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New Medicare Part D Opioid Policies Effective January 2019

New Medicare Part D Opioid Policies Effective January 2019

As one of the largest payers of healthcare services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plays a central role in addressing the opioid epidemic. CMS is focusing on three key areas—prevention, treatment and data. To target these key areas, CMS is...

Nebraska Hospital Association Releases New Opioid Toolkit

Nebraska Hospital Association Releases New Opioid Toolkit

According to the CDC, the amount of opioids prescribed and sold since 1999 has nearly quadrupled, yet there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain Americans report. We have a genuine and devastating epidemic of opiate abuse in this country, and it is of...

Opioid Crisis: From Treatment Option to Public Health Emergency

Opioid Crisis: From Treatment Option to Public Health Emergency

Epidemic is typically used to describe the widespread impact of an infectious disease instead of a medication treatment option. While pharmaceutical companies reassured providers, the growing number of opioid prescriptions was quietly converting patients into addicts....

Care Coordination and Medication Safety Resources Refreshed

Care Coordination and Medication Safety Resources Refreshed

    Care coordination and medication safety continue to be highly discussed topics across communities and the healthcare continuum. For the past 4+ years, the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) has brought communities together throughout the...

Be Antibiotics Aware: Everyone Has a Role to Play

Be Antibiotics Aware: Everyone Has a Role to Play

  Monday, November 12 kicks-off U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week (USAAW) As you prepare for the week, we encourage you to check out CDC’s Be Antibiotics Aware partner toolkit, which contains key messages, social media content, graphics and more.   Below are some...

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Submit Presentation Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (QIN) – Nebraska is pleased to announce its Call for Presentations for the 16th annual Nebraska Healthcare Quality Forum. Do you have valuable healthcare knowledge that could help your peers navigate the[...]
Apr 9 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Northeast Community College; Norfolk, Nebraska
          How are immunizations, antibiotic use and sepsis related? How can an increased knowledge impact your organization’s practices? How will a better understanding improve the lives of your patients? Want to learn more?[...]
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  Join national sepsis expert and champion, Dr. Steven Q. Simpson as he facilitates learning and discussion on the critical role of EMS in the early recognition and management of septic patients through the use[...]
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Thursday, March 21, 2019 Mid-Plains Community College North Platte, Nebraska Thursday, March 28, 2019 Holthus Convention Center York, Nebraska Want to see how others have implemented quality concepts into best practices for patient centered care?[...]
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Register Now Improving the Patient Experience Learning and Action Network Series Healthcare is personal. Any individual in need of healthcare services becomes vulnerable. The level of comfort and confidence relayed by healthcare professionals at every[...]
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Register Now Emergency medical services personnel care for a substantial and increasing number of patients with sepsis. Rapid diagnosis and intervention for severe sepsis and septic shock is critical for appropriate treatment. This webinar will[...]
Jan 29 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Empowering nurses to participate in antimicrobial stewardship programs is the missing link in strengthening antimicrobial stewardship and improving patient care.  It has been found that nurses are generally not comfortable with microbiology reports.  Join us[...]
Jan 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Register Now CMS recently published the final rule that provides updates to the 2019 Quality Payment Program (QPP), which includes the Medicare Incentive-based Payment Program (MIPS) and Advanced Payment Models. Policy changes include expanding the[...]