Project ECHO® 2018 Update

We recently wrapped up our second Project ECHO®: How to Operate with Meaningful Engagement for Staff Stability (HOMESS), developed for Nursing Homes and Skilled that struggle with staffing shortage and retention challenges. HOMESS is the second Project ECHO® we’ve completed this year. About 15 individuals joined each session representing centers in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, […]

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Train-the-Trainer Toolkit

This train-the-trainer toolkit is intended for providers to standardize and improve the care they give to patients with COPD. It includes a patient-facing booklet and self-management tools, as well as slides, videos, and data tracking tools. The target audience is clinicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, and providers of patients with COPD. There are additional materials available […]

SAGE/Rhode Island Workshops: Promoting Quality of Care for LGBT Older Adults

Join our friends at SAGE/Rhode Island for a two-part series of workshops that provide knowledge and best practice skills to improve the quality of care for LGBT older adults in Rhode Island. The first series consists of three workshops, each focused on a specific setting: hospitals, long term care or assisted living facilities and community-based […]

Protect Your Adult Patients from Influenza This Season

Last year’s flu season was moderately severe but lasted a record-breaking 21 weeks. And while the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity often begins to increase in October, most commonly peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get […]

CMS Releases RFI for the Development of a CMS Action Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to hear from you… CMS has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the Development of a CMS Action Plan to Prevent Opioid Addiction and Enhance Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment as part of the SUPPORT Act. The action plan also entails a review of Medicare/Medicaid payment […]

Study: What do physicians think of websites that rate physicians? Not much.

A recent survey of all physicians in Rhode Island, conducted by the Rhode Island Department of Health, found that half of physicians are unaware of the existence of websites (such as those run by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Rhode Island Department of Health) that report hospital and physician quality measures. […]

Healthcentric Advisors Wins National Grant to Tackle Hypertension with Innovative Blood Pressure Monitoring Technology

Healthcentric Advisors, the only health quality organization in the nation to win the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ highly competitive Special Innovation Project contract, will work to reduce uncontrolled hypertension among Rhode Island residents. Read recent media coverage in CovergenceRI and Providence Business News. The project will decrease uncontrolled hypertension in medically underserved communities […]

Project RED: Outcomes Congress Success

Recently, we partnered with Massachusetts Senior Care Association to share results of a Special Innovation Project at our “Outcomes Congress” with over 30 individuals from a range of settings. Project participants came together to highlight and learn from the success of key elements adapted from Project RED to support discharge from skilled nursing facilities back […]