louisiana NEWS

March 28 is American Diabetes Alert Day and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, healthcare providers and community organizations in Louisiana to raise awareness, share information about how to lower risk factors for getting diabetes, and help those who have diabetes learn to best manage their condition for a healthier life.

The submission deadline for hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program to enter Quarter 1 (Q1) 2016 Perinatal Care Elective Delivery Measure (PC-01) data is Friday, August 26, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. PT. However, due to recent flooding in parts of Louisiana, those hospitals that were affected by the natural disaster can apply for an extension of this deadline.

Did you know that people who have diabetes—both type 1 and type 2—feel the heat more than people who don't have diabetes?

Certain diabetes complications, such as damage to blood vessels and nerves, can affect your sweat glands so your body can't cool as effectively. That can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which is a medical emergency.

Quality Insights recently launched a new project in Louisiana aimed at reducing healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) in long-term acute care hospitals (LTACH). Participating LTACHs will employ best practices and increase patient education to reduce the incidence of five types of HAIs.

November is American Diabetes Month and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with patients, health care providers and stakeholders to prevent and reduce the incidence of diabetes in Louisiana.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana rewarded 14 area doctors for their top performance for patient care in the Quality Blue Primary Care program. These local doctors achieved health quality scores in the top 10th percentile for patients with one of the program’s four targeted conditions: diabetes, hypertension, vascular disease, and chronic kidney disease.

Network will collaborate to reduce hospital infections and improve care for heart failure patients in Delaware, Louisiana and West Virginia.

The 2015 Rural Health Awards were presented on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the LRHA Annual Conference at the L’auberge Baton Rouge Hotel during a special awards luncheon.


AHRQ’s annual State Snapshots provide easy-to-read charts on the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for improvement in each state and the District of Columbia.

With the goal of improving care transitions, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, in partnership with the Louisiana Hospital Association and eQHealth, invites you to attend a statewide care transitions summit on April 9, 2015 in Metairie, Louisiana. The event will focus promising practices for creating more-effective transitions in care for Medicaid recipients.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revised its Five Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes to give families more precise and meaningful information about quality when they consider facilities for themselves or a loved one.

Progress Being Made in Infection Control in U.S. Hospitals; Continued Improvements Needed

CDC report, released Jan. 14, 2015, provides first snapshot of state efforts to prevent MRSA and deadly diarrheal infections


In an article written by David J. Holcombe, M.D. in Cenla Focus, the abuse of opioids (narcotic pain relievers) in the U.S., and the ever growing number of opioid-related deaths in Louisiana, are highlighted.

Visit the online dashboard to view Louisiana's progress on the Million Hearts® ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation).

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced two initiatives to improve the quality of post-acute care. First, the expansion and strengthening of the agency’s widely-used Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes will improve consumer information about individual nursing homes’ quality. Second, proposed new conditions of participation for home health agencies will modernize Medicare’s Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation to ensure safe delivery of quality care to home health patients.

eQHealth Solutions will continue working with providers and Louisiana communities to improve healthcare quality as part of Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network, a new Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) chartered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The new network comprises five states – Delaware, Louisiana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia – and became effective on August 1, 2014.