Impact of Music & Memory Spans a Decade

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For the past ten years, Music & Memory has been using personalized music to help individuals with a wide range of cognitive and physical conditions to engage with the world, ease pain, and reclaim their humanity. 

As the national program continues to promote the power of music, they recognized the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) Music & Memory staff for implementing the program in 57 facilities across the state. 

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Thriving and Surviving Cancer Program to Expand in Western South Dakota

The South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC) was recently awarded a South Dakota Department of Health Cancer Coalition grant focusing on the Better Choices, Better Health® (BCBH) SD Cancer: Thriving & Surviving program. 

The program will serve those with a cancer diagnosis and their caregivers residing in the designated 13-county target area of western South Dakota from January 1 through December 31, 2020.  Participants will learn ways to improve quality of life and cope with the effects of cancer treatment through tools and resources shared over a six-week course.  

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CMS Announces Quality Award

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On November, 8, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a five-year contract to Great Plains Quality Innovation Network to serve as a Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) under the recently launched 12th Statement of Work.

 QIN-QIOs serving under the 12th Statement of Work will provide targeted assistance to nursing homes and communities in small and rural areas, those serving the most vulnerable populations and those in need of customized quality improvement. Through this body of work, CMS is focusing on results, protecting taxpayer dollars, and most importantly, ensuring the safety and quality of care delivered to every beneficiary.

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