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April 2016 Excerpt

It's time for Learning Session 5

Please sign up for one of the remaining sessions if you have not already done so, and bring your storyboards!

Learning Session 5 attendees are sharing progress on their QI projects. We are also discussing how participants use measurement for QAPI.

And speaking of QAPI...

Has it been more than 12 months since your facility last completed a QAPI self-assessment? (Hint: for most Collaborative participants, it is time to do it again!) We ask NHQCC participants to complete the QAPI Self-Assessment once a year. It will help you assess your home’s strengths, areas of opportunity, and preparedness for the upcoming promulgation of QAPI regulations.

Breaking news

Another home has attained a composite quality measure of 6.0 or better, bringing the total number of NHQCC participants who have met this important milestone to 31. Will your facility be next?

Fewer antipsychotic medications used in nursing homes

The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes reports that as of the third quarter of 2015, the prevalence of antipsychotic medication use in long-stay nursing home residents has declined by 27%. Idaho is ranked 23rd in the nation, and Washington 19th (lower is better) for long-stay antipsychotic use. Keep up the great work!