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Vaccination, Treatment Plans and the Use of Therapeutics Improve Outcomes for Nursing Home Residents Diagnosed with COVID-19

Nursing home residents are nearly all at risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes, including hospitalization and death. Vaccination offers the best protection against severe outcomes and can prevent the spread of infection. However, developing treatment plans for each resident in case of infection and administering COVID-19 therapeutics at the onset of symptoms are additional strategies that support…
March 2023
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CMS expands support to address concerns and resolve issues for Medicare beneficiaries using “Immediate Advocacy”

To protect Medicare beneficiaries and the Medicare Trust Fund, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established Beneficiary and Family Centered Care-Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs). BFCC-QIOs help beneficiaries exercise their right to high-quality health care by providing a range of services. Among these services is Immediate Advocacy (IA), an informal process used…
March 2023
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HQICs Help Hospitals Reduce HAIs Using TAP Reports

HSAG Assists Critical Access and Rural Hospitals to Reduce HAIs Using TAP Reports and Interactive Dashboards Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Quality Improvement Contractor (HQIC), helped more than 112 critical access and rural hospitals and those serving vulnerable populations reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs),…
February 2023
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Comagine Health’s Tailored Resources and Strategy for Teaching Motivational Interviewing Help Nursing Home Improve Resident COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Rate

An urban nursing home in the Pacific Northwest was referred by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to Comagine Health, a CMS Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for assistance with improving its resident COVID-19 bivalent booster rate. By implementing the interventions recommended by Comagine Health, the nursing home increased its resident…
February 2023
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Compass Opioid Stewardship Program Reduces Opioid Prescribing

The Opioid Prescriber Safety and Support (OPSS) initiative is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program and is led by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC). Through its Compass Opioid Stewardship Program (OSP) IHC supports eligible clinicians through education and outreach to improve prescribing practices and increase the use…
January 2023
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New England Nursing Home Increases its Resident COVID-19 Booster Rate through Consistent Use of Turnkey Resources Developed by IPRO QIN-QIO

A New England nursing home known for embracing its “outdoorsy” residents by involving them in activities that allow them to enjoy the rural area in which they live was referred by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to IPRO, a CMS Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), for assistance with improving its resident COVID-19 booster rate. With IPRO’s…
January 2023
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Alliant Health Solutions Helps Skilled Nursing Facility with High Turnover Population Achieve a 100 Percent COVID-19 Booster Rate

A small, hospital-based skilled nursing facility (SNF) was referred by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to Alliant Health Solutions (Alliant), a CMS Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), for assistance with increasing its resident COVID-19 booster rate. The QIN-QIO conducted a root-cause analysis (RCA) and helped the SNF use the Plan-Do-Study…
December 2022
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TMF’s Persistence Helps Nursing Home Increase its Resident COVID-19 Booster Rate by More Than 50 Percent

A small nursing home in a Midwest suburb struggling to increase its resident COVID-19 booster rate was referred by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to TMF, a CMS Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for assistance. With TMF’s help, the nursing home demonstrated a 53.5 percent increase in its resident COVID-19 booster rate from when it was…
November 2022
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TMF Doubles Nursing Home Attendance at Education Events with Five-Part QAPI Series

TMF Health Quality Institute, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), works with nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Puerto Rico and Texas to improve staff and resident COVID-19 vaccination and booster rates. To accomplish this, TMF provides technical assistance and…
November 2022
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Health Services Advisory Group’s Three-Pronged Approach Helps Nursing Homes Improve Vaccine Data Accuracy

Health Services Advisory Group (HSAG), a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network–Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) helped more than 634 nursing homes in its two-state region improve the accuracy of their COVID-19 vaccine data in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). With HSAG’s assistance, the…
November 2022
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