Blog / News

The Case for Care Transformation

May 18, 2020

Albert Einstein is credited with a pithy definition that insanity is: “Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” By that definition, the U.S. health care system has been on an “insane” path for too long. Our fee-for-service payment model has rewarded volume of services over high-quality, coordinated care for decades. […]

Read More

Ascend Learning Clinical Healthcare offers complimentary access to suite of innovative virtual training and simulated case study exercises

April 27, 2020

As higher education institutions continue to operate in the world of online learning, students in healthcare fields, like others, are being asked to sharpen professional skills and fulfill practice requirements in non-traditional ways. To facilitate healthcare professional and student success, Ascend Learning Clinical Healthcare is launching a suite of complimentary, evidence-based clinical training simulations developed […]

Read More

Ascend Learning Clinical Healthcare and QURE Healthcare form training development partnership and launch primary care physician modules designed to improve CDC safe opioid prescribing guideline compliance

December 19, 2019

Ascend Learning Clinical Healthcare and QURE Healthcare have formed a partnership to reduce unneeded clinical variation and help practicing physicians make more evidence-based clinical decisions for their patients. The first offering in this partnership, focused on primary care physicians, addresses the gap between Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and actual practice […]

Read More

Participating healthcare providers find Insight to Action™ training on CDC opioid prescribing guidelines enhances skills, effectively addresses professional education needs

December 10, 2019

LEAWOOD, Kan., Dec. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ascend Learning Clinical Healthcare today announced key findings from its recent Insight to Action™ healthcare provider training pilot addressing the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for safe opioid prescribing. The pilot, open to physicians and other providers around the country, was designed to assess their knowledge of the guidelines and […]

Read More

The cost of opioid overprescribing

October 14, 2019

As we see in the headlines nearly every day, the opioid crisis that has gripped our nation is still far from over. And, although we’ve made progress, we still have a long way to go. Those of us in hospital administration have, since the beginning of the opioid epidemic, viewed it through a multi-faceted lens. […]

Read More

Nursing’s critical role in addressing the opioid crisis

September 16, 2019

The opioid epidemic is a complex, multi-faceted crisis in America, requiring the attention and focused effort of all segments of the provider community — including nursing. Nursing’s role is a critical one, as recognized at the highest levels of nursing professional bodies. Nurses at all levels see the potential and real impact of opioid abuse […]

Read More

Physicians: Playing multiple roles in the fight against opioid abuse

August 28, 2019

As physicians today, we find ourselves in an increasingly complex healthcare environment, one that requires us to juggle multiple roles and responsibilities. We have our patient care first and foremost, but we’re also often called on to be people managers, business owners, medical educators and even compliance officers. That juxtaposition of roles is never more […]

Read More

Physician assistants on the front line in the opioid epidemic

July 24, 2019

The role of physician assistants (PAs) within the healthcare landscape has grown increasingly important over the past several years. As PAs, we increase access to affordable, quality care for those who might otherwise go without, care for patients in every specialty and setting, and we often serve as frontline healthcare providers. It only stands to […]

Read More

Caring for the smallest victims of the opioid epidemic

July 12, 2019

The opioid abuse crisis that’s afflicting our nation has been front and center in the news for several years now. At least one, and usually more stories every day tell of its devastation on lives, families and livelihoods. As a nurse in obstetrics, I see first-hand the impact of the opioid crisis that no news […]

Read More

Tough Talk: Initiating patient conversations about substance use disorder

June 25, 2019

As healthcare practitioners, we encounter substance use disorders (SUD) in the clinical setting on a daily basis – even though we may sometimes be unaware or even unable to adequately address the topic with our patients. We sometimes skirt the topic by asking the patient to “check a box” on a medical history form that […]

Read More