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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

Taking the First Steps Towards Building a QAPI Program

Posted by Rachel Verslues on Sep 19, 2016 10:00:00 AM

It is still unknown when QAPI will become a requirement for nursing homes, but the understanding that every nursing home will eventually need a QAPI program is driving some organizations to begin making plans (or at least think about making plans) for putting a program in place. However, for those looking into QAPI, there are a lot of questions to answer about where to begin and how to get started. Below are a few helpful bits of info for anyone in the early exploration stage of QAPI planning.  

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Topics: QAPI, performance improvement, quality assurance

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