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March 2015 Excerpt

We took the Thick-It Challenge!

In Qualis Health's new video, watch our own Aimee Ford take on the challenge of drinking honey-thick liquids for 12 hours.

Have you evaluated the individualized benefits and risks of treatment options for each of your residents with dysphagia? Learn more at GeriPal (the original "instigator" of the Challenge) and SASS.


Time-sensitive messages:

  1. Friday, March 27 is the deadline to sign up for our 2015 - 2016 Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NHQCC)! Need more information? Read this two-page overview or contact your quality improvement consultant.

    Please note that starting next month, only the NHQCC participants will continue to receive our QI tools, clinical improvement change ideas, and Monthly Update. All other subscribers will be transferred to the mailing list for our quarterly statewide e-publication.
  2. All nursing homes participating in Qualis Health's NHQCC are required to attend one of our pre-work phone calls, during which time our staff will review what your team needs to do to prepare for the Collaborative. There are two calls remaining on the schedule:

    Register for the March 11 call
    Register for the March 25 call

    Both calls will be held at held at 11:00am - 12:00pm Mountain Time 10:00 - 11:00am Pacific Time

Uniform data set for assessment, reporting, exchange is under development at CMS

In accordance with the IMPACT Act of 2014, CMS is developing a core data set to be used across post-acute settings. Learn more about how the Act will affect you by reviewing the CMS webpage and the slides from the February 25 Open Door Forum.