departments
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, patients and quality improvement experts will be popping up at some local hospital emergency departments (EDs) to offer a tasty treat and a view of sickle cell disease (SCD) through patients’ eyes.  Project PopSickleCell is part

Medicare Helps Seniors use Opioids Safely

September 3rd, 2019|

Medicare Helps Seniors use Opioids Safely
Doctors may prescribe opioids, a class of drugs used to treat pain, after surgery or an injury. Although opioids can be an important part of treatment, they have serious risks like addiction, abuse, and overdose, especially if used continuously. This is true even for seniors and other people with

Seeking Volunteer Healthcare Consumers

August 6th, 2019|

Seeking Volunteer Healthcare Consumers
The atom Alliance is developing a volunteer network designed to engage Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers in the CMS quality improvement work. We plan to recruit at least 3-5 consumers/patients who are on Medicare or their caregivers for each of the communities where we are striving to improve health and healthcare. They

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

Improving Patient Education to Prevent Adverse Drug Events

February 28th, 2019|

Improving Patient Education to Prevent Adverse Drug Events

Anticoagulant medications such as warfarin and heparin are among the most common medications that cause complications for people in the hospital, according to the American Journal of Medicine. But maximizing communications across the care continuum and engaging patients and family members can prevent these life-threatening events.

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Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department Visits Decline Following Sickle Cell Education

February 26th, 2019|

Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department Visits Decline Following Sickle Cell Education

A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) special innovation project to improve acute pain management in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) patients that originated in Memphis, TN will be is being expanded to a national scale. The project which is a collaborative effort between the

New App Displays What Original Medicare Covers

January 29th, 2019|

New App Displays What Original Medicare Covers
Newest eMedicare Tool Provides Valuable Information to Mobile Users

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new app that gives consumers a modernized Medicare experience with direct access on a mobile device to some of the most-used content on Medicare.gov.

The new “What’s Covered” app lets

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

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