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Minnesota QIO Recommends Three Actions for Improving Medication Management in Transitions of Care

Minnesota

Stratis Health recommends three actions for improving medication management in transitions of care by improving workflow in health care settings, in its white paper “Understanding and Improving Medication Reconciliation Between Hospitals and Nursing Homes”.

The recommendations are made from a quality improvement perspective, with the intent to give guidance to and support action by hospitals, nursing homes, and pharmacists. These... full story

Missouri QIO Drives Decline in Use of Restraints in Nursing Home

Missouri

Working with Primaris, Missouri’s Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) through July 2014*, a 60-bed nursing home in Southwest Missouri reduced the use of restraints among its residents from 28.9 percent to 2.3 percent in just over a year (2012-2013).

Once seen as tools to help prevent nursing home residents from injuring themselves, restraints are now recognized as presenting serious health risks to residents, contributing to circulation problems and pressure ulcers. Primaris collaborated with nursing homes to reduce restraint use,... full story

California QIO Redesigns Practices’ Workflow to Improve Tobacco Screening Documentation

California

In its work assisting physician practices to leverage electronic health records (EHRs) for quality measures reporting, Health Services Advisory Group of California, Inc. (HSAG of California), the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for the state, observed that reported tobacco screening rates for Medicare beneficiaries among some practices were far lower than other similar practices.

Specifically, some 88 physician providers using a particular certified EHR reported an average 6 percent of Medicare beneficiaries were being screened for tobacco use, but  given the... full story

QIO Aids in Improving Heart Health for Oklahoma’s Native Americans

Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality (OFMQ), Oklahoma's QIO through July 2014*, worked with partners to reduce key heart disease risk factors among the state’s more than 300,000 Native Americans.  Heart disease is a leading cause of death for most ethnic groups in the U.S., and is second only to cancer for Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders and American Indians or Alaska Natives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Through its Cardiac Learning and Action Network (LAN) initiative ─ a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)... full story

Arkansas QIO Works with Libraries to Improve Patrons’ Health Literacy and Heart Health

Arkansas

As part of its work to improve cardiovascular health and health literacy in the Arkansas Delta, AFMC - the Quality Improvement Organization for Arkansas through July 2014* - partnered with seven public libraries to create health hubs in the libraries.

With assistance from AFMC:

  • The participating libraries hosted Heart Health 101 events and other health-focused learning sessions for patrons, including free health screenings.
  • Three libraries were selected to receive blood pressure monitors from the Arkansas Department of Health and set up permanent... full story

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