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JAMA Study Shows Marked Decrease in Hospital Readmissions in Texas Community, Associated with Efforts by TMF Health Quality Institute

Health for Life - Everyone with Diabetes CountsEarl Campbell discusses the Health for Life initiative and the importance of diabetes self-management education (DSME) classes at a press conference in Austin, Texas. View and listen to the news coverage from this event:
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Quality Care Finder provides consumers with comparison information on hospitals, nursing homes, Medicare plans and more.

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TMF Wins Contract to Improve Medicare Patient Care

TMF Health Quality Institute has secured the five-year Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for Texas, Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The new contract begins Aug. 1, 2014. On this date, TMF will launch a new website (www.TMFQIN.org) that will support the new contract goals and initiatives. All account users on this website will be rolled over to the new website. All users will receive an email with more information about this transition. Read more about TMF’s new contract in this news release.

Promoting High Quality Health Care

TMF Health Quality Institute is working to accomplish better care, better health for people and communities and more affordable care through quality improvement.

Don't miss this momentous opportunity to improve health care quality and patient safety in Texas. Join TMF and your fellow health care providers, patients and community stakeholders in taking a stand for quality. Participation in our new projects gives you access to resources such as peer discussion groups, assistance with interventions and exclusive learning sessions to equip you with the tools you need to improve health care quality in your community.

As the Quality Improvement Organization for Texas under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, TMF is engaging providers and stakeholders in Learning and Action Networks focused on various improvement initiatives. These networks serve as information hubs for learning, collaborating and elevating the voice of the patient during the current 3-year QIO contract, which began August 1, 2011.

Read more about our networks and how you can get involved.

This website focuses on TMF’s work to improve the quality of health care in Texas under the current QIO contract. Please visit http://www.tmf.org/ for information on TMF’s additional projects and contracts.

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Gardasil® HPV Vaccine Voluntary Recall
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Merck has implemented a voluntary recall of one lot (lot J007354) of Gardasil® [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant], due to the potential for a small number of vials to contain glass particles as a result of breakage during the manufacturing process.

CDC Update on Meningitis Outbreak
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing ongoing information on the Multistate Meningitis Outbreak.

New Web Resource for Long-Term and Post-Acute Providers
The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT) has created a new webpage with information and resources for long-term and post-acute (LTPAC) providers

New FDA Patient Network Website
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled a new patient website. Patients can visit the website to learn more about newly approved drugs, drug trials and much more. View this YouTube video to learn more.

Chronic Conditions Dashboard
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched an interactive online dashboard that gives researchers the ability to find and examine data on Medicare beneficiaries with more than one chronic condition.

Batz Guide App for Patients & Their Families
The Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation has created the Batz Guide App with the hope to better equip and educate families to make them stronger advocates of their own care during their hospital stay. The intention of this App is to provide a tool for families, medical staff and patients that helps them to monitor care in real time.

CRE Toolkit - Guidance for Control of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CRE Toolkit provides more information on CRE prevention and treatment guidelines, including step-by-step instructions for facilities treating patients with CRE infections and instructions for facilities that have not yet had patients with this type of infection.

CDC reports on Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides more information regarding the critical situation of bloodstream infections arising from the bacteria, carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), and other drug-resistant health threats.

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