It's a loaded question: How good does your data need to be? If we're honest with ourselves, we must admit that we're not perfect. Nor are the systems we create to help minimize error perfect.
We all yearn for a time when value-based purchasing (and care) loses its originality. A time when motivations for providing excellent care and achieving excellent resident outcomes are aligned with reimbursement.
Nobody likes change. If we all had a dollar every time we heard someone in our workplace say "but this is the way we've always done it" we'd all be independently wealthy.
Your post-acute/long-term care organization should be well on its way to developing its Facility Assessment, Emergency Preparedness Plan and written QAPI plan for compliance by November 2017. The best way to address these three new RoPs/CoPs is by transitioning your healthcare organization into one focused on service delivery.
It's a lot of pressure, working in long-term care. People are becoming much more process-conscious and data-driven, more aware of competitors and more responsive to market research. Perhaps that's why my colleagues recently demanded I create a QAPI plan for my personal life.
Skilled nursing providers will have a rich agenda to soak up Dec. 1 when the MLN Connects National Provider Call features a doctor pointing out how to better manage high-risk medications and a pharmacist discussing drug regimen reviews and medication reconciliation. Experts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services also will give a progress update on the National Partnership and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI).
The latest installment in a series of webinars helping providers better deal with the MDS comes Thursday, when attendees can learn strategies for building and maintaining a strong QAPI in-facility program. The speaker will be veteran nurse manager Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, consulting manager at Plante Moran PLLC, one of the program's sponsors.
The focus of aging services over the next decade should be redefining age, improving practices, innovating solutions and transforming policy, the leader of a top senior care association declared Wednesday.
Here are 10 quick tips for successful QAPI team building.
Gentell Inc. has announced its Fastcare wound documentation and ordering now includes Quality Assurance Performance Improvement reporting capabilities.
While some long-term care providers have been slower to look at QAPI processes, others are ready to implement. Therapy vendors also should be considering adopting and operationalizing QAPI.
I am a new assistant director of nursing and my administrator asked me to oversee immunizations. Where do I start?
If a nurse's aide is in a room when a resident begins to fall, and lowers her to the ground, we are NOT counting those on our count for falls. Are we correct?
By providing the best level of care, a provider will help ensure resident satisfaction as well as foster a positive work environment for employees. Poor quality will affect a provider's revenue stream.
Home health providers will need to meet new referral, QAPI requirements to take part in Medicare and Medicaid ... Study: 'Prehab' could save $1,200 in post-acute costs per joint replacement patient ... Nobel Prize awarded for Alzheimer's-related research into mind's 'GPS'
Q: You recently received the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award from the American Health Care Association. What are some of the biggest current obstacles to improving quality in long-term care?
SNF providers are scrambling to prepare to be "bought" by ACOs, aligned with potential bundling partners, selected as a preferred provider, and ultimately "sold" to the best, not highest, bidder.
A provider client once said to me, "I don't understand all this 'statistical gobbledygook.' Tell me why I should care and how I can actually use this." It was a valid request.
To reduce preventable readmissions, a healthcare business strategy expert advised SNFs to follow the logic of the infamous Willie Sutton. "Go where the money is in preventing readmissions," said Andrew M. Kramer, MD, chief executive officer of Providigm.
The most important leadership decision in a Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement plan is not what, but who, to include, a former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said Tuesday.
The birds are singing, everything is green, people are planning vacations and you are shaking in your boots. Because you know, unlike the rest of the world, that with your job, you're gonna have more patients to take care of than you can shake a stick at!
Skilled nursing facilities face increasing pressure to decrease the rate of hospital readmissions for their residents. A special McKnight's webinar June 18 will focus on strategies providers can use to improve their readmit rates. The free event starts at 2 p.m. Eastern and will feature speakers Michael K. Lin, PhD, chief scientific officer, and Andrew M. Kramer, MD, chief executive officer, both of Providigm.
Many long-term care providers have become familiar with the ideas behind Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement — but what are the most effective ways to put those ideas into practice in a facility?
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said they consider the upcoming Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement guidelines, not harsher penalties, as the better way to reduce adverse events in post-acute care.
Why is there greater disparity occurring in some states but not all? Is it about the size of the state or the number of survey districts?
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sees the upcoming Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement guidelines, not harsher penalties, as the way to reduce adverse events in post-acute care, officials said on an Open Door Forum call Thursday.
What are the financial benefits to implementing CMS's Quality Assurance Performance Improvement program?
What are some of the things we can do to prevent infections?
It's important to do a review that considers your region and state. Identify how complaints and care deficiencies were handled last year.
An initiative that should be top of mind for facilities is the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI), an extension of the Affordable Care Act that is focused on improving quality of care for residents.