Provisions set forth in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) require the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to broaden quality improvement activities in nursing homes. Although the mandatory implementation date for nursing homes to provide evidence of a systematic Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program has been delayed, but facilities should not delay in implementing a detailed and well-documented QAPI program. This presentation moves beyond the five elements of a QAPI and begins to drill down to practical concepts for “beefing up” an existing Quality Improvement program to meet QAPI standards. Learn how to objectively assess where your facility is in the QAPI journey, and gain a deeper insight into how practical implementation of QAPI activities can be a part of the culture of excellence that is part of all successful nursing homes.
1. Learn to detail the five elements of QAPI and correlate the five elements to the twelve step action plan for QAPI implementation.
2. Learn to articulate the steps to evaluating their facilities progress in QAPI efforts.
3. Understand Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs).
4. Learn the five steps of Root Cause Analysis (RCA) and learn how to apply the RCA process to adverse events in their facility routinely.