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Training Collaboration Bringing Diabetes Education to the Underserved People of Rural Appalachia

September 28th, 2018|

Training Collaboration Bringing Diabetes Education to the Underserved People of Rural Appalachia
Due to the rural nature of Kentucky’s Appalachian counties, it can be a challenge to provide services and resources. But Qsource Quality Improvement Advisor Nancy Semrau, Registered Nurse (RN) and Licensed Diabetes Educator (LDE), looked forward to bringing training to residents of this area.

She

Improving Opioid Safety and Quality Measures in Nursing Homes to Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life

September 4th, 2018|

Improving Opioid Safety and Quality Measures in Nursing Homes to Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life
Opioids can cause a number of negative effects, particularly in older adults, as they are more susceptible to adverse effects of pain medication. Opioids can contribute to the worsening of nursing homes’ quality measures, including, but not limited to, bladder

Rural Mississippi Community Empowers Pharmacists and Reduces Hospital Readmissions

July 30th, 2018|

Rural Mississippi Community Empowers Pharmacists and Reduces Hospital Readmissions
People with complex medication routines who are admitted to the hospital are at a higher risk for readmission due to several factors, including gaps in the continuity of care. Care transitions can be difficult and as patients transition from the hospital setting to home, they are

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

MIPS Quality Measures

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Make Exercise a New Vital Sign in Your Practice

June 20th, 2018|

Make Exercise a New Vital Sign in Your Practice
Physical inactivity has been established to be an independent risk factor for many chronic diseases and conditions that threaten the health of the nation. Additionally, older adults are at particular risk for leading sedentary lifestyles.

June is good time to add exercise as a new vital sign

Team Develops Tool to Help Reduce Unnecessary Medications

May 30th, 2018|

Best Practices:
Team Develops Tool to Help Reduce Unnecessary Medications

 

Qsource’s Team for Innovation in Medication Safety, or TIMES, developed a tool to help healthcare providers take their patients off of unnecessary acid-reducing medications. Called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), these medications are used for treating stomach problems like ulcers and heartburn.

Good and Bad

According to the National

Mississippi Hospital Reduces Patient Falls by 25 Percent Using AHRQ Program

May 25th, 2018|

Mississippi Hospital Reduces Patient Falls by 25 Percent Using AHRQ Program

From AHRQ, April 2018

Anderson Regional Medical Center, a 260-bed hospital in Meridian, Mississippi, reduced patient falls by 25 percent after implementing AHRQ’s Preventing Falls in Hospitals Training Program in 2015. The reduction in patient falls resulted in an estimated $238,000 savings in medical costs.

“AHRQ’s

Personal Story: Determined to be a Quitter

May 25th, 2018|

Personal Story:
Determined to be a Quitter
Carolyn Rucker has a story to tell. It’s a story about conquering a nicotine habit of nearly 60 years as a cigarette smoker. She is a quitter. A determined quitter. So determined in fact, that the story of her “journey” to quit smoking plays out more like a blip

Communication Tool Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions

April 30th, 2018|

Communication Tool Helps Reduce Hospital Readmissions
Effective communication is essential to high-quality healthcare. Qsource team members in Indiana are successfully facilitating improvement in transitions of care with the Wabash Valley Care Coalition (WVCC). They are using a communication tool that encourages openness and clarity as a patient’s care is transferred from one member of the

Improving Quality Measures in Qsource 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.