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How a Nursing Home Increased Communication and Reduced Antipsychotic Medications

October 3rd, 2017|

How a Nursing Home Increased Communication and Reduced Antipsychotic Medications
 

As a participant in atom Alliance’s collaborative, NHC Oak Ridge located in Oak Ridge, Tenn. was able to lower the number of residents on antipsychotic medications.

“Our team looked at a couple reports from the past year, including our atom Alliance Composite Score report, and we

How One Patient’s Experience Inspired a Tool to Help Many

June 27th, 2017|

How One Patient’s Experience Inspired a Tool to Help Many
Polypharmacy—the use of multiple drugs to treat a single or several medical issues—is a growing concern for Medicare beneficiaries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication, and 29 percent take five or

A Retired Nurse Shares Her Thoughts on Antibiotic Stewardship

May 23rd, 2017|

Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but they must be used wisely. They have saved so many people and can continue to do so if we use them the right way. People need to develop a healthy respect for these powerful drugs. And accept that sometimes, being sick is just part of being human.

Marcia Rasner is a

A Step in the Right Direction: Improving Activities of Daily Living

April 25th, 2017|

Room for Improvement
atom Alliance quality improvement advisors helped administrators and staff at Ave Maria Home understand their quarterly quality measures report. The staff saw an opportunity for improvement in their activities of daily living (ADL) measure in their composite score.

“Julie from atom Alliance did a webinar with us to show us our different measures,

Care Coordination Community Brings Chattanooga Hospitals Together

March 2nd, 2017|

Care Coordination Community Brings Chattanooga Hospitals Together to Reduce Readmissions

The Chattanooga Regional Health Innovation Coalition (CRHIC) brought three area hospitals together to achieve the lowest readmission rate in Tennessee among care coordination communities.

atom Alliance Teams Up with Nursing School to Improve Long-Term Care

January 26th, 2017|

atom Alliance Teams Up with Nursing School to Improve Long-Term Care
Originally posted by University of Mississippi Medical Center on September 26, 2016

A collaboration between the University of Mississippi School of Nursing and Information & Quality Healthcare, a member of the atom Alliance, a five-state Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization providing services in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky,

Living Well with COPD

January 5th, 2017|

atom Alliance talks to Stephanie Williams from the COPD Foundation

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects 30 million Americans, yet only about 12 million know they have it.

Workgroup Helps Healthcare Organization Replace or Eliminate Harmful Processes

December 6th, 2016|

Workgroup Helps Healthcare Organization Replace or Eliminate Harmful Processes
Michelle Vincent MSN, RN, APRN- BC, Director of Quality, Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center located in Leitchfield, Kentucky, credits her team’s participation in an electronic medical record (EMR)-specific workgroup with helping their facility provide better care.

“At the end of the day, it really comes down to

Tennessee Hospital Reduces Infections, Saves Lives

November 9th, 2016|

When Fabiola Demuth began working at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry, she looked for opportunities to improve care and eliminate healthcare-associated infections (HAI). With help from an atom Alliance quality improvement advisor, the hospital saw a significant reduction in central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in their intensive care units (ICUs).

“After looking at

Care Coordination Initiative Helps Patients, Aligns with Quality Measures

August 30th, 2016|

 
Care Coordination Initiative Helps Patients, Aligns with Quality Measures
Navigator Program Expands to 22 Primary Care Clinics

Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi recently completed a successful three-month care coordination pilot with three primary care clinics and is in the process of expanding
the program to all 22 of their primary clinics. Physicians, along with key clinical staff