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 […]

Success Story: Maine Collaboration Focuses on Community to Effectively Reduce CDI rates

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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the germ […]

Success Story: 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 […]

“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

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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.

RI HAI Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship Coalition aids in Antibiotic use Reduction

R.I. leads antibiotic prescription decline in national effort curbing microbial resistance Providence, RI (October 2, 2017) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that total inappropriate antibiotic use may approach 50 percent of all outpatient antibiotic use. On a local level, Rhode Island is leading in the effort to curb unnecessary use of […]