January 2017
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atom Alliance wishes you and yours the best in 2017
Living Well with COPD
atom Alliance talks to Stephanie Williams from the COPD Foundation
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects 30 million Americans, yet only about 12 million know they have it.

"We are on the verge of a huge boom in the number of patients diagnosed with COPD," said Stephanie Williams. "We need to be working together to come up with effective tools and workflows that will help us not just manage, but really give these people what they need to live well with COPD. We need to have a plan for their care."

Think Culturally, Provide Quality Care

The Think Cultural Health (TCH) website is dedicated to advancing health equity at every point of contact with healthcare providers.

Take the first step to improve the quality of services given to diverse populations by learning to be more aware of your own cultural beliefs and more responsive to those of your patients.

How physicians can most effectively screen patients for depression and alcohol use is among the answers available in an easy-to-use How To guide created by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The guide contains questions that can be asked during an annual wellness exam and suggested follow-up procedures needed.

Sign Up by Jan. 31 for Medicare Study to Receive CPIA Credit

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is conducting a Clinical Practice Improvement Activities (CPIA) Study, as outlined in the MACRA final rule.

Those eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) that participate successfully in the study will receive full credit for the Improvement Activities performance category.
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This material was prepared by atom Alliance, the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), coordinated by Qsource for Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Mississippi and Alabama under a contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Content does not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 16.A1.12.094