The Department of Health & Human Services’ Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services is requesting nominations for seven new non-federal members to join its efforts towards improving health outcomes for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network—the QIN-QIO serving Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota—is working to address the burden of antipsychotic medication on dementia patients in nursing homes. Here’s how they are implementing interventions and including families in the decision-making process.
CMS’s long-term care subject matter expert shares the latest updates about the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative and the QIO Program’s ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care in long-term care facilities.
Many Medicare beneficiaries need skilled nursing facility services at some point in their lives. But what can they do if they are not satisfied with the care received during their short-term nursing home stay?
Online training sessions from the QIN National Coordinating Center are now available to help nursing homes prevent and manage Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections and promote antibiotic stewardship.    
Great Plains Quality Innovation Network – the QIN-QIO serving Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota – is working to address the burden of antipsychotic medication on dementia patients in nursing homes. Here’s how they are implementing interventions and including families in the decision-making process.
A new toolkit from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality offers best practices and lessons learned from a three-year project to help nursing homes reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections.
The Director of CMS’ Nursing Homes Division discusses the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes' progress in reducing antipsychotic medication usage.
How a Tennessee nursing home reduced antipsychotic medication use with consistent caregivers.
Learn about the progress of the CMS initiative that launched in April 2015 to improve long-term care quality and delivery across the country. 
CMS has tallied numbers for year one of the QIO Program’s five-year performance period, and recruitment is exceeding expectations. See the data.
CMS’ Government Task Leader for the QIO Program’s Nursing Home Task highlights the QIN-QIOs’ work with long-term care facilities.
Learn about the CMS initiative that launched in April 2015 to improve care for nursing home residents across the country.
Medications offer a variety of benefits, but they can come with great risk when not prescribed, administered or managed properly. Older adults are twice as likely to visit the emergency department and seven times more likely to be hospitalized due to adverse drug events (ADEs) than people under age 65. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has even set a national goal to prevent and eliminate ADEs in 265,000 lives per year.
Established 50 years ago, Gateway Senior Living is the first retirement community in Lincoln, Neb. that began to provide both assisted living and senior health care to its residents. It is currently home to just over 60 residents and includes a small skilled nursing facility that works daily to ensure high-quality living standards and provided care. Raising quality standards has been a core focus for the staff and leadership at Gateway. Amy Fish, Campus Administrator, discussed the two main areas they have been working to improve – capacity issues and technology challenges.