Healthy eating can be a challenge for patients who must make ends meet on a fixed monthly income. For one couple, Mr. and Mrs. D in a six-week QIN-QIO-led Diabetes Self-Management class, low income was just one of the barriers keeping them from a healthier lifestyle.
Windsor Health and Rehabilitation Center, LLC is a family-owned and operated 108-bed skilled nursing facility serving the Greater Hartford and Greater Springfield areas. Under new ownership since January 1, 2016, the facility offers a range of care options, including short term, long-term rehabilitation, and skilled nursing services which includes orthopedic, stroke, cardiac, pulmonary rehab, post-transplant care, wound management, and end-of-life care.
Nationwide, approximately 75 million — or one in every three — American adults have high blood pressure or hypertension, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States are also feeling the burden of this disease. In New Hampshire, one in four adults has hypertension, and only 33 percent of these individuals have their … Continue reading QIOs In Action: New England QIN-QIO Helps Improve Access to Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring
With support from our Rhode Island Healthcare Advisory Board, the New England QIN-QIO initiated collaboration between hospitals and home health agencies to improve patient transfers from the hospital to home. This collaboration led to interventions at hospitals in Rhode Island; most modified their discharge processes to embed required certification into the routine discharge paperwork for … Continue reading Increasing Home Health Face-to-Face Certification: Impact of a Hospital-Based Intervention
Through its work and partnerships with Maine nursing homes and hospitals, New England QIN-QIO staff recognized that in both the nursing home and hospital setting, leaders were targeting the same goal – a reduction of C. difficile rates in the patients they serve.
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
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.
Over the years, Hopkins Manor has prioritized quality improvement efforts in a variety of ways. With technical support from the New England QIN-QIO, they have completed a Root Cause Analysis, acquired leadership buy-in, including the medical director and most importantly, have embraced change.
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 beneficiaries about safe antibiotic prescribing and use.
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