The healthcare industry’s movement to value-based care has led to a quality renaissance across several areas of healthcare. For nursing homes, that renaissance is known as Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI). Quality has long been an area of focus in nursing home care. However, the effectiveness of quality initiatives has often come into question. To improve care quality in nursing homes – and quality of life for residents – the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) is expanding quality provisions by pairing quality assurance with performance improvement. Essentially this means that nursing homes must now work to put processes in place that enable them to identify the root causes of problems, and then prevent those issues from happening in the future.
The purpose of adding performance improvement to existing quality assurance requirements – and a primary goal of QAPI – is to push for excellence in nursing home care. While it is easy to get on board with this goal, nursing homes have a lot of work to do to make the vision a reality. QAPI compliance means a complete cultural transformation for nursing homes. This whitepaper looks at the impact of QAPI on nursing homes, challenges related to QAPI, and actions facilities must take to adapt to QAPI-driven changes in order to be successful.
After years of waiting and listening to talk about pending QAPI regulation, it is finally time for nursing homes to shift into action.
Download a copy of our white paper on QAPI for more information.