All posts by New England QIN-QIO

Strong Connecticut Partnership Leads to Increased DSMP Expansion In High-Risk Area

According to statistical sources from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 13% of U.S. adults, 20 years and older, and nearly one-third of persons 65 years and older have diabetes. Care for older Americans with diabetes costs Medicare $10 billion annually, and the cost continues to … Continue reading Strong Connecticut Partnership Leads to Increased DSMP Expansion In High-Risk Area

Collaborating with Local Health Care Providers for Free Health Screenings on World Diabetes Day at a Physician Practice

In observance of World Diabetes Day, the Vermont QIN-QIO staff collaborated with a family physician and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) to coordinate a full day of free health screenings for diabetes for patients in a rural community in northern Vermont. With the goal of providing patient education and raising awareness of diabetes, the event … Continue reading Collaborating with Local Health Care Providers for Free Health Screenings on World Diabetes Day at a Physician Practice

Meet Sandy Valliere from Rhode Island

Why did you want to join the New England QIN-QIO Patient & Family Advisory Council (PFAC)? I attended a Diabetes Self-Management Program workshop where I learned about healthy eating, the importance of exercise, and how to live a healthy life with diabetes. One of the workshop leaders, Brenda Jenkins, a Senior Program Administrator at Healthcentric … Continue reading Meet Sandy Valliere from Rhode Island

You Haven’t Missed the MIPS Boat! Jump Onboard to Avoid a Penalty

Haven’t thought about the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or what data to submit? Don’t worry, there is still time to avoid the 4% negative payment adjustment on your 2019 Medicare Part B claims. With just about three weeks left in the 2017 Transition Year, eligible clinicians that have not begun to plan for reporting … Continue reading You Haven’t Missed the MIPS Boat! Jump Onboard to Avoid a Penalty

Hopkins Manor Decreases Use of Unnecessary Medications

Hopkins Manor is a 200-bed skilled nursing facility located in North Providence, Rhode Island – one of the smallest towns in one of the smallest states in the US. They have been family owned and operated since they opened their doors in 1974. Over the years, Hopkins Manor has prioritized quality improvement efforts in a … Continue reading Hopkins Manor Decreases Use of Unnecessary Medications

“Punch-a-Bug” Trivia Game Well Received By Mainers

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2017), “at least 80 million antibiotic prescriptions each year are unnecessary, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority.” To meet this urgency, the New England QIN-QIO Antimicrobial Stewardship Team in Maine developed a more interactive and engaging way to teach healthcare providers and … Continue reading “Punch-a-Bug” Trivia Game Well Received By Mainers

“Life Story” Questionnaire Helps Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Resident with Dementia

In preparation for a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program, the New England QIN-QIO Nursing Home Lead in New Hampshire offered to provide on-site coaching to a team at a 60- bed skilled nursing facility. To initiate the new QAPI program, the Nursing Home Lead recommended that this facility’s initial project focus on reducing … Continue reading “Life Story” Questionnaire Helps Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Resident with Dementia

DSME Program Promotes Better Health and Social Support for Beneficiaries with Diabetes

Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) programs, developed by the American Association of Diabetes Educators, have been proven effective for participants who want to manage their Type 2 diabetes and related conditions. Conducted by Diabetes Educators, the classes help participants deal with issues that relate to their health and diabetes, such as diet, blood sugar levels, medications, … Continue reading DSME Program Promotes Better Health and Social Support for Beneficiaries with Diabetes

Pharmacist Receives Patient Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Antibiotic Stewardship Program Across a Healthcare Network

At least two million people in the U.S. are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die each year as a result. Due to this growing health threat, healthcare providers and communities are increasingly emphasizing the need to implement Antibiotic Stewardship programs. Despite this intensifying need, other competing priorities and limited resources can … Continue reading Pharmacist Receives Patient Safety Award for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Antibiotic Stewardship Program Across a Healthcare Network

It’s the Final Countdown – Don’t Miss Out on MIPS

It’s not too late to start preparing! October 2nd, 2017 is the last day to begin a 90-day reporting period for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance year. For MIPS eligible clinicians (ECs) trying to avoid a 4% penalty on their Medicare Part B claims, it is important to determine what quality measures, … Continue reading It’s the Final Countdown – Don’t Miss Out on MIPS