West virginia NEWS

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program and its Diagnostic and Treatment Fund encourage all West Virginians to learn more about taking an active role in their health. The program has developed a variety of resources to learn more.  

More than 1,900 providers and 300 community partners are collaborating for better health, better care and lower costs through Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network.

The overall quality and safety of health care are improving. But which states are showing the most improvement in which areas of care? 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.

One Medicate beneficiary credits the use of a popular tool used by the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program in West Virginia for helping to save his life. The story was recently featured in QIO News.

Eleven long term care facilities in West Virginia have been named as Bronze National Quality Award winners by the American Health Care Association (AHCA). Six out of the eleven are working in partnership with Quality Insights as part of the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative I (NNHQCC).

This summer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will mark the 50th anniversary of legislation that established the national Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Last week, the CARE Act went into effect in West Virginia. The CARE Act was passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support by the West Virginia legislature earlier this year. Hospitals now must record the name of family caregivers on the medical record of a loved one, inform family caregivers when their loved one is to be discharged, and provide education and instruction of medical tasks to be performed at home.

Published by The Dominion Post - The West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services State Health Insurance Assistance Program (WV SHIP) is expanding its services through the development of a new initiative using statewide volunteer positions.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently released a report about the quality of health care in the United States; and disparities in care by different socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic groups.

The first episode of Caregiver Coffee Break will air on Suddenlink channel 17 (Charleston area) at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. The show can also be accessed through the Library Television Network online or any public library in West Virginia.

Roane County Family Health Care, located in central West Virginia is using outcome measures to achieve hypertension goals.  The facility was recently featured in a story in MedPage Today.

March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is urging all Americans to give their kidneys a second thought and a well-deserved checkup.

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

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (WVBCCSP), a program dedicated to helping low-income, uninsured, or underinsured women receive free or low-cost Pap tests, encourages women to schedule their Pap test during January or to talk with their health care provider about when it is right for them to be screened.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network’s Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program is partnering with Logan Regional Medical Center (LRMC) to provide free diabetes education in Logan County and surrounding areas. 

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is December 7-13. This national health observance was established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination through the holiday season and beyond.

The Alzheimer's Association - West Virgina Chapter- in partnership with the West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services and Kanawha Valley Senior Services is coordinating a candlelight ceremony on November 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Capitol.

Quality Insights Quality Innovation Network is celebrating World Diabetes Day on November 14, 2014 by partnering with Carver Career and Technical Center to provide free diabetes education classes for the community. Quality Insights is also receiving a proclamation from the office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin acknowledging Diabetes Awareness Day in West Virginia.

Visit the online Clinical Quality Measures Dashboard to view West Virginia's progress on the Million Hearts® ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation).

Diabetes is one of the top public health threats in the U.S. today, impacting nearly 30 million children and adults with the disease and 86 million who have pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Multiple health organizations are encouraging individuals and health care providers to raise awareness and learn more about diabetes throughout the month of November.

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