DHS Announces $6.7 Million in Nursing Home Investments and Improvements
On March 10, 2020 by Jodi Boyne
More than 100 nursing homes across Minnesota, including several LeadingAge Minnesota members, have begun kicking off 36 projects to promote better care and quality of life for their residents. The Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) projects, funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), range from efforts to improve mental health and social connections to reducing falls and infections.
At $6.7 million per year, PIPP provides up to 5% in additional operating payments to nursing homes throughout the state. PIPP lets nursing homes dedicate resources to quality improvement and requires them to meet specific goals related to care, resident quality of life, workforce and other issues.
“Collectively, these projects make a big difference and improve the lives of thousands of nursing home residents,” said DHS Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “We’ve seen ground-breaking improvements in areas like resident sleep quality and falls prevention. Nursing facility staff are invested in making improvements and excited about sharing successes with their peers.”
Since 2006, the program has funded more than 300 projects and 80% of Minnesota nursing homes have participated.
To see the organizations and projected being funded, read DHS Awards PIPP Funding.