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Health Quality Innovators Helps Nursing Home Improve its Resident COVID-19 Booster Rate Amid Facility-wide COVID-19 Outbreak

In January 2022, a nursing home that had not had any COVID-19 cases for more than a year was referred to Health Quality Innovators (HQI) for assistance with improving its resident COVID-19 booster rate and responding to a sudden COVID-19 outbreak. The nursing home demonstrated a 62.7 percent increase in booster rates from when the facility was first referred to HQI and the last report to the…
July 2022
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Customized Technical Assistance to Overcome Staff Turnover and Address Vaccine Hesitancy Helps Nursing Home Achieve 100 Percent Resident COVID-19 Booster Rate

TMF Quality Innovation Network, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), helped a nursing home improve resident COVID-19 booster rates from 16.9 percent at time of referral on January 9, 2022, to 100 percent by April 24, 2022, through customized one-on-one technical assistance. Root Cause Analysis Reveals Staff…
June 2022
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Quality Insights’ Comprehensive Communication Strategy Ensures Staff and Nursing Homes Have the Latest COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Guidelines and Directives

Keeping nursing home staff updated on the latest COVID-19 guidelines and directives is critical for continued improvement of resident and staff vaccination rates for the COVID-19 vaccine and booster. Quality Insights, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) is using a multi-faceted approach to educate its staff and…
June 2022
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Tailored One-on-One Support and Resources Help Rural Nursing Home Improve Resident Booster Vaccination Rate

One of the first nursing homes referred to Mountain-Pacific Quality Health (Mountain-Pacific) in December 2021 for assistance with improving its resident COVID-19 booster rate demonstrated a 44.1 percent increase following frequent and tailored one-on-one assistance. This increase occurred in the period between when the nursing home was referred to Mountain-Pacific for assistance and the last…
June 2022
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High Intensity Collaborative Program Leads Hospitals to Reduce Readmission Rates

The Health Quality Innovators (HQI) team recently led a five-month initiative aimed at reducing all-cause hospital-wide readmissions, enhancing equity, improving value and delivering person-centered care. The ASPIRE+ to Reduce Readmissions Series, which wrapped up in May 2022, was designed to provide techniques and strategies relevant to small, rural facilities as well as large, urban facilities…
June 2022
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“Give the BOOST a Shot” Campaign Helps Nursing Homes Improve Booster Vaccination Rates

During the timeframe between January 9 and March 20, 2022, nursing homes participating in an education campaign led by Alliant Health Solutions (Alliant), a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, demonstrated a 15% or greater increase in resident and/or staff COVID-19 boosters. This increase occurred in the period between…
June 2022
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Alliant Health Solution’s One-on-One Support with Nursing Homes Increase COVID-19 Vaccination Rates for Residents and Staff

Low resident and staff vaccination rates put the most vulnerable at risk. COVID-19 vaccination is the most effective way to prevent infection among people with Medicare, a population that is at high risk of dying from complications caused by the virus. In the summer of 2021, nearly 200 nursing homes in the seven-state region served by Alliant Health Solutions (Alliant), a Centers for Medicare…
May 2022
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Performance Tracking for Quality Assurance

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Plains Quality Improvement Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) team worked to promote COVID-19 infection prevention and control best practices. When Great Plains was providing one-on-one technical assistance with nursing homes, the team identified an opportunity to improve how the facilities were using their data to related to COVID-19…
May 2022
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Using Grit to Rebuild a Resilient Workforce

Over the last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has stretched many health care professionals to their limits. The pizzas, parties and cheers that were common early in pandemic are no longer enough to ease burnout and address staff shortages. During the 2022 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Conference, Dr. Lee Fleisher, CMS Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Center…
May 2022
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New Hope, New Health: Charting a Path Forward

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2022 Quality Conference virtually brought together nearly 5,000 health care leaders to share and hear promising practices for advancing health care quality, equity and safety at CMS and within the U.S. health care system. CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure introduced a new National Quality Strategy which emphasizes behavioral health,…
May 2022
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