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QAPI: Checklist for the Transition (Part 3)

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Thu, Mar 02, 2017

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


To prepare for the transition, facilities will want to confirm they are well educated on the facts about QAPI.  Intimate knowledge of their Five STAR Quality Measures, become familiar with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Survey and Certification (S&C) letters, and become fluent in critical thinking, process improvement and data-driven performance measures. 

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Topics: QAPI

Five Elements of a Successful QAPI Program (Part 2)

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Tue, Feb 28, 2017

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Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) recommends facilities investigate the current strength of the QAA committee to determine how well the team is poised for the transition to QAPI.  If the team is meeting only quarterly to meet the minimum requirements, the facility will have a more difficult transition and will want to allow plenty of time to develop initiatives, data-streams, perform root cause to identify internal trends and time for subcommittee development for initiative ownership. 

There are 5 elements to a successful QAPI program:

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Topics: QAPI

QAPI Program: Is Your Facility Prepared? (Part 1)

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo on Thu, Feb 23, 2017

C.A.R.E.

Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency


What are we seeing this past week?  An intense amount of focus on preparedness for Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Program Development. 

QAPI is an ongoing, systematic, comprehensive and data driven system for quality improvement that merges Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement.  Most Skilled Nursing Faculties focus on the identification, prevention, and quick fixes to mitigate risk areas.  However, the approach described focuses purely on performance improvement

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Topics: QAPI

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)

Posted by Elisa Bovee on Wed, Aug 21, 2013

CMS is undertaking a bold initiative to broaden quality assurance and performance improvement activities (QAPI) in nursing homes.  In March 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act. The Provisions set forth significantly expand the level and scope of required QAPI activities to ensure that facilities continuously identify and correct quality deficiencies as well as sustain performance improvement. The new QAPI regulations will include the requirement that all homes must submit to the Secretary a plan for the facility to meet QAPI standards and implement QAPI best practices, including how to coordinate the implementation of a QAPI plan with QAA activities conducted under existing regulations.

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Topics: CMS, QAPI

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