Improving Outcomes in Long-Term Care 

In honor of National Nursing Home Week, this issue of QIO News looks at how Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) are working to improve health outcomes among seniors in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

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. 
Forty-six percent of Americans with hypertension do not have their disease under control. Help the Million Hearts® initiative spread hypertension best practices by nominating a health system, practice or individual to become a Hypertension Control Champion. 
Did You Know? 
National Women’s Health Week – sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health – begins on Mother’s Day, May 14, and continues through May 20. To discover ways to participate during the health week, as well as find tools and resources specifically designed to improve health outcomes for women, visit