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QIO Program Learning Series - Trends in Patient and Family Engagement

February 2   I   2:00pm CST


A Patient Advocate Speaks Out:
Three-Part Series Chronicles Hope in Midst of Tragedy
If two jumbo jets fell from the sky every day, would you fly? That's the question Betty Tonsing sets out to address in her book
Stand in the Way: Patient Advocates Speak Out.

Betty Tonsing and
her husband, George
Every year hundreds of thousands of people die as the result of "infections contracted while in the hospital . . . and from unintentional medical harm," Betty says in her book. "That is the equivalent of about two jumbo jets crashing every day."

Her husband was one of those people.

Betty is a member of an atom Alliance care coordination community in Indiana. She graciously shared her story with us, which we featured in this three-part series, to illustrate the action she took and the hope she still has in the midst of her personal tragedy.

Better Health
Bless Your Heart

The Bless Your Heart toolkit is available online as a free download for faith communities to support the Million Hearts initiative. The initiative strives to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It's just one strategy atom Alliance uses to ignite powerful change in healthcare quality.

Better Care
Dementia, I (Don't) Love You

As Donna Lee's mother began to show signs of dementia, her decline was illustrated by the way she responded to "I love you."

As her mother's caregiver, Donna shares her personal story with us just in time for Valentine's Day.

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Deadline Approaching: 
Check List for Successful PQRS Reporting

Use our PQRS Electronic Health Record (EHR) Direct Data Submission Checklist to ensure you stay on track to complete the reporting requirements.
The deadline for 2015 report submissions is Feb. 29, 2016.
   Read more 

Better Health
African Americans and Hispanics at Higher Risk for Stroke Death

atom Alliance is working to reduce health disparities by supporting the Million Hearts initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017.
Million Hearts emphasizes prevention of heart disease and stroke by improving on the ABCS.

Better Care
Share the Love, Not the Germs 

The simplest way to avoid spreading infections is by washing your hands. This Valentines Day, share your love, not your germs! 
Use the Hand Hygiene Observation Training Toolkit from atom Alliance in your facility to improve hand washing and reduce the spread of infections.

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Helping Racial Minorities Manage Their Disease

Diabetes is a serious public health concern in the U.S., especially in minority populations.

Show you care by sharing Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC). EDC is a prevention program offering evidence-based diabetes self-management training to reduce disparities. 
    Learn the ABCS 
     Show You Care

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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.A1.01.026