January marks the beginning of a new year and a fresh start. It’s a time when we reflect on experiences and things we learned during the previous year and resolve to do something better over the next 12 months. As you consider your personal New Year’s resolutions and self-improvements, it’s also a great time to identify opportunities for quality improvement within your agency. More than 400 HHQI-participating agencies have already resolved to improve preventive cardiovascular care in 2014 by signing up for the groundbreaking Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry (HHCDR).
In 2013, HHQI was tasked by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop new free resources that would help home health agencies contribute to the national Million Hearts® initiative’s goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States by 2017. We jumped at the opportunity to create new Best Practice Intervention Packages (BPIPs) on the ABCS of preventive cardiovascular care and to develop an online data registry that would help home health agencies track the impact of their improvement efforts.
Fueled by a combination of data automatically pulled from OASIS-C transmissions and a few pieces of additional patient data provided directly by the agency, the HHCDR is the first and only data registry of its kind in the home health industry. For some home health agencies that didn’t think cardiovascular health was a major issue among their patients, participating in the HHCDR has been an eye-opening experience. For other agencies with limited resources, the monthly HHCDR reports have helped them prioritize their improvement efforts.
The best way to see what the HHCDR has to offer is to see it for yourself. If you haven’t already, take just 15 minutes to watch the HHCDR Report webinar, or visit the HHQI website for FAQs, sample reports and other webinars. Start 2014 out on the right foot, and join the Home Health Cardiovascular Data Registry today.
What personal or professional resolutions have you made for 2014? Please comment below.