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Primaris Helps Nursing Homes with QAPI Implementation

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

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, performance improvement, quality assurance

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, performance improvement, quality assurance

QAPI Program: Should nursing homes do it themselves or hire a consultant?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Apr 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Right now, a lot of nursing homes are entering a “planning” stage where they are trying to map out how they will apply QAPI inside of their organization. Facilities may also be starting to write their QAPI plans. This planning stage is critical because it lays the groundwork for all future quality improvement efforts. Of course, as important as this early planning period is, the next phase – rolling out QAPI across an entire organization – is where real quality improvement begins to happen. But, that is only if you’ve taken the right steps and have effective quality assurance and performance improvement strategies in place. So, how can you make sure your planning is on track and your facility is set to succeed as it takes on large-scale quality improvement? The best solution is to find a knowledgeable consultant to support and guide your QAPI efforts.

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI, performance improvement, quality assurance

What Tools Do You Need To Build A Successful QAPI Program?

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Apr 20, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Have you started thinking about writing a QAPI plan? Nursing homes across the country are at different stages of QAPI planning and program development. However, by November of this year, every certified nursing facility that receives federal funding will need to have a written QAPI plan in place. Therefore, if you haven’t done so already, it is a good idea to begin considering what questions you have, what type of support you might need, and what resources are available that will enable you to be successful as you not only write your QAPI plan, but also transform your organization’s culture into one that is completely centered around quality improvement. 

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI, performance improvement, quality assurance

5 Reasons to Choose Primaris for Help with QAPI

Posted by Adam Voight on Dec 29, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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Are you looking for help as you begin to make plans and prepare for QAPI? Then you may want to take a closer look at Primaris. At its roots, Primaris is a quality improvement organization whose mission aligns closely with the purpose of QAPI. In fact, Primaris’ stated mission is to improve clinical outcomes and the overall patient experience. QAPI is meant to do the same thing through the marriage of Quality Assurance (QA),which focuses on clinical quality, and Performance Improvement (PI), which pertains to the resident's quality of life.

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Topics: nursing homes, QAPI

7 Important Things to Understand About QAPI

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Oct 31, 2016 10:00:00 AM

With the final rule recently being announced regarding QAPI regulations, the clock is ticking. All nursing homes will have one year from the effective date to develop their initial QAPI program. Here is a list of things to get nursing homes thinking all things QAPI:

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Topics: value-based care, nursing homes, quality improvement, QAPI

Thanks for stepping up, Missouri, to fight C.difficile

Posted by Dorothy Andrae on Sep 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Last month we issued a call for Missouri nursing homes to join the fight to stop C. difficile. Missouri nursing homes have always been a leader in national quality projects, but the state was falling behind in participation in a national quality improvement project that would work to prevent and reduce C. difficile infections. We asked nursing homes to step up and show CMS and nursing homes across the nation that Missouri nursing homes were ready to join the fight to stop C. difficile.

We asked - and you answered. Thank you to all the nursing homes and corporations that sent in their participation forms and joined this important initiative. We not only reached a goal of 76 nursing homes; we passed it! Thank you!

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Topics: nursing homes, quality improvement

How to Improve Delivery of Person-Centered Care

Posted by Revee White on Aug 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Person-centered care is an important topic for nursing home staff and residents. Person-centered care is a recognition that choice, purpose and meaning in daily life should be the primary aim of resident care in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. It also means residents are supported in achieving the level of physical, mental and psychosocial well-being that is individually practicable.

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Topics: nursing homes, dementia care mapping, skilled nursing facilities, person centered care

Time is running out for Missouri nursing homes to join fight to stop C.difficile

Posted by Dorothy Andrae on Aug 15, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Missouri nursing homes have always been a leader in national quality projects, and we need your help to show CMS and nursing homes across the nation that Missouri nursing homes are ready to join the fight to stop C. difficile.

Along with other Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) across the nation, Primaris has been tasked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to recruit 76 Missouri nursing homes to join a very important initiative to prevent and reduce C. difficile infections.

Participation is free and members will work with experienced Primaris staff who will provide evidence-based tools and individualized technical assistance to improve a facility’s overall safety culture. Primaris, as part of the TMF QIN, will offer free technical assistance to evaluate your data and provide learning forums to support your path toward reducing and eliminating C. difficile in your facility.

Nursing homes that participate will also receive free support for nursing home data submission into the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network databank, as well as tools and training on Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety – TeamSTEPPS®.

As of now, we have 15 committed homes who have stepped up and want to participate.  Our deadline for recruitment is Aug. 31, 2016, so time is running out. If you originally declined this project, we are asking you to reconsider.

Do you want to be a leader and get FREE assistance to stay ahead of federal requirements?

C. difficile reporting will be mandatory for nursing homes in the near future.  This is your opportunity to take advantage of excellent training with no cost. By the time it becomes required reporting, you’ll be ahead of other homes that did not take advantage of this no-cost opportunity.

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Topics: nursing homes, quality improvement

Transform Your Organization with an Effective QAPI Program

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Aug 11, 2016 10:00:00 AM

We all know the time is coming; we just don’t know when. But once the final QAPI regulations are issued, all nursing homes are required to have a QAPI Program in place within first year.

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Topics: nursing homes, quality improvement, long-term care, QAPI, skilled nursing facilities

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