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  • Long-Term Care Q&A: Angel Davis

    June 03, 2019

    Angel Davis is a registered nurse and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ subject matter expert for the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program’s long-term care work. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing Quality Innovation Network-QIO (QIN-QIO) quality improvement activities with long-term care facilities. She

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  • Use Person-Centered Language to Reduce Alzheimer’s Stigma

    June 03, 2019

    For those with Alzheimer’s disease, one of the keys to living a better life is to reduce the public stigma around the condition. While the stereotype stems from associations with the most severe stages, many people with Alzheimer’s live independent, active lives, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Shana Stites said in an American Society on

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  • Can This Metrics-Based Tool Improve Patient Health?

    June 03, 2019

    The Patient Activation Measure® (PAM®) tool, according to those implementing and overseeing its use, is making a difference. It comprises a set of progressively difficult questions (typically 10) that indicate a person’s level of abilities, from understanding their responsibility to care for themselves to sticking to routines even in times of

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  • Register Now for the June National Disparities LAN Event

    June 03, 2019

    The Quality Improvement Organization(QIO) Program will hold its next National Disparities Learning and Action Network (LAN) Event on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. ET. During this free webinar, featured speakers will discuss how various Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) have addressed

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  • Did You Know?

    June 03, 2019

    People 65 or older are more prone to heat-related health problems. As summer begins and temperatures start to rise, be vigilant in staying cool and hydrated. Learn more about risks and prevention here.

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  • QIOs in Action: Reducing the Risks of Clostridioides difficile

    June 03, 2019

    In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection (CDI) caused almost half a million infections in a single year. A major health threat that is lethal to 14,000 patients yearly, the bacterial infection is most risky for seniors with weakened immune systems and people who are in

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  • Q&A with Dr. Richard McKeon

    May 06, 2019

    Dr. Richard McKeon is chief of the suicide prevention branch at the Center for Mental Health Services within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). In this role, he oversees all branch suicide prevention activities, including the Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention and Campus Suicide Prevention

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  • Renewed Efforts in Senior Mental Health Treatment

    May 06, 2019

    More than 20% of adults aged 60 and over suffer from a mental or neurological disorder, and older people are more likely to experience several health conditions at the same time, including diabetes, hearing loss and osteoarthritis, according to The World Health Organization. Given these statistics, providers and lawmakers alike say they are

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  • QIOs in Action: New England QIN-QIO Responds to Nursing Home Staff Need for Behavioral Health Education

    May 06, 2019

    Across the country, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities face a two-pronged challenge: They’re working to reduce the over-prescription of antipsychotic medications, while also dealing with a growing population with behavioral health needs. After analyzing data obtained through their antipsychotic-reduction work in nursing homes, the New

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  • NCTA Day Amplifies Awareness, Calls to Action

    May 06, 2019

    April 16 marked the first of what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials plan to be an annual National Care Transitions Awareness Day. The observance, held in Baltimore, Maryland, comprised a range of speakers and exchange of information and ideas. At the heart of the matter: helping beneficiaries and their families

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  • Temporary Pause of BFCC-QIO Short Stay and HWDRG Reviews

    May 06, 2019

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily paused the performance of both Short Stay reviews and Higher Weighted Diagnosis-Related Group (HWDRG) reviews by the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs). Short Stay reviews and HWDRG reviews will stop for a brief time beginning on

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  • Did You Know?

    May 06, 2019

    May is National Stroke Awareness Month. As the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States, strokes happen to someone every 40 seconds, and more than 795,000 people every year. And while they affect people of all ages, the chances increase with age. Recognizing the signs and symptoms and reacting quickly vastly improves stroke outcomes.

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