Chronic Conditions

About Chronic Conditions

 

COVID and Chronic Conditions
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According to the Centers for Disease Control, people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Hospitalizations were six times higher and deaths were 12 times higher for COVID-19 patients with reported underlying conditions. In a National Kidney Foundation-Harris Poll survey, it was found that some COVID patients now have an acute kidney injury as well as experience long-term \ kidney damage as a result of COVID-19.

In addition to providing quality improvement guidance and resources to community coalitions, nursing homes, providers and beneficiaries, Alliant Quality hosts Learning and Action Networking (LAN) opportunities while facilitating, identifying and coordinating affinity groups around share topics.

For more information or assistance with developing a quality improvement project around identification, education and treatment of those with specific chronic conditions, contact Libby Massiah, Alliant Quality AIM Lead for Chronic Conditions at Elizabeth.massiah@alliantquality.org.

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More than 859,000 Americans die of heart disease, stroke, or other cardiovascular diseases every year—that’s one-third of all US deaths. These diseases also take an economic toll, costing $213.8 billion a year to our health care system and causing $137.4 billion in lost productivity from premature death alone.

CDC supports programs that help millions of Americans control their high blood pressure and reduce other risk factors. These efforts have helped lower death rates from heart disease and stroke, which are the first and fifth leading causes of death in the United States.