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.
Providence, RI (November 13, 2017) — Healthcentric Advisors was awarded a Rhode Island State Innovation Model Grant from The Executive Office of Health and Human Services to increase patient engagement in advance care planning conversations in healthcare.
Providence, RI (November 6, 2017) — Healthcentric Advisors, a Rhode Island based nonprofit specializing in healthcare quality improvement and technical assistance, was awarded a two-year, $390,000 Special Innovation Project under their Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract to improve the ability of Rhode Island nursing homes to serve residents with behavioral health needs.
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.
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 […]
Providence, RI (August 2017) – Immunizations are critically important in protecting older adults against serious and sometimes deadly diseases, such as the influenza virus or shingles. Yet, Kaiser Health News reported in 2015 that three out of four Americans older than 60 do not get the shingles vaccine, and one in three skip the influenza vaccine.
Providence, RI (July 20, 2017) – Kara H. Butler, MBA, MHSA, Director of Administrative Services, was recently named one of the 2017 40 Under Forty Award winners by the Providence Business News (PBN). This year’s sponsors include Marsh & McLennan Agency, Cox Business, and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.
Providence, RI (July 6, 2017) – According to the COPD Education Pilot Program developed by the Greater Providence Community Coalition, standardized education for patients across different healthcare settings is feasible.
Providence, RI (July 5, 2017) – Researchers at Healthcentric Advisors and Brown University conducted a study that analyzed open-ended answers by 744 physicians to this question on a Rhode Island Department of Health survey in 2014: “How does using an EHR affect your interaction with patients?”