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  • Q&A with Jean Moody-Williams & Dr. Adebola Adeleye

    April 03, 2019

    Jean Moody-Williams, RN, MPP, is the acting consortium administrator for the Consortium for Quality Improvement and Survey & Certification Operations at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Moody-Williams received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Hampton University and a Masters of Public Policy and Management from

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  • Chronic Pain Management Requires Better Education and Collaboration

    April 03, 2019

    Managing chronic pain requires careful coordination between patients and their providers, especially as the opioid epidemic continues to impact those seeking relief. About 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose, and in 2017, nearly 70 percent of all drug overdose deaths involved an opioid, according to the Centers for Disease Control

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  • Immediate Advocacy is Changing How Medicare Patients Navigate Care — Here’s How

    April 03, 2019

    Patient advocacy is a key component in any comprehensive wellness plan, and knowledge of available resources may make the difference between remaining at home and returning to the hospital. April’s National Patient Advocacy Month provides the opportunity to bring attention to a benefit from the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-Quality

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  • QIOs In Action: Tracking Patient Progress Through Personalized Data Reports

    April 03, 2019

    Tracking progress on key hospital readmission metrics and comparing data from other state and regional providers is providing the TMF Quality Innovation Network (QIN) team with important perspective. The insights, they say, are helping to improve health care quality and promote goals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services QIN-Quality

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  • 3 Tips for Preventing Hospital Readmissions

    April 03, 2019

    Too often, rehospitalizations and other post-discharge problems happen due to endemic issues in care transitions, according to research from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Initiatives such as the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), which reduces payments to hospitals with excess readmissions,and this month’s inaugural

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  • Register: April Medication Safety LAN Event on Finding the Balance Between Medication Benefits and Burdens

    April 03, 2019

    The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold its next Medication Safety Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET. This free online training, titled, “Finding the Balance Between Medication Benefits and Burdens: Implementing Appropriate and Safe Prescribing,” will discuss:

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  • Did You Know?

    April 03, 2019

    You can virtually join National Care Transitions Awareness Day on April 16. Register for online attendance here.

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  • Q&A with Precious McCowan, End Stage Renal Disease Patient and Advocate

    March 06, 2019

    Precious McCowan was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD) a decade ago and has since devoted her life to advocating for patients with the illness. She currently serves as a member of the ESRD Network 14 Patient Advisory Council (PAC), the Medical Review Board (MRB), the National Patient and Family Engagement-Learning and Action Network

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  • Closing the Awareness Gap: The Diabetes and Kidney Disease Relationship

    March 06, 2019

    Approximately one-quarter of the nearly 30 million American adults with diabetes have chronic kidney disease (CKD)—kidney damage or decreased kidney function that becomes life-threatening over time. Two Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) spotted an opportunity to

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  • 3 Tips to Maximize Care Quality for People with Type 2 Diabetes

    March 06, 2019

    Providing care to the 12 million seniors over age 65 living with diabetes poses a unique set of challenges. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 National Diabetes Statistics Report, diabetes kills more Americans every year than AIDS and breast cancer combined, so the stakes are high. To help health care providers

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  • 5 Steps for Giving a Voice to Patients with Advanced Kidney Disease

    March 06, 2019

    About 662,000 Americans are being treated for end stage renal disease (ESRD), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While ESRD can impact people of any age, the illness dramatically affects the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services beneficiary population. In people aged 65 through 74 worldwide, an estimated 20

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  • QIOs In Action: Alliant Quality Brings Diabetes Self-Management to Georgia Dialysis Centers

    March 06, 2019

    According to The American Diabetes Association,1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year, and one in three individuals are projected to develop type 2 diabetes by 2050. Furthermore, diabetes was the seventh leading cause of death in the United States in 2015. However, evidence shows the use of diabetes self-management education

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  • Register: March National Disparities LAN Event on Investing in Health Equity

    March 06, 2019

    The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will hold its next National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET. This free online training, titled, “Investing in Health Equity: Funding, Cost Savings, and Return on Investment,” will discuss: Funding health equity efforts

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  • Did You Know?

    March 06, 2019

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of people with Medicare who have advanced kidney disease don’t see a nephrologist before developing kidney failure. Get the facts and help ensure better patient outcomes by visiting the CDC website.

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