The deadline for nursing homes to complete their written QAPI plan is later this year, and that means teams will be working to flesh out their QAPI programs in the coming months. An effective QAPI plan addresses all systems of care and management within a nursing home. Therefore, if your goal is truly to improve your facility’s quality of care, and the quality of life for residents, cobbling together a plan at the eleventh hour is not recommended. Instead, organizations need to begin planning now, and devote time and attention to building a plan that is evidence based, reflects their facility’s unique resident makeup and services, and focuses on clinical, quality of life and resident choice areas.
Below are three materials we handpicked from Primaris’ resource library that offer information about both planning and implementing a QAPI program:
Quality Initiatives: Building a Consistent and Effective QAPI Program
This whitepaper looks at the impact of QAPI on nursing homes, challenges, and actions facilities must take to adapt to QAPI-driven changes. It also outlines many of the steps in Primaris’ recommended QAPI implementation process, for example, performing a quality assessment and conducting a data review.
Success Within Reach: QAPI Tips and Recommendations for Nursing Homes
If you could use some tips on how to get started with QAPI planning (who couldn’t?), then you might find this tip sheet helpful. It includes tips and recommendations aimed at helping nursing homes think strategically about QAPI planning and execution.
The Wait is Over. It’s Time to Implement QAPI.
This resource explains Primaris’ different levels of QAPI service offerings and how they fit the varying needs of nursing homes.
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By giving adequate attention to QAPI planning, and building an effective program, nursing homes can recognize benefits like reductions in care costs, reduced hospitalizations and readmissions, fewer citations, higher quality ratings, more engaged staff, and better quality of life for residents. In other words, successfully implementing a QAPI program can significantly transform the quality of care and services your nursing home provides. This is the primary reason nursing homes need to be laser focused on improving quality through QAPI. It is also the reason facilities need to make sure they are not just ticking the QAPI box – it is worth the effort to make sure QAPI is done right.
QAPI was an abstract concept for a long time. But now, nursing homes need to have identified their QAPI committee, and facilities should be advancing to the later stages of QAPI implementation. This means that the decisions you make, and the actions you take now are incredibly important, because they will lay the groundwork for all future quality improvement efforts.