Long-Term Care

In recognition of National Nursing Home Week, May 10-16, QIO News is helping highlight how the QIO Program and its national and community partners are striving to instill quality performance and improvement practices in nursing homes across the country.

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. 
From his motorized wheel chair, Bill Turley waves to friends along the hallways at the Villages of Southern Hills, a long-term care facility and his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Family pictures and musical instruments adorn his room there. He talks about his love for music and his respect for the English program at Oklahoma State University, his alma mater. He serves as the president of the Villages resident council. He enjoys writing and Internet surfing, he plays multiple musical instruments, and he rides an oversized trike in the courtyard of the home.
New media campaign aims to promote awareness of the patient experience and encourage open discussion of topics involving palliative and geriatric care. 
Lakewood Health System Care Center took a different approach to developing long-term care plans by working directly with residents and families. 
Thelma Botelho, a 92-year-old terminally ill patient and former jazz singer, found her voice again after her doctor encouraged her to do what she loved in her waning days. 
Ridgeview Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing has set the bar high among senior living facilities with 94+ weeks without an acquired in-house pressure ulcer. 
The two two-year projects, with combined maximum funding of $10 million to regional QIN-QIOs, will align with the goals of the CMS Quality Strategy and emphasize the power of partnerships. 
Did You Know?
The QIO Program is in the Twitterverse! @QIOProgram, the official Program handle, is co-hosting a Twitter chat on health equity — specifically cardiac and diabetes disparities — this month with Finding Answers. Participate in #EquityChat May 12 at 2:00 p.m., ET! Also, connect with the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-National Coordinating Center (BFCC-NCC) via its handle @BeneProtection, which aims to provide resources on quality of care and Medicare rights, as well as information about the services of BFCC-QIOs.