DHS Posts Resources, Announces Deadline for QIIP Projects

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has posted the instructions and goal sheet for the 2019 Quality Improvement Incentive Payment (QIIP) program. The deadline for care centers to submit their selected quality improvement topic is 11:59 pm on July 1.  

The QIIP program gives all Medical Assistance-certified nursing facilities in the state the opportunity to receive financial rewards for improving their quality of care or resident quality of life.

Care centers may select one Minnesota Nursing Home Report Card quality of care or quality of life measure to improve using their choice of intervention (s). DHS encourages care centers to choose a topic on which they are performing relatively poorly and where a relatively large number of their residents are affected. Care centers do not need to report their interventions to DHS. After one year, DHS calculates each facility’s QIIP payment of up to $3.50 per resident day based on their improvement compared to a baseline period. This cycle is repeated annually.

The baseline data for QIIP is taken from the Minnesota Quality Indicators ending Dec. 31, 2018 and the 2018 Quality of Life survey. DHS has posted the 2018 Risk-Adjusted Resident Quality of Life and Family Satisfaction Survey results on the Nursing Facility Provider Portal.

The QIIP intervention periods for Quality Indicators is July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The intervention period for the Quality of Life data ends with the 2019 Quality of Life Survey.

QIIP payments continue for one year beginning Jan. 1, 2021. DHS will not withhold funds if care centers do not improve on their chosen measure. Annual funding for QIIP is equal to 0.8% of the statewide average operating rate.

How to Submit

Care center will select and report their choice each year electronically via the Nursing Facility Provider Portal. You will need a username or password to access the reports. If you are an Administrator and do not have access to the provider portal, email Bev Milotzky at

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