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New Tools to Measure Patients’ Health Literacy

December 28th, 2015|

The communication between health care professionals and patients is essential to improving medical care and overall health. Taking into account a patient’s health literacy skills can help improve interpersonal relationships and the information that is exchanged during between both parties.

atom Alliance’s Top 10 Patient-Focused Stories of 2015

December 18th, 2015|

There are many ways to keep in touch with the work atom Alliance is doing in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.

atom Alliance Top 10 Provider Stories of 2015

December 17th, 2015|

In case you missed these stories, here are the top 10 provider-focused stories shared on atom Alliance in 2015.

Top 10 Provider Stories

Pledge to Get Your Flu Vaccine
Important Update to Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendations
Have You Been Notified About a PQRS Negative Payment Adjustment?
Five Changes to the Five-Star Nursing Home Rating System
atom Alliance Partners with Cherokee

Top Five Most Downloaded Healthcare Quality Improvement Resources of 2015

December 15th, 2015|

atom Alliance states are change agents focused on three healthcare quality improvement aims: better patient care, better population health and lower health care costs through improvement.

Top 5 Most Downloaded Hospital Infection Prevention Resources in 2015

December 10th, 2015|

Hospitals working actively to lower infection rates downloaded a wealth of information from atom Alliance in 2015. These are the top five

Top 10 Most Downloaded atom Alliance Resources of 2015

December 7th, 2015|

atom Alliance works with healthcare patients and providers in five states to advance quality improvement goals established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. These are the top 10 most downloaded resources on www.atomAlliance.org in 2015.

Get Smart About Antibiotics!

November 13th, 2015|

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections.

AHRQ Patient Safety Videos Help Healthcare Teams Improve Safety

October 27th, 2015|

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) investigates the ways that patients are harmed, why this harm occurs and how to prevent it. AHRQ translates the results of this research into practical tools, such as this series of videos, which can be used in the field to make healthcare safer.

In addition to videos

What Is the Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR)?

September 23rd, 2015|

The SIR is a summary value used to track healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) at a national, state and local level. The SIR adjusts for several risk factors found to be significantly associated with differences in infection incidence.

The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

September 16th, 2015|

Antibiotics have been a critical public health tool since the discovery of penicillin in 1928. Today, however, the emergence of drug resistance in bacteria is reversing the miracles of the past eighty years

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