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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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  • 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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