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There are 1.4 million Americans living in the nation’s 15,600 nursing homes. Today, your loved one might be one of them; one day, maybe it will be you. We must be able to depend on nursing homes to provide reliable, compassionate, high-quality care.

That’s why the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created a strategy for guiding local, state and national efforts to improve nursing home quality of care.

As part of that strategy, atom Alliance is uniting nursing homes in a powerful collaborative to share tools, knowledge and experiences for improving resident safety and clinical processes and reducing preventable healthcare conditions. Download our fact sheet.

atom Alliance is focused on helping nursing homes

  • understand Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI),
  • reduce unnecessary antipsychotic drug use in dementia patients,
  • increase resident mobility and
  • improve their national nursing home rating.

To accomplish this, atom Alliance offers

  • customized onsite consultation,
  • quality improvement skills training,
  • evidence-based tools and resources,
  • ongoing educational opportunities and
  • an active nursing home collaborative.

Join our collaborative!

See how atom Alliance initiatives align with HAC.

Featured Resources

CMS Equity Plan
CMS Equity Plan

Preview: CMS Equity Plan
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National Nursing Home Change Package, March 2015
National Nursing Home Change Package, March 2015

Preview: National Nursing Home Change Package, March 2015
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News Releases

Reducing Healthcare-Acquired Conditions Blog

  • Spreading Success: Intervening on Antipsychotics to Improve Dementia Care

    Spreading Success: Intervening on Antipsychotics to Improve Dementia Care

    Spreading Success: Intervening on Antipsychotics to Improve Dementia Care Antipsychotic drugs are increasingly overprescribed for dementia patients in nursing homes. According to a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Inspector General, 14 percent of older Americans living in nursing homes take at least one antipsychotic prescription. Moreover, 83 percent of Medicare… Read More »
  • 8 Ways to Know if You Should Participate in the Quality Payment Program

    8 Ways to Know if You Should Participate in the Quality Payment Program

    You may have heard that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reviewing claims and letting practices know which clinicians should take part in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MIPS is an important part of the new Quality Payment Program. The Quality Payment Program works to make Medicare better by keeping patients… Read More »
  • Lost in Translation: Communication Is Key to Care for Residents

    Lost in Translation: Communication Is Key to Care for Residents

    Nursing home staff strive to craft care plans that meet residents’ individual needs and preferences, but it’s important to listen very carefully to residents and their family members input. During the kick-off Learning and Action Network (LAN), atom Advisor Martha Blankenship shared a moving story about her British-born Aunt Gladys’ need for daily “tea and… Read More »

Blog Archive

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QAPI

The QAPI process is key to helping your nursing home establish, maintain and sustain high-quality care for residents. Put it to work today.

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Antipsychotics

Learn how to decrease the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications and improve the quality of life for residents.

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Mobility

Improving resident mobility is not only about safety, it’s also about dignity and independence. Discover what you can do.

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Collaborative

Make sure that every resident gets the highest quality of care. Join our collaborative to learn from and work with others dedicated to this goal.

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