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Safe Care for Seniors Workshop – Aug. 5

On July 10, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Did you take the Safe Care for Seniors pledge and find yourself asking “now what?” Get that answer and more at our final in-person Safe Care for Seniors workshop on Monday, Aug. 5 in Saint Paul. Register Today!   

Anxiety Shared Pathway Toolkit Now Available

On July 2, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

Anxiety is one of the leading causes of hospital readmissions and crosses many diagnoses. A new toolkit developed on behalf of the Lake Superior Quality Improvement Network (QIN) will help transitional care units and home care agencies prepare staff to mitigate anxiety symptoms and offer integrated therapy programs to alleviate anxiety and improve outcomes.  

Care Centers: Deadline to Determine QIPP Choice is July 1

On June 23, 2019 by Sue Boyd

If you are a Skilled Nursing Facility and have not selected an indicator for the 2019 Quality Improvement Incentive Payment (QIIP), time is running out! The deadline for submission of your selected quality improvement topic is 11:59 p.m. on July 1.  

Call for Nominations – 2019 CHAIN Award for Excellence

On June 18, 2019 by Sue Boyd

Are you doing great work to reduce the incidence of healthcare-associated infections or combat antibiotic resistance? If so, CHAIN would like to hear about it and recognize your excellent work with its 2019 Award of Excellence. Examples of great work include:  

CMS Vows Continued Efforts to Ensure Safety, Quality

On April 17, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator vowed this week to “push beyond the status quo” in its oversight of nursing homes. “[W’e’re] continuously looking for ways to improve our approach to nursing home safety and quality. We must never be complacent – we should always push ahead to continuously improve our efforts,” CMS Administrator Seem Verma wrote in a wide-ranging blog post published April 15.  

Changes to Five-Star Ratings and Nursing Home Compare Take Effect April 24

On April 10, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

As noted in an earlier Advantage story, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced key changes to the Five-Star quality rating system and Nursing Home Compare effective April 24. The changes include:  

New Report Shows Care Centers If They Are at Risk of a 2% Rate Penalty

On March 6, 2019 by Julie Apold

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Provider Threshold Report (PTR). This new report for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) shows care centers if they are at risk of a 2 percent rate penalty for failure to meet the 80 percent reporting threshold requirement on the quality reporting measures during a calendar year.   

DHS Announces PIPP Grants

On March 6, 2019 by Julie Apold

New efforts that improve the quality of life and care for care center residents will receive $6.5 million over two years through funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Congratulations to these LeadingAge Minnesota members for receiving Performance-based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grants:  

CMS To Lift 5-Star Freeze, Make Other Changes to Nursing Home Compare

On March 6, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the freeze on health inspection ratings at care centers that was instituted in February 2018 will be lifted in April. This is among several changes CMS is making to provide greater support to consumers looking to compare the quality of nursing homes via Nursing Home Compare. Major changes include:   

DHS Seeks Nursing Home PIPP Proposals

On February 13, 2019 by Julie Apold

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking proposals for the next round of Nursing Home Performance-Based Incentive Payment Program (PIPP). Proposals are due May 1. Incentive payments for selected projects will begin on Jan. 1, 2020. 

Nursing Homes Make Continued Progress Against Anti-Psychotics Misuse

On January 15, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

The inappropriate use of anti-psychotic medications among nursing home residents has continued to decline, according to the latest report by the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.  

Help Us Tell the Story That Rarely Gets Reported

On January 8, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

It’s the story that rarely gets reported: the high quality of life older adults receive in our member settings. We recognize and celebrate the work you and your staff teams do to serve each resident as an individual, treat all in your care with respect and dignity, and prevent harm from occurring in the course of caregiving. Now let’s get that story told. We’re developing a virtual storyboard and need you to help us write the chapters. 

CMS Releases Results of First Year of Value-Based Purchasing

On December 12, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released individual Skilled Nursing Facilities results from the first year of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP). Under VPB, rates are adjusted based on Skilled Nursing Facility-specific hospital readmission rates. 

Last Chance for Dec. 6 Quality Conference

On November 28, 2018 by Heidi Simpson

The Dec. 6 Quality Conference is next week and today is the last day to pre-register. Over 115 professionals are already registered to attend this full day event designed to help organizations improve the quality of care and services they provide, and ultimately the lives of older adults. Find complete details and register here.

CMS Launches Efforts to Improve Patient Safety, Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

On November 28, 2018 by Julie Apold

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched efforts to improve patient safety and quality of care in nursing homes. The Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program offers tools, resources and ongoing assistance to nursing home staff.   

Drug Diversion Prevention Webinar – Nov. 27

On November 20, 2018 by Julie Apold

What factors are contributing to drug diversion within Minnesota nursing homes and home care/assisted living organizations? What strategies should you put in place to prevent diversion from occurring within your organization? Join us on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. – Noon for our Drug Diversion Prevention Webinar.  

Dec. 6 Quality Conference: Using Data to Achieve Quality Outcomes

On November 14, 2018 by Heidi Simpson

The Dec. 6 Quality Conference will feature sessions on how to understand the impact of data on your organization’s reimbursement, viability and market strength, as well as how to collect and analyze the right data to inform organizational improvement and marketplace positioning.   

Dec. 6 Quality Conference: Take a Proactive Approach to Preventing Maltreatment

On November 7, 2018 by Heidi Simpson

The Dec. 6 Quality Conference will feature a full day of sessions devoted to help organizations improve quality. Learn how to instill a culture of safety in your organization that helps prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of the people you serve.  

New Study Recommends Updating Adult Day Licensure, Using Data-Based Outcomes

On November 7, 2018 by Roni Falck

The first report in the Adult Day Services studies being conducted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has been released and could provide some insight into potential legislative initiatives for the upcoming legislative session: 

HSS Fall Learning Lab Showcases Quality Improvement

On November 7, 2018 by Jenna Kellerman

Health Support Specialists (HSS) at the Fall Learning Lab presented quality improvement projects that they designed, launched, tracked and refined over the past year. The quality improvement projects, completed through the ICan initiative with Performance Excellence in Aging Services, were designed to transform care at the bedside. After an incredibly difficult round of judging, three groups were recognized for their quality improvement programs:  

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