Changing Antipsychotic Thinking (CAT) Tip #4
To reduce resident and care partner distress, take the time to examine and modify the bathing routine to best accommodate the wishes of each person. Learn how to effectively communicate, build a relationship, and meet the needs of persons with dementia during the bathing process. Visit http://primaris.org/tool/cat-bath. The Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence (MOLANE) is the state coalition for Advancing Excellence.
QIPMO Publishes Newsletter
View QIPMO’s newsletter MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls – Volume 1, Issue 1 here: QIPMO Newsletter. Topics include ICD-10-CM, MDS Section M 1200 Coding Tips, and features Dave Walker’s Questions from the Field.
Missouri Department of Insurance offers free assistance to consumers during Medicare open enrollment
Jefferson City, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Insurance is encouraging consumers who are eligible for Medicare to review their plan options and costs during this year’s open enrollment. To help consumers choose a plan that best meets their needs, the department offers assistance through the CLAIM program. Funded by the department and Medicare, CLAIM provides free, unbiased help to Missourians on Medicare and their caregivers. During the annual open enrollment period, which runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, consumers can change their Part D drug coverage or Medicare Advantage plans. Please read the news release here: difp.mo.gov/news/2013.
Nursing Home Quality Initiatives – Questions and Answers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes national campaign coordination group developed a set of common questions and answers for nursing homes, in order to clarify how some of the many initiatives relate to and are aligned with each other. The purpose is to help nursing homes better understand how to participate in and benefit from various initiatives.
- Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)
- National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC)
- National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
- Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Home’s Campaign
- Alignment of Quality Initiatives
- Must nursing homes use CMS QAPI tools and resources to be considered in compliance with the QAPI regulation?
- What is the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC)?
- What is a LAN?
- How does the mission of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes align with non-pharmacological, person-centered care approaches?
- What does a nursing home have to do to become part of Advancing Excellence?
- How does QAPI overlap or align with topic specific initiatives such the NNHQCC, the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, and Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes?
- If we participate in the NNHQCC or Advancing Excellence or the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, are we implementing QAPI?
Find the answers to these questions and more – click on the link below
This document is also available for download by visiting http://www.nhqualitycampaign.org/.
Show-Me Quality – QAPI in Action
Stay up-to-date on the latest collaborative Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) news and events. Visit Primaris at http://primaris.org/services/quality-improvement-organization/show-me-quality-qapi-in-action.
To report suspected abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation of an elderly person or an adult with a disability call the toll-free Elder Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-392-0210. Please click on the links below for more information:
Legal Assistance for Missouri’s Seniors
The Missouri Seniors’ Legal Helpline provides a website with information on benefits, consumer issues, employment, tax assistance and more. You may also call 800-235-5503 to speak with a representative from your local Area Agency on Aging. For more information, please visit the Missouri Seniors’ Legal Helpline website at www.moaging.com/LegalHelp/WebPages/Home.aspx.
Mouth Care Without a Battle©
Mouth Care Without a Battle© is an evidence-based approach to person-centered daily mouth care for persons with cognitive and physical impairment. Research has linked poor oral hygiene to bad outcomes such as pneumonia, chronic pain, poor oral intake and reduced quality of life. Mouth Care Without a Battle© combines best practices in oral hygiene with proven techniques to overcome resistance to care among persons with dementia and other related conditions. To learn more, please visit www.mouthcarewithoutabattle.org/.
Nursing Home Leadership Assistance
In cooperation with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri offers a Nursing Home Leadership Coaching Service to assist nursing home administrators and key operational leaders to meet the leadership challenges of the long-term care (LTC) industry. The services offered focus on helping nursing home administrators (NHA) deal effectively with the complex management issues they face each day in their business and personnel operations.
Designed as a voluntary service, the Nursing Home Leadership Coach assists with such issues as Operational Improvement, Corporate Compliance, Budget Analysis, Regulations, Process Improvement Leadership Skills, Staff Retention, Contract Review, Survey Readiness, Staff Training, Quality of Life, and Culture Change. The Coaching Service works collaboratively with our existing QIPMO program. Dave Walker, LNHA, functions as the NHA Coach. Nursing home administrators interested in consulting with Mr. Walker should contact Jessica Mueller, Project Coordinator at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing at (573) 882-0241 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Please visit: http://nursinghomehelp.org/coaching.html.
Caring for a Nursing Home Resident with Parkinson’s Disease
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) has released the educational video, The Parkinson Journey: From Diagnosis to Treatment to Cure.
Bonus feature – Caring for a Nursing Home Resident with Parkinson’s Disease
This 35-minute feature provides information to help understand the disease and provides communication and movement techniques when caring for a person who has Parkinson’s disease. This video is available for viewing on the Department of Health and Senior Services website at http://health.mo.gov/seniors/ombudsman/index.php. To advance to the bonus feature, select Parkinson’s Journey Part 3, or view here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4T0CTCWnvU&list=PLh5mk8BxSPgjkhqcKxCv5gWjH6zV8I5Qt.
For more information, please visit the Greater St. Louis APDA at www.stlapda.org.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month