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How to Improve Health Quality when Patients Don't Seem to Listen

Posted by Cate Nagus on May 29, 2017 3:47:00 PM

Patient engagement with motivational interviewing is key to behavioral health

Are you often frustrated after advising your patients to make changes—only to find they don’t follow through?

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Topics: Patient Education, self-management, behavioral health

Primaris Helps Nursing Homes with QAPI Implementation

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

With a November deadline set for nursing homes to have a written QAPI plan in place, there is no better time than the present to begin thinking about how your organization will design and execute its QAPI program. If you think your facility will require outside support in order to develop and carry out a successful QAPI plan, then you want to start looking (pronto) at your options for external QAPI services. 

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI, performance improvement, quality assurance

Resources to Know for Registry Abstraction Success

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 23, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Richard_Royer_small.jpgOur CEO Richard Royer's article, "Resources to Know for Registry Abstraction Success," featured last week in Healthcare Business Today, discusses the growing importance of registries and how your team can stay up-to-date on guidelines and reporting requirements. 

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Topics: Registry abstraction

'Get with the Guidelines-CAD' Relaunches--What is the impact for hospitals participating in 'Mission: Lifeline'?

Posted by Stefanie Honeycutt on May 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

There are new options for hospitals when it comes to improving quality of care for patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI). In 2007, the American Heart Association (AHA) launched Mission: Lifeline, a system of care that coordinates EMS, referring hospitals (non-PCI) and receiving hospital (PCI-capable) using best practices for patients with both STEMI and non-STEMI heart attacks and provides recognition for this care.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, cathPCI, NCDR

How to Manage the Burden of Quality Reporting

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When you think about the word “quality” in relation to healthcare, what comes to mind? Maybe the word conjures up thoughts of satisfied patients, safety, person-centered care, care coordination, modern facilities, improved health outcomes, or something else. Although quality means different things to different people, the majority of healthcare professionals agree that quality needs to be a top area of focus. And yet, chances are good that if asked what comes to mind immediately after hearing the term “quality reporting” a lot of responses from providers would not be so positive. To be clear, it is not that quality reporting is seen as unimportant, but rather that it is overwhelming for many healthcare teams.  

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Topics: Quality Reporting

May is The Month to Focus on You & Your Blood Pressure

Posted by Mary Ann Kimbel, RN, BAM on May 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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This May, we at Primaris are joining the American Heart Association (AHA) in recognizing National High Blood Pressure Education Month to help you prevent the "domino effect" that high blood pressure can have on your health. 

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10 Simple and Effective QAPI Planning Tips

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When done right, QAPI involves systemic change at every level across a nursing home facility. Change of this magnitude requires a lot of time for planning, training staff, evaluating progress and so on. Because it is such a big undertaking, and most teams are learning as they go, every nursing home should expect to face challenges as they create their plan and implement a QAPI program. Below are ten simple and effective steps that should make building your QAPI program a bit easier.

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI, performance improvement, quality assurance

Hospitals, The Healing Heart of Healthcare

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 9, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A hospital is more than a place where people go to heal, it is a part of a community that fosters health and represents hope. Join us this week as we celebrate all the dedicated individuals—physicians, nurses, therapists, engineers, food service workers, administrators and so many more—for their contributions.

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Topics: hospitals

2017 is the year of the healthy nurse

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Join us as we celebrate all of the amazing nurses and the impact you have on patients and the delivery of quality healthcare during National Nurses Week—taking place this week. The American Nursing Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the "year of the healthy nurse" and invites us to celebrate those that lead the charge for health and wellness. This year's theme for National Nurses Week is, "Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body and Spirit." 

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Topics: nurses

What Providers Should Know About Using Registries For Chronic Disease Management

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Spending on chronic disease accounts for 86% of the healthcare costs in the U.S. As providers work to minimize the financial strain of chronic disease by helping patients better manage and prevent illnesses, many are turning to patient registries for support. Registries empower providers (and patients) by bringing chronic disease into focus with insights drawn from real-world patient outcomes. The clarity delivered by registries enables providers to make care more targeted, eliminate ineffective processes, improve efficiency, and reduce chronic care costs. Of course, the promise of registries hinges on one thing – the availability and use of high-quality, reliable data.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, chronic disease management

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