Are you a Safe Care Transitions Champion?

Healthcentric Advisors is going social in recognition of annual National Healthcare Decision Day and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 1st annual National Care Transitions Awareness (NCTA) Day, April 16, 2019. During the week of 4/16/19 we’ll increase awareness of the importance of advance care planning and effective care transitions for our patient and provider […]

Big Changes Coming to Nursing Home Compare April 2019

Memorandum Summary | March 5, 2019 “April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare include: Ending the Freeze on Health Inspection Star Ratings – In April 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will end the freeze on the health inspection domain of the Five Star Quality Rating System. We will resume the traditional […]

Training medical professionals on how to best handle changing landscape in nursing homes

Local nursing homes are seeing a different kind of resident—they’re younger and often face substance use and behavioral health issues. This is why we’re collaborating with Rhode Island College and the Substance Use & Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island to train medical professionals on how to best handle the needs of this population […]

Increasing Home Health Face-to-Face Certification: Impact of a Hospital-Based Intervention

With support from our Rhode Island Healthcare Advisory Board, Healthcentric Advisors 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 patients referred […]

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

Maine Punch-a-Bug GameAccording 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.

Patient and Family Advisory Council Is Helping Create More Impactful Resources

PFAC

Providence, RI (October 2017) – Developing health care quality improvement resources and educational tools is a critical aspect of the work that Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIO) undertake in their states. But for those resources to be effective, they need to resonate with their target audiences, including Medicare beneficiaries and other partners. This is often a challenge, as many QIN-QIOs operate in multiple states and reach thousands of different stakeholders.