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Be Antibiotics Aware – Resources Available

New Resources Amplify Be Antibiotics Aware message, Raise Awareness About Appropriate Antibiotic Use  Exciting, colorful and interactive, the CDC's new video & animated icons bring the Be Antibiotics Aware message to life! Add these digital resources to your...

From Resolution to Long-Term Solution: Healthier Lifestyle Choices

From Resolution to Long-Term Solution: Healthier Lifestyle Choices

Lose weight, exercise more and eat healthier are always on the top of the New Year’s Resolution list. The gym is packed for the first few weeks and the vegetable tray is a fixture at the dinner table.  And then, life gets in the way.  For individuals with chronic...

Flu Symptoms on the Rise

Flu Symptoms on the Rise

The flu season is in its early phases and the number of individuals seeking health care for symptoms similar to influenza is over twice the national baseline. Widespread flu activity is being reported across the country and the Centers for Disease Control and...

CMS Announces New Payment Model

CMS Announces New Payment Model

  CMS announces new payment model to improve quality, coordination and cost-effectiveness for both inpatient and outpatient care  Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) announced...

CMS Updates Website to Compare Hospital Quality

CMS Updates Website to Compare Hospital Quality

  CMS updated data on the Hospital Compare website and on data.medicare.gov to provide patients, families and stakeholders with the information they need to compare the performance of hospitals where they seek medical care. Along with data on quality measures, CMS...

Infection Prevention and Control Tools

Infection Prevention and Control Tools

  The basic elements of an infection prevention program are designed to prevent the spread of infection in healthcare settings. When these elements are present and practiced consistently, the risk of infection among patients and healthcare personnel is reduced....

What’s on the GPQIN Calendar?

What’s on the GPQIN Calendar?

The Great Plains QIN offers several educational opportunities for healthcare partners. The topics are diverse; there is something for everyone! Check out the Great Plains QIN calendar for upcoming webinar’s and conferences.

Opioid Overuse-Related Hospital Stays Rise in Medicare Population

Opioid Overuse-Related Hospital Stays Rise in Medicare Population

While the opioid epidemic has taken its greatest toll on younger people, a study by the U.S. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project shows that the epidemic has increasingly affected the elderly Medicare population as well. This study found that Medicare beneficiaries...

CDC Influenza and Antiviral Treatment Advisory

CDC Influenza and Antiviral Treatment Advisory

  Based on the December 2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Alert Network, influenza activity has increased significantly with influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominating so far this season. Now, more than ever, it is very important to vaccinate...

A Community Hospital Committed to Filling Health Services Gaps

A Community Hospital Committed to Filling Health Services Gaps

  Changing reimbursement models are expanding hospital care beyond the treatment and recovery of individuals, to include a focus on overall population health. Hospitals are being incented to keep community members healthy. Read more about Chadron Community Hospital...

Upcoming Events

Jun 7 @ 8:00 am – 4:40 pm Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center - LaVista
  Submit a Presentation   Great Plains Quality Innovation Network – Nebraska seeks your participation during the 15th annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum. The key to healthcare success is for individuals and organizations within a community to[...]
Mar 7 @ 8:30 am – 3:45 pm Younes Conference Center
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m. CT Younes Conference Center, Kearney, NE Register Now   Attend this free event to learn more about the ever-changing landscape of the healthcare environment; we will[...]
Feb 20 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Register Now One of the multitude of contributing factors to the opioid epidemic is highly variable pain treatment practices between healthcare providers. Efforts are being made nationally and at organizational levels to provide more consistent[...]
Feb 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  Presentation Overview Join this exciting webinar, where nursing home leaders share strategies to boost staff empowerment, increase ownership and accountability, engage staff in quality improvement and promote retention of quality staff. Discover how staff[...]
Feb 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx Virtual Training
Register Now   All Quality Payment Program (QPP) practices and providers, participating in the MIPS program, are invited to join our Office Hour call. Office Hours is an open discussion format for participants to seek[...]
Feb 6 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Register Now One of the multitude of contributing factors to the opioid epidemic is highly variable pain treatment practices between healthcare providers. Efforts are being made nationally and at organizational levels to provide more consistent[...]
Jan 30 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx Virtual Training
Register Now   Join staff from Great Plains Quality Innovation Network as we host our Community Antibiotic Stewardship Hot Topic: Urinary Tract Infections in Post-Acute Patients and Long-Term Care Residents. During this call, there will[...]
Jan 29 @ 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Register Now Nonpharmacologic therapies have become a vital part of managing chronic pain. This webinar will focus on the non-pharmacologic options available including mindfulness and meditation, yoga and exercise, anti-inflammatory foods, emotional triggers, sleep and[...]
Jan 25 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now Join experts from the American Medical Association (AMA) to learn how AMA’s extensive, evidence-based resources can lead to better health, better care and lower costs. The AMA has put together 50 free online[...]
Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm WebEx
Sepsis Matters!! Early Recognition and Management for Nursing Home and Home Health Providers  This event will provide knowledge on why early recognition and management of sepsis are important and how to accomplish it. Presenter: Teresa[...]
Jan 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  Register Now By attending this WebEx, participants will improve their knowledge of the components of an infection prevention program, including but not limited to risk assessment, surveillance, data collection and reporting in the home[...]
Jan 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm WebEx Virtual Training
Register Now   All Quality Payment Program (QPP) practices and providers, participating in the MIPS program, are invited to join our Office Hour call. Office Hours is an open discussion format for participants to seek[...]