Success Stories

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Healthcare providers throughout New England are continuing to improve the efficiency, quality and safety of the care they provide. With support from the New England QIN-QIO, healthcare communities are making great strides towards patient-focused, sustainable health systems.

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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

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

CT SNF Exceeds Antipsychotic Medication Reduction Goal

Connecticut Skilled Nursing Facility Exceeds Antipsychotic Medication Reduction Goal through Implementation of Robust Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) Lutheran Home of Southbury is a skilled nursing care community in Connecticut with a focus on Alzheimer’s and dementia care. In an effort to enhance the clinical and social well-being of their residents who suffer with moderate to … Continue reading CT SNF Exceeds Antipsychotic Medication Reduction Goal

Cross-Setting Collaboration Improves Nursing Home Discharges Back to the Community

When a resident is discharged from a skilled nursing facility, efforts to avoid re-hospitalization go beyond the nursing facility; it takes a community effort to keep a resident at home. With a rise in readmissions from nursing home discharges to the community, a group of key stakeholders in southeastern Massachusetts are working together to help … Continue reading Cross-Setting Collaboration Improves Nursing Home Discharges Back to the Community

Patient Benefits from New Hampshire Diabetes Self-Management Program Workshop

Earlier this year, New Hampshire staff members from the New England QIN-QIO led a six-week Diabetes-Self-Management Program (DSMP) workshop at a primary care practice in Claremont, NH. This workshop was held for patients of the practices who had been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes. The need to hold the workshop was pressing, as all of … Continue reading Patient Benefits from New Hampshire Diabetes Self-Management Program Workshop