Stories – Tennessee

Tennessee Success Stories

  • Improving Opioid Safety and Quality Measures in Nursing Homes to Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life

    Improving Opioid Safety and Quality Measures in Nursing Homes to Enhance Residents’ Quality of Life

    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…Read More »
  • Personal Story: Determined to be a Quitter

    Personal Story: Determined to be a Quitter

    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…Read More »
  • Improving Quality Measures in atom Alliance Nursing Homes

    Improving Quality Measures in atom Alliance Nursing Homes

    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.Read More »
  • An Unlikely Advocate:  A Caregiver Finds atom Alliance After Opioid Overdose

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

    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.Read More »
  • How a Nursing Home Increased Communication and Reduced Antipsychotic Medications

    How a Nursing Home Increased Communication and Reduced Antipsychotic Medications

    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,…Read More »
  • A Step in the Right Direction: Improving Activities of Daily Living

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

    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…Read More »
  • Care Coordination Community Brings Chattanooga Hospitals Together

    Care Coordination Community Brings Chattanooga Hospitals Together

    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.Read More »
  • Living Well with COPD

    Living Well with COPD

    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.Read More »
  • Tennessee Hospital Reduces Infections, Saves Lives

    Tennessee Hospital Reduces Infections, Saves Lives

    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…Read More »
  • Sharing is Caring: Healthcare Innovators Collaborate to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Sharing is Caring: Healthcare Innovators Collaborate to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Sharing is Caring: Healthcare Innovators Collaborate to Reduce Hospital Readmissions   Knowledge is infectious and that’s a good thing for a diverse group of healthcare innovators in Nashville, Tenn., known as the Transitioning Patients Across the Care Continuum (TPACC) community. The group meets monthly to share knowledge, host speakers and discuss how they can impact…Read More »