West virginia NEWS

Quality Insights has partnered with Putnam Aging to coordinate flu clinics in several West Virginia locations during the month of October. 

Quality Insights has partnered with HospiceCare to coordinate a series of educational sessions for patients and families with chronic, life-limiting illnesses. The series, called “Caregiver Coffee Break,” is a 30-minute broadcast that airs monthly on the West Virginia Library Commission’s television network. 

At the end of August, the small town of Clendenin and surrounding communities like Elkview will be the subject of an intensive study into residents’ preferences, habits, and challenges when it comes to shopping and eating healthy. In partnership with A Healthy Clendenin, the Kanawha Diabetes Coalition (KDC) will hold focus groups, inventory healthy food opportunities at a range of local markets, and survey shoppers and pedestrians. 

The Hospice Council of West Virginia (HCWV) is promoting National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16 to increase awareness about the importance of advance care planning. National Healthcare Decisions Day is a collaborative effort of national, state and community organizations to ensure that people talk about and document their future healthcare decisions. One of the most important things everyone can do is to select someone who knows their values and wishes if they cannot speak for themselves. Having a Medical Power of Attorney who knows your wishes can prevent your family from having to guess and agonize over the difficult decisions that sometimes have to be made in a crisis.

Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. This leads to dangerous and often tragic situations. To combat this public health and safety issue, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) created National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

March 27 is American Diabetes Association (ADA) 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 Journal of Health Promotion and Maintenance recently published a study of the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program as it relates to hospital use in West Virginia. The study analyzed the impact of EDC on people with Medicare living in rural counties in West Virginia between February 1, 2013, and June 30, 2014. Results indicated that those who completed the program had 29 percent fewer hospitalizations than those who had not completed the program. This resulted in an estimated savings of $35,900 per 100 program completers in West Virginia.

Susan Sims, Project Coordinator for the Everyone with Diabetes Counts (EDC) program in West Virginia recently sat down with Carol Matheny of Kanawha Hospice Care for Caregiver Coffee Break

Quality Insights has received funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to help emergency medical service (EMS) providers offer expanded care to people with Medicare who live in West Virginia. The goal of this collaboration is to lessen unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency department visits while enhancing access to quality care for the state’s most vulnerable and rural residents.

November is National 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 its five-state network. The theme for this year includes a focus on the connection between kidney health and diabetes. 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program encourages 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.  

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.

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