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Center for Patient Safety’s Long-Term Care Safety Improvement Program

The Center for Patient Safety has a new program to gather data to help Missouri providers address two major concerns:  falls with injury and adverse events with high-risk medications.  Participants in the program will spend a few minutes per event on a web-based data-gathering platform.  CPS will process the information and, together with Primaris, develop solutions for issues identified in the reports.  In addition to their contribution to safety, participants will benefit in several ways:

  • Access to a data platform that can function as an internal electronic incident reporting system,
  • Federal confidentiality protection for the participant’s work on the reported areas, and
  • Access to an excel-based tool to record root cause investigations and CPS resources for effective investigation.

For more information, please see the flyer here or contact Kathy Wire at

Readmissions/Medication Safety/Behavioral Health Webinar

October 21, 2015:  Transitional Care in a Small Rural Community: The Effects on Reductions of Readmissions
Speaker:  Debbie Burchfield, RN, Director of Nursing and Chief Operations Officer with Grayson County Home Health

Join this webinar to explore the differences between a transitional care nursing program and usual care post-discharge, as well as the effect all-cause re-admissions has on geriatric patients with LACE risk scores of 9 or greater.

Please visit the event page here to register for this webinar.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Collaborative Learning Session II

October 1, 2015:  Collaborative Learning Session II:  Activities for Daily Living, Incontinence and Antipsychotic Medications

Join this webinar to learn more about key interventions, strategies for improving activities of daily living, incontinence and antipsychotic medication quality measures through experiences shared by nursing home peers.

Please visit the event page here to register for this webinar.

Conversations with Carmen

October 1, 2015:  Creating Rampant Normalcy
Guest Speaker:  Glenn, Blacklick, NHA, Action Pact Consultant

The September webinar received such positive reviews that Action Pact is going to offer it again on Thursday, October 1.  If you missed it the first time, here is your 2nd chance.  This is a hot topic!

Nationally known for successfully bringing normal life pursuits to nursing home residents, Glenn will share how to accomplish this, from his dual perspective as a recreation therapist and innovative administrator.  Hear how residents have ventured out of the community to climb trees, navigate rivers, go boating, fishing, motorcycling; and also ventured inside the community, engaging their talents and pursuing wellness.  Glenn encourages others to look at their home and community through residents’ eyes – where a good life every day is within their reach.

Please visit the Conversations with Carmen event page here for more details including registration.

SLCR Region 1 Manager Announcement

It is with great pleasure that SLCR announces the appointment of Ruth Tuttle as the SLCR manager for Region 1 located in Springfield.  Ruth’s promotion was effective September 16, 2015.  Ruth has been with the section for several years and has held positions as a Facility Inspector, Facility Surveyor II and most recently as a Facility Surveyor III.  In her most recent role as an FSIII, Ms. Tuttle supervised the Complaint Team and the Assisted Living and Residential Care Inspection Team.  Ms. Tuttle welcomes your telephone calls at (417)895-6435.

October is National Residents’ Rights Month: “CARE Matters”

The theme for Residents’ Rights Month 2015 is, “CARE Matters” with the goal of highlighting quality care.  Each year, the Consumer Voice develops a packet to help you plan your Residents’ Rights events.  The packet is completely downloadable and features ready-to-use items, including promotional materials, activities to celebrate Residents’ Rights Month, training tools and resources.

Please visit the Consumer Voice website here for packet details and more information.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Reducing Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medications – Communication
Understanding dementia residents who are unable to communicate on the same level as others can aid in the reduction of inappropriate antipsychotics. However, meeting their needs can become very challenging if their behaviors are not understood.  Click on the links below to learn more.


CDI Prevention
It is important to understand Clostridium difficile infections and guidelines for preventing infections.  Click on the links below to learn more.