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Getting Personal: How a Nurse Uses His Own Story to Inspire Others to Care for their Hearts

September 4th, 2018|

Getting Personal: How a Nurse Uses His Own Story to Inspire Others to Care for their Hearts
John Knowles, RN, RHIA, is passionate about helping people acquire the information, skills and confidence they need to manage their health and healthcare. As a Health Information Technology Specialist for atom Alliance in Indiana, he shares his personal

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

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. atom Alliance 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

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.

Bringing Diabetes Education to Rural Indiana

January 25th, 2018|

Franciscan Health offers ‎American Diabetes Association recognized diabetes self- management education (DSME) at their Healthy Living Center in Lafayette, Indiana, but this important type of education was limited in the counties surrounding the hospital.

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

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

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