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Improving Quality Measures in atom Alliance 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.

atom Alliance Launches Diabetes Education in Alabama

June 14th, 2016|

atom Alliance Launches Diabetes Education in Alabama
Alabama has the 4th highest rate of adult diabetes in the nation. While the national average is 10.1%, Alabama is at 12.9%. However, the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (AQAF) is taking strides to decrease this rate as part of the atom Alliance Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement

Nursing Home Systematically Eliminates Restraint-Free Alarms

November 24th, 2014|

Hanceville Nursing and Rehab Center in Hanceville, Ala., set a goal to systematically eliminate all restraint-free alarms (RFAs). Their mission was to improve resident quality of life by decreasing the overall number of restraints used in the facility, which would decrease noise levels and increase resident rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep.

Facility Exceeds National AP Reduction Goal

November 24th, 2014|

In August 2012, one out of four nursing home residents at Hanceville Nursing and Rehab Center was taking an antipsychotic (AP) medication. A little more than a year and a half later, the Hanceville, Ala., facility had cut its use in half.

From I to We

November 5th, 2014|

One nursing home in Alabama was facing a communications problem and it was affecting the quality of care they provided to their residents.

They needed to change the focus of their communications from “I” to “We.”