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CDC Issues Health Alert Network Advisory on Flu

April 4th, 2019|

CDC Issues Health Alert Network Advisory on Flu
On March 28, the CDC Health Alert Network (HAN) released Influenza Season Continues with an Increase in Influenza A(H3N2) Activity. The “Summary” section and the beginning of the “Recommendations” section are reprinted below.

Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this health advisory to notify

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

Take the Test For Diabetes Alert Day

February 21st, 2019|

Take the Test for Diabetes Alert Day

The American Diabetes Association Alert Day serves as a “wake-up call” to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association encourages people to join the movement to Stop Diabetes® by taking the Diabetes Risk Test and finding out if they, or their loved

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

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

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

Helping Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospitalization in Indiana

October 26th, 2018|

Helping Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospitalization in Indiana
More than 5.7 million American adults are living with heart failure. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) projects that the prevalence of heart failure will increase 46 percent from 2012 to 2030, resulting in 8 million adults living with the chronic condition.1

Congestive heart failure

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