by Misty Kevech, HHQI RN Project Coordinator
Since this is the first blog for 2017, the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign (HHQI) would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We hope that this is a successful year related to your quality improvement efforts. To assist with those efforts, HHQI has some exciting news. Our new comprehensive online resource library will help you find evidence-based tools and resources quicker and ensure that you haven’t overlooked valuable resources.
It’s the perfect time to make our resources easier to search because of many new, upcoming, and continuing Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) quality improvement initiatives.
- OASIS-C2 became effective 01/01/2017
- Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoP) final rule will take effect 07/13/2017
- Main focus of the CoP changes revolves around developing a Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) program with specific Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs) that create and sustain improvement.
- Home Health Compare Star Reporting
- Quality of patient care
- Patient experience of care
- Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model
- 9 states (AZ, FL, IA, MA, MD, NC, NE, TE, & WA)
- IMPACT Act for Post-Acute Care Providers
- Providers include Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Home Health Agencies (HHAs), and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs)
All of these home health initiatives support the CMS Quality Strategy for:
- Better Care: Improve the overall quality of care by making health care more person-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe.
- Smarter Spending: Reduce the cost of quality health care for individuals, families, employers, government, and communities.
- Healthier People, Healthier Communities: Improve the health of Americans by supporting proven interventions to address behavioral, social, and environmental determinants of health, and deliver higher-quality care.
So where do you start?
HHQI should be your first place to look. We search for evidenced-base practices and then compile supportive resources for implementation of the practice. All HHQI materials are free and are in the public domain (no copyright issues). HHQI encourages you to customize the resources to best meet your organization’s needs, including adding your agency’s logo to them.
This month is HHQI’s 10-year anniversary, and we have amassed nearly 1,000 resources on our website. The great majority of these resources live on HHQI’s Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP) pages but there are also non-BPIP resources located elsewhere on www.HomeHealthQuality.org and on our Data Access and HHQI University websites. It has become very cumbersome to search and narrow down a list of relevant resources that might assist you with one of your quality improvement projects. So for the last year, HHQI has been very busy developing a new comprehensive resource library to serve as the “one-stop shop” for the industry’s best free resources, and we are so excited to tell you… it’s live! Check it out now at www.HomeHealthQuality.org/Resource-Library.
The new resource library uses filters to help you narrow your search and find relevant resources faster without visiting multiple webpages or websites. You can pick one or any combination of filters to assist you in the search. You can filter resources by:
- Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP)
- Diabetes, hospitalizations, self-management, quality improvement, etc.
- Material Type
- BPIPs, informative resources, interactive tools, webinars, courses, etc.
- Aide, Leadership, Nurse, Patient, Social Worker, and Therapist
- English, Spanish, Chinese, Polish, Russian, and Vietnamese
So here’s an example of how to use the filters. Your agency is going to work on improving your diabetes disease management program. You are interested in finding diabetes evidence-based practices.
- Select the BPIP filter for the Disease Management: Diabetes BPIP. All the current guidelines will be included in the BPIP as well as links to many tools and resources related to diabetes to assist with education and implementation.
Next, maybe you want to further limit your search to clinician education resources.
- Use the Audience filter to specify clinician type, such as
- Then browse through the results OR refine your search further with the Material Type and/or Language
The best way to try out the new comprehensive resource library is to play around. Think of something you might want to look for and select some filters. A tutorial will be posted soon on the new Resources page. Remember to always feel free to email us at HHQI@qualityinsights.org with any questions or if you need assistance.