QUALITY TODAY

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Check out Our Resources to Help with QAPI Planning

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Jun 8, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI

From Concept To Reality: The Arrival of Value-Based Care

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Jun 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: value-based care, population health

Navigating the Rapids of Healthcare Quality Improvement

Posted by Jodie Jackson, Jr. on Jun 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

A lazy, carefree float trip on one of the Midwest's meandering rivers was memorable for a lot of good reasons, but mostly for the decision that one canoe team of co-workers made to challenge the rapid, churning current on the left side of the gravel bar.

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Topics: Registry abstraction, value-based care, quality Improvement, data Abstraction

How to Improve Health Quality when Patients Don't Seem to Listen

Posted by Cate Nagus on May 29, 2017 3:47:00 PM

Patient engagement with motivational interviewing is key to behavioral health

Are you often frustrated after advising your patients to make changes—only to find they don’t follow through?

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Topics: quality Improvement

Primaris Helps Nursing Homes with QAPI Implementation

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Primaris helps nursing homes with QAPI Implementation

With a November deadline set for nursing homes to have a written QAPI plan in place, there is no better time than the present to begin thinking about how your organization will design and execute its QAPI program. If you think your facility will require outside support in order to develop and carry out a successful QAPI plan, then you want to start looking (pronto) at your options for external QAPI services. 

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI

Resources to Know for Registry Abstraction Success

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 23, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Richard_Royer_small.jpgOur CEO Richard Royer's article, "Resources to Know for Registry Abstraction Success," featured last week in Healthcare Business Today, discusses the growing importance of registries and how your team can stay up-to-date on guidelines and reporting requirements. 

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Topics: Registry abstraction

'Get with the Guidelines-CAD' Relaunches--What is the impact for hospitals participating in 'Mission: Lifeline'?

Posted by Stefanie Honeycutt on May 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

There are new options for hospitals when it comes to improving quality of care for patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction (AMI). In 2007, the American Heart Association (AHA) launched Mission: Lifeline, a system of care that coordinates EMS, referring hospitals (non-PCI) and receiving hospital (PCI-capable) using best practices for patients with both STEMI and non-STEMI heart attacks and provides recognition for this care.

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Topics: Registry abstraction

How to Manage the Burden of Quality Reporting

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When you think about the word “quality” in relation to healthcare, what comes to mind? Maybe the word conjures up thoughts of satisfied patients, safety, person-centered care, care coordination, modern facilities, improved health outcomes, or something else. Although quality means different things to different people, the majority of healthcare professionals agree that quality needs to be a top area of focus. And yet, chances are good that if asked what comes to mind immediately after hearing the term “quality reporting” a lot of responses from providers would not be so positive. To be clear, it is not that quality reporting is seen as unimportant, but rather that it is overwhelming for many healthcare teams.  

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Topics: Quality Reporting

May is The Month to Focus on You & Your Blood Pressure

Posted by Mary Ann Kimbel, RN, BAM on May 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

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This May, we at Primaris are joining the American Heart Association (AHA) in recognizing National High Blood Pressure Education Month to help you prevent the "domino effect" that high blood pressure can have on your health. 

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10 Simple and Effective QAPI Planning Tips

Posted by Rachel Verslues on May 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When done right, QAPI involves systemic change at every level across a nursing home facility. Change of this magnitude requires a lot of time for planning, training staff, evaluating progress and so on. Because it is such a big undertaking, and most teams are learning as they go, every nursing home should expect to face challenges as they create their plan and implement a QAPI program. Below are ten simple and effective steps that should make building your QAPI program a bit easier.

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI

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