Care Transitions Tools for Patients and Families

Care Transitions Tools for Patients and Families

As a patient or family caregiver, there are several steps you can take to help you be a more informed and effective member of the care team during the transition back home after hospitalization. By knowing what to expect, you may be able to avoid healthcare...

Pain Management Best Practices During COVID-19

Pain Management Best Practices During COVID-19

Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions found by health professionals in the elderly and is associated with substantial impairment of reduced mobility, avoidance of activities, depression, sleep impairment and isolation.  Pain is one of the most common...

What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know

What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know

Each year, millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental health condition. However, mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Despite mental illnesses’ reach and prevalence, stigma and...

Influenza Vaccination Data Reporting for Long-Term Care Facilities

Influenza Vaccination Data Reporting for Long-Term Care Facilities

Flu season is here and that means we all need to take the necessary precautions to make sure we stay healthy. The National Healthcare Safety Network offers two new features for long-term care facilities to track weekly influenza vaccination data beginning with the...

Fall Risk Assessment Slipping Through the Cracks

Fall Risk Assessment Slipping Through the Cracks

As the temperatures drop, the risk of a fall increases. Slippery driveways, cluttered entries and lack of handrails are just a few of the home hazards contributing to fall-related injuries and even death for older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control...

Huddle Recording Available: Medication DePrescribing in Older Adults

Huddle Recording Available: Medication DePrescribing in Older Adults

Access to geriatric care improves the quality of life for patients and residents in our communities. Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is partnering with the University of North Dakota to improve access to care for patients with complex conditions in rural and...

Mental Health Symptom Reporting Triples as COVID-19 Persists

Mental Health Symptom Reporting Triples as COVID-19 Persists

Those with symptoms of COVID-19 may receive a nasal or throat swab test to confirm a diagnosis. For the growing number of Americans reporting symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders, diagnosis is a far more complex process. According to a recent study from the...

Nursing Home COVID-19 Training – Three Ways!

Nursing Home COVID-19 Training – Three Ways!

For maximum flexibility, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now offers three online, self-paced options for COVID-19 infection control training for nursing homes. While completion of any of these trainings is no longer tied to Coronavirus Aid,...