News and Announcements

January 29, 2021

Leadership Lesson: COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance

This month’s leadership lesson is from Pauline Kinney, RN, MA, LNHA, Senior Director of Healthcare Quality Improvement. As a leader in health care charged with keeping residents and staff safe, COVID-19 has brought many challenges. Although the rapid development of the COVID-19 vaccine is a positive development, it’s important to consider how to best operationalize […]

January 28, 2021

AHS Podcast Episode 20: A Patient’s Story: How A Chronic Condition Led to Chronic Kidney Disease and How He Overcame It

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Disease, more than 37 million American adults may have chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney disease means your kidneys are damaged and can’t filter blood the way they should. The disease is called “chronic” because the damage to your kidneys happens slowly over a long period of […]

January 14, 2021

AHS Podcast Episode 19: How ESRD Network 8 Promotes Positive Change for Kidney Patients

End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network 8, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in Jackson, Mississippi, and providing services on behalf of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to kidney patients and their providers since 1988. The Network merged with the Alliant family of companies in 2012, and maintains a partnership with ESRD […]

January 4, 2021

Leadership Lesson: Lessons from 2020 and Looking Toward the New Year for Success

This month’s leadership lesson is from Jeana Partington, MS, BSN, RN, CPHQ, CPPS, Program Director at Alliant Quality, the quality improvement group of Alliant Health Solutions, the QIN-QIO for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee. For many of us, 2020 was a year like none other. We lost many of our favorite […]

December 31, 2020

AHS Podcast Episode 18 – The Top 5 Things Providers Can Do to Improve Behavioral Health Services to Youth in Foster Care

In 2019, there were 423,997 children in foster care, with the average age of the child being 8 years old.  Although they make up only 3% of the Medicaid population under age 18, children in foster care account for 32% of the recipients of behavioral health care services in this age group and it is […]

December 17, 2020

AHS Podcast Episode 17 – Benefits and Challenges of Using Telemedicine for Behavioral Health Services

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, there has been a 2600% increase in use of telemedicine, resulting in 34.5 million visits. According to a technical brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there is sufficient evidence to support the effectiveness of telehealth for specific uses with some types of patients, including psychotherapy and other […]

December 14, 2020

2020 Year-End Video

We know 2020 has been a challenging year, and there’s still a lot of work ahead. But 2020 has also shown us that when we work together, we can make health care better! Take a look at our year-end recap video and some of the ways we can collaborate to improve care.

December 7, 2020

Leadership Lesson: Finding Grace & Peace in Troubled Times, Taking Care of Yourself & Caring for Others

This month’s leadership lesson is from JoVonn Givens, MPH, Task Order Director at Alliant Quality, the quality improvement group of Alliant Health Solutions, the QIN-QIO for Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, and Tennessee. I’ve been thinking a lot about my friends and colleagues working tirelessly during this pandemic to safely care for residents […]

December 3, 2020

AHS Podcast Episode 16 – Benefits of Home Dialysis Treatment

The End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Network 8 in Mississippi has over 13% of patients on a home dialysis plan, which is above the national average. Due to their high home dialysis rates locally and nationally, their home dialysis nurses participated in a webinar to educate other facilities about strategies for increasing home dialysis and […]