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September 2017 Excerpt

NHQCC office hours and webinars
Looking Ahead:
If you haven't already registered for the September 19 and October 11 office hours, please do so soon! If you have a specific question you'd like answered, please email it to Jeff West in advance of the call.
Looking Back:
Do you want to share the 8/22 webinar with members of your staff? Want to download the Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes, or any of the other tools referenced during the webinar? Everything from the webinar is archived on our Collaborative Materials webpage!
CMS Requirements of Participation
Will your QAPI plan be ready by November 28?
All nursing homes are required to provide surveyors access to their annual QAPI self-assessment and written QAPI plan starting November 28.
In addition, we are asking NHQCC participants to share results of your annual QAPI self-assessment with Qualis Health so that we can better tailor our Collaborative consulting to meet your needs. This step will earn your facility points toward Quality Gems!
Check out the wealth of resources we have compiled, including a sample QAPI plan.
Looking for ways to reduce unnecessary antipsychotic use in your facility?
Qualis Health recently analyzed Medicare claims in Washington, and found that some physicians never prescribe antipsychotics to manage the behavioral symptoms of dementia, while others prescribe these potentially risky drugs in nearly 60% of cases.
Review the tools we have gathered to educate staff and families about:
  • The need to reduce antipsychotics use
  • Non-pharmacological approaches
  • Protocols to systematically eliminate unnecessary antipsychotics, one resident at a time.