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  • Speak Up!

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    Sep 11, 2018

    Residents' Rights Month is just around the corner. Get ideas for how to celebrate by reading the September Newsletter.


  • New: Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway

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    Sep 10, 2018

    Critical Elements Pathways are used by state survey. Use Pathways to identify your strengths and your opportunities for improvement, and to plan your next steps. Routine review Pathways supports your continuous readiness.

    Dementia Care Critical Element Pathway


  • New: Hand-in-Hand Training Series

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    Sep 6, 2018

    Just released, updated dementia care and abuse prevention training is now available. Created by CMS in conjunction with training developers and subject matter experts, this training addresses essential dementia care and abuse prevention topics for direct care staff.

    For Nursing Homes Online: Self-Paced Training
    For Nursing Homes Download: Instructor-Led Training


  • Long & Short Stay QM Trend Graphs 2018 Q1 Update

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    Aug 2, 2018

    By clicking the Quality Measure Trends button from the NNHQI Campaign home page, website visitors can view long stay and short stay QM trend graphs. Users can view long stay trend graphs for fifteen quality measures that span Quarter 2 - 2011 through Quarter 1 - 2018 and they can view short stay trend graphs for six quality measures that span Quarter 2 - 2015 through Quarter 1 - 2018.

    All website visitors can view state and national medians and state and national 10th/90th percentiles. Homes registered with the NNHQI Campaign may view their home's trends as well. The graphs can be downloaded and saved as PDF, JPG, or PNG files, and chart data may be downloaded in an Excel file. The data are updated quarterly from CMS' Nursing Home Compare website. The graphs are customizable to display data for the quarters of your choice.


  • You’re Invited!

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    Jul 12, 2018

    Read the July Newsletter for more information on the free, 12-month Antibiotic Stewardship Program led by AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use, as well as where to find additional Antibiotic Stewardship resources.


  • Recently Added

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    Jun 25, 2018

    Three Survey Pathways covering Antibiotic Stewardship have been posted to the Infections goal resource (scroll to the section on Self-Assessment Tools). The Pathway for QAA & QAPI (look for QAPI Resources) has been added to the QI Methods page. Use these Pathways to identify your QI priorities, and repeat regularly to support continual readiness.


  • Could This Be You?

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    Jun 13, 2018

    How one long term care community changed habits to reduce readmission rates. Read our June Newsletter to learn more about their story and what you can do to find your own improvement opportunities.


  • National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care Quarterly Update

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    Jun 5, 2018

    The report includes national, regional and state data beginning with 2011Q2 and ending with 2017Q4. View trend data (PDF).


  • What's in your QI Toolbox?

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    May 15, 2018

    The Quality Improvement Methods page on the Campaign website has been stocked with quick start resources, including some favorites from IHI's Quality Improvement Essentials Toolkit. Read our May Newsletter for more information!


  • Long & Short Stay QM Trend Graphs 2017 Q4 Update

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    Apr 30, 2018

    By clicking the Quality Measure Trends button from the NNHQI Campaign home page, website visitors can view long stay and short stay QM trend graphs. Users can view long stay trend graphs for fifteen quality measures that span Quarter 2 - 2011 through Quarter 4 - 2017 and they can view short stay trend graphs for six quality measures that span Quarter 2 - 2015 through Quarter 4 - 2017.

    All website visitors can view state and national medians and state and national 10th/90th percentiles. Homes registered with the NNHQI Campaign may view their home's trends as well. The graphs can be downloaded and saved as PDF, JPG, or PNG files, and chart data may be downloaded in an Excel file. The data are updated quarterly from CMS' Nursing Home Compare website. The graphs are customizable to display data for the quarters of your choice.


  • Celebrating Stories of Success!

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    Apr 13, 2018

    In order to inspire improvement across our country, the Campaign is collecting and sharing your stories of success! Read our April Newsletter for more information.


  • Still Using Position Alarms?

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    Apr 10, 2018

    Consider a performance improvement project that emphasizes individualized care and enhancing mobility while reducing alarms. Read on to access resources in our March Newsletter.


  • Long & Short Stay QM Trend Graphs 2017 Q3 Update

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    Feb 6, 2018

    By clicking the Quality Measure Trends button from the NNHQI Campaign home page, website visitors can view long stay and short stay QM trend graphs. Users can view long stay trend graphs for fifteen quality measures that span Quarter 2 - 2011 through Quarter 3 - 2017 and they can view short stay trend graphs for six quality measures that span Quarter 2 - 2015 through Quarter 3 - 2017.

    All website visitors can view state and national medians and state and national 10th/90th percentiles. Homes registered with the NNHQI Campaign may view their home's trends as well. The graphs can be downloaded and saved as PDF, JPG, or PNG files, and chart data may be downloaded in an Excel file. The data are updated quarterly from CMS' Nursing Home Compare website. The graphs are customizable to display data for the quarters of your choice.


  • National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care Quarterly Update

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    Nov 2, 2017

    The report includes national, regional and state data beginning with 2011Q2 and ending with 2017Q2. View trend data (PDF).


  • Tapping Into Dementia Patients' Memories Through Vaudeville

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    Nov 2, 2017

    This is an article about the Vaudeville Visits (PDF) program at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J., which is run by Healthy Humor, a national nonprofit that primarily sends clowns to pediatric units in hospitals.


  • Long & Short Stay QM Trend Graphs 2017 Q2 Update

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    Oct 26, 2017

    By clicking the Quality Measure Trends button from the NNHQI Campaign home page, website visitors can view long stay and short stay QM trend graphs. Users can view long stay trend graphs for fifteen quality measures that span Quarter 2 - 2011 through Quarter 2 - 2017 and they can view short stay trend graphs for six quality measures that span Quarter 2 - 2015 through Quarter 2 - 2017.

    All website visitors can view state and national medians and state and national 10th/90th percentiles. Homes registered with the NNHQI Campaign may view their home's trends as well. The graphs can be downloaded and saved as PDF, JPG, or PNG files, and chart data may be downloaded in an Excel file. The data are updated quarterly from CMS' Nursing Home Compare website. The graphs are customizable to display data for the quarters of your choice.


  • State Dementia Care Coalition Best-Practice Strategies

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    Oct 20, 2017

    Best-practice strategies (PDF) resource by state.


  • High-Alert Medication Self-Assessment for LTC Communities Launched

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    Oct 13, 2017

    A new tool is now available to help hospitals, long-term care facilities, and certain outpatient facilities evaluate their best practices related to high-alert medications, identify opportunities for improvement, and track their experiences over time. Developed by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), the ISMP Medication Safety Self Assessment^®^ for High-Alert Medications focuses on general high-alert medications and 11 specific medication categories--including opioids, insulin, neuromuscular blocking agents, chemotherapy, and moderate and minimal sedation. Participants who submit assessment findings to ISMP anonymously via a secure internet portal will be able to obtain their weighted scores so they can compare themselves to demographically similar organizations. Participation also can help organizations meet requirements for managing high-alert medications from regulatory and accrediting agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission. Access more information at: www.ismp.org/selfassessments/SAHAM.


  • STAR-VA: Intervention for Managing Challenging Behaviors

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    Oct 13, 2017

    This is an interdisciplinary behavioral approach (PDF) to managing challenging behaviors among Veterans Health Administration Community Living Center (CLC) residents with dementia.


  • SNF QRP: Quick Reference Guide Now Available

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    Oct 5, 2017

    A Quick Reference Guide for the SNF QRP is now available on the SNF Quality Reporting Program Data Submission Deadlines webpage. The guide includes frequently asked questions, information on QRP help desks, and helpful links to additional resources for the SNF QRP.


  • New Goal for Antipsychotic Medication Reduction Announced

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    Oct 3, 2017

    Today, the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care announced that it met its goal of reducing the national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-stay nursing home residents by 30 percent by the end of 2016. It also announced a new goal of a 15 percent reduction by the end of 2019 for long-stay residents in those homes with currently limited reduction rates.

    Nursing homes with low rates of antipsychotic medication use will be encouraged to continue their efforts and maintain their success, while those with high rates that have not made progress since the start of the Partnership will decrease their long-stay, antipsychotic medication use by 15 percent by the end of 2019. Data for homes with high rates has been collected and will be shared for outreach purposes.

    Fact Sheet: Partnership Goals Achieved

    Questions can be sent to dnh_behavioralhealth@cms.hhs.gov.


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