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Creative Ways to Teach Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes

July 1st, 2019|

Creative Ways to Teach Infection Prevention in Nursing Homes
All staff members in a nursing home play an important role in keeping residents safe from infections. They should know some basics about the germs (like bacteria and viruses) which cause infections. They should also know steps they can take to prevent the spread of germs

Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department Visits Decline Following Sickle Cell Education; Savings Estimated at $1.6 Million

November 5th, 2018|

Hospital Admissions, Emergency Department Visits Decline Following Sickle Cell Education; Savings Estimated at $1.6 Million
CMS Expands Local Memphis Project Nationwide

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, will be expanded to a national scale over the next 12 months.

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

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

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.

An Unlikely Advocate: A Caregiver Finds atom Alliance After Opioid Overdose

January 5th, 2018|

by Lindsey Jett, CPht

atom Alliance is working with providers and patients throughout the state of Tennessee to increase awareness and education around the opioid epidemic that is facing our state and our nation. We are working with beneficiaries and their families, as well as community healthcare providers, to reduce opioid use in Tennessee.

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

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.

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.

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