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Nursing Home Quality Improvement

Partnering with nursing home and Skilled Nursing Facility partners and stakeholders, we identify strategies to enhance consumer engagement, strengthen processes and standards, create strategic partnerships and advance quality. The goal is to increase resident outcomes and improve overall satisfaction. This work is carried out using the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative as a framework. Specifically, we work to improve the Nursing Home Quality Composite Measure Scores, improve the mobility of residents, decrease the unnecessary or inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications, decrease healthcare-associated infections, decrease other healthcare-acquired conditions and decrease avoidable hospitalizations. Contact Johnathan Reeves for data and measurements.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement: C. difficile Reporting & Reduction Initiative
Eliminating infections, many of which are preventable, is a significant way to improve care and decrease costs. CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) provides long-term care facilities with a customized system to track infections in a streamlined and systematic way. When facilities track infections, they can identify problems and track progress toward stopping infections. NHSN’s long-term care component is ideal for use by nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, chronic care facilities, assisted living facilities and residential care facilities. KFMC is partnering with nursing homes across the region to prepare them for future quality reporting requirements, improve infection control practices, and improve resident outcomes. Participating Nursing Homes are using NHSN to track CDI (Clostridium difficile) rates as well as receiving tools, resources, and education for infection prevention, control and communication. Brenda Davis, BSN, RN is leading this work in Kansas nursing homes; contact Brenda Davis for more information.

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