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Tobacco Use: VA Policies, QUIT Assistance and Vaping Related Illness

Tobacco Use: VA Policies, QUIT Assistance and Vaping Related Illness

Veterans Affairs (VA) is implementing two new policies eliminating smoking on the grounds of healthcare facilities by patients, visitors, volunteers, contractors, vendors and employees. The policy applies to cigarettes, cigars, pipes (including electronic and...

Deaths Caused by Heart-Related Conditions Rising in the United States

Deaths Caused by Heart-Related Conditions Rising in the United States

Medical News Today recently reported that the total deaths in the United States for cardiometabolic disease, which includes heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure, have been rising since 2011, according to a study published in JAMA. Researchers said...

Patient Safety and Engagement

Patient Safety and Engagement

Originally published in the South Dakota Medicine Journal August 2019 issue. Stephan Schroeder, MD, CMD, CMQ Medical Director, South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care Health care is a complex, adaptive system where people, processes and technology intersect in a work...

The Quality Improvement Organization Program – The Next Chapter

The Quality Improvement Organization Program – The Next Chapter

The message below was sent to all Great Plains Quality Innovation Network LAN Partners on Monday, July 5. Passing along again in case you missed it. The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) is entering a transition phase as the Centers for Medicare &...

June 6th is “What Matters to You? #WMTY19

June 6th is “What Matters to You? #WMTY19

June 6th is “What Matters to You?” Day Inspired by the question posed in a 2012 New England Journal of Medicine article by Dr. Michael Barry and Susan Edgman-Levitan, 'What Matters to You' is a day for medical professions to build relationships with patients and staff...

Patients Can Take Charge of Their Blood Pressure through Self Monitoring

Patients Can Take Charge of Their Blood Pressure through Self Monitoring

Nearly half of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and of these, almost half (45.6%) are not controlled. High blood pressure contributes to major health conditions such as heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, diabetes and other health...

Moderating Lifestyle to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

Moderating Lifestyle to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk

When speaking with your patients about how to decrease their risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease, lifestyle changes are an important aspect but can be difficult to tackle. One place to start is the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7: encouraging...

Stroke and the Importance of Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement

Stroke and the Importance of Accurate Blood Pressure Measurement

The number of Americans at risk for heart attacks and strokes just got a lot higher. An estimated 103 million U.S. adults have high blood pressure, according to new statistics from the American Heart Association. That’s nearly half of all adults in the United States....

One Minute I Could Talk; The Next, I Could Not

One Minute I Could Talk; The Next, I Could Not

About 103 million adults in the United States have high blood pressure. Nearly half of those people don’t have their blood pressure controlled. High blood pressure causes the heart to pump harder to move blood through the body which can weaken blood vessels and damage...

You Can Laugh or You Can Cry

You Can Laugh or You Can Cry

Five days after Jan celebrated her 65th birthday, her life was changed forever. She had just gotten home from having dinner with friends.  While she was changing clothes she suddenly fell.  Thankfully, she landed on her bed avoiding any major injury.  She felt like...