Immunizations are critically important in protecting older adults against serious and sometimes deadly diseases, such as the influenza virus or shingles. Yet, Kaiser Health News reported in 2015 that three out of four Americans older than 60 do not get the shingles vaccine, and one in three skip the influenza vaccine.
The foot pain caused by peripheral diabetic neuropathy can be unbearable for people with diabetes and can lower their quality of life. Here are tips for beneficiaries on how to prevent and manage the most common form of diabetic neuropathy.
HealthInsight—the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) serving Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon and Utah—is collaborating with pharmacy chains in its four-state region to boost vaccination rates among older adults.
Learn how the New England Quality Innovation Network (QIN)-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont—partnered with a local Spanish-language public radio station to encourage immunizations and improve population health.
A new toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers best practices and lessons learned from a three-year project to help nursing homes reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Associate Director of Adult Immunizations, Carolyn Bridges, MD, discusses the importance of open dialogue between patients and providers around vaccinations for the entire family.
Men over 75 years old have the highest suicide rate in the nation. Learn about critical services provided by Medicare to help older men address the mental health and substance use challenges that are fueling the crisis.
The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is working to reduce the number of new colon cancer cases and avoidable deaths nationwide by getting 80 percent of patients screened by 2018 in Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
Susan Fleck, RN, MMHS and subject matter expert (SME) for the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), provides an update on how the program is going.
Learn how the QIN-QIO for Colorado, Illinois and Iowa is working with community partners to fight health disparities and raise immunization rates by providing vaccine education and administration in select Chicago communities.
Shiree Southerland, CMS Subject Matter Expert for the QIO Program’s adult immunization work, shares an inside look at the expanding scope of QIN-QIOs’ immunization-related activities and their goal to increase vaccination rates for Medicare beneficiaries.
Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation’s interactive and social program – enhanced with community partnerships – has engaged native populations in Hawaii, Alaska, and Wyoming in improving their cardiac health.