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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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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

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

Educate Before You Medicate

October 3rd, 2018|

How much do you know about the medications that you take? Millions of Americans take prescription medicines daily. As Talk About Your Medicines Month is observed in October, atom Alliance encourages you to ask questions and discuss your medications with your healthcare provider.

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

Value-Added Activities in Antibiotic Stewardship

July 11th, 2018|

Value-Added Activities in Antibiotic Stewardship
Because antibiotic stewardship is so closely associated with clinical quality, the Quality Payment Program (QPP) includes several process measures related to appropriate antibiotic use. Antibiotic Stewardship is a proven strategy to improve clinical outcomes; promote patient safety; prevent adverse drug events and curtail the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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Discussions About End of Life Care Help Patients and Providers Be Prepared

March 28th, 2018|

Discussions About End of Life Care Help Patients and Providers Be Prepared
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that only 12 percent of patients with an advance directive had received input from their physician in its development.

Healthcare providers should discuss options for care at the end of life with their patients. It is covered by

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