West virginia NEWS

The American Cancer Society and the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable are joining efforts to host a free webinar on Tuesday, March 28 at noon. The webinar will focus on a best practices handbook to help increase colorectal cancer screening rates among health plan members.

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 West Virginia 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 West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources (WVDHHR) Bureau for Public Health has issued a health advisory for influenza associated school outbreaks. 

Quality Insights' Quality Innovation Network is set to participate as an exhibitor at the upcoming L. Clark Hansbarger Geriatrics Lectures Series on February 22. 

February is American Heart Month, which is a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle and make small changes that can lead to a lifetime of heart health. Quality Insights can provide resources and tools to help care for your heart health. 

The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services has announced a grant opportunity for groups interested in improving the quality of care and increasing access to comprehensive, disease-appropriate services for individuals with Alzheimer's  or a related dementia and family caregivers in pilot communities across the state. 

Many American communities lack environments that could support healthy diets and regular physical activity. Healthy dietary and physical activity practices can lower the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some cancers.

A recent news article from Franklin, Tennessee-based daily online newspaper, Spring Hill Home Page, identified West Virginia as one of two states in the nation with the highest incidence rate of diabetes, with more than 16 percent of residents reporting that they have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin recently announced that the state has developed a plan that adheres to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain.

November is American Diabetes Month and Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is working with community partners and health care providers to improve health outcomes and quality of life among people with diabetes in West Virginia.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network assisted in convening a collaborative of healthcare organizations in West Virginia for the inaugural WV Continuum of Care Symposium on August 23 and 24, 2016.

Breast cancer is a dangerous disease, with approximately 1,300 women expected to be diagnosed in West Virginia in 2016. Although mortality rates are decreasing, an estimated 300 West Virginia women will still die from the disease this year. As the fight against breast cancer continues, West Virginia communities are coming together to spread the word about prevention and early detection.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new data showing that West Virginia, among other states, has reduced its avoidable hospital readmission rates since 2010. The improvement follows the implementation of various CMS programs and initiatives to improve the quality of care, chief among them the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

September is Healthy Aging Month

Over the last few years there have been a notable amount of reports of diabetes ketoacidosis (DKA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involving  a popular new class of type 2 diabetes drugs- the sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors.

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?

Quality Insights will be particpating in the Inaugural WV Continuum of Care Symposium: Improving Quality of Care and Bridging the Gap on August 23-24, 2016 at the Marriott Town Center in Charleston, West Virginia. 

In watching coverage of the recent flooding in West Virginia, you’ve probably heard discussion of tetanus vaccines and other health concerns. It’s a sobering reminder that we all should be up-to-date on needed vaccines.

The Alzheimer's Association - WV Chapter will host a series of Alzheimer's and Dementia Universities throughout West Virginia in July and August. 

The latest program progress report recently released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) highlights how Quality Innovation Network-QIOs (QIN-QIOs) nationwide are bringing together local providers, partners and other stakeholders to achieve bold goals in healthcare quality improvement.

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