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The National Nursing Home Quality Care Coalition (NNHQCC), created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), unites nursing homes across the nation under one goal—to work together to ensure residents receive the highest possible quality of care.

Nursing homes in every state of atom Alliance have been working with each other to

  • improve quality and performance improvement practices,
  • eliminate preventable healthcare-acquired conditions (HACs) and
  • dramatically improve resident satisfaction.

They are participating in hands-on learning and action sessions and quality improvement training, using proven interventions and promoting resident-centered care. And you’re invited to join.

From Collaborative Members

"The collaborative has really helped in providing us with very specific tools that we can use."

Beth Stephens, Administrator, NHC Sparta

2014-08-27T13:21:45+00:00

Beth Stephens, Administrator, NHC Sparta

"The collaborative has really helped in providing us with very specific tools that we can use."

From Collaborative Members

"The collaborative has allowed us to learn and grow as well as to share with each other how we can apply QAPI in our facilities."

Susie Hutchings, DON, Erwin Healthcare Center

2014-08-27T13:22:40+00:00

Susie Hutchings, DON, Erwin Healthcare Center

"The collaborative has allowed us to learn and grow as well as to share with each other how we can apply QAPI in our facilities."
Why Join
Be a part of a national and local collaborative packed with personalized tools and resources and continual opportunities to learn. You’ll see an improvement in the quality of your facility and satisfaction of your residents.
Hot Topics
Nursing homes will work on creating QAPI plans, reducing antipsychotic drug use, increasing resident mobility, increasing national star ratings, improving National Nursing Home Composite Quality Measure scores and reducing hospital readmissions.

Featured Resources

CMS Equity Plan
CMS Equity Plan

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National Nursing Home Change Package, March 2015
National Nursing Home Change Package, March 2015

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Collaborative 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 »

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Five-Star Quality Rating System Technical Users’ Guide, July 2012
Provides a comprehensive description of the design for the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Rating System
CDC Toolkit for Long-Term Care Employers: Seasonal Flu
Provides resources to help long-term care facility, agency or corporation owners and administrators provide access to influenza vaccination for their workforce and to help any employer of workers in long-term care understand the importance of influenza vaccination for their employees
Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2014 User Comparative Database Report
The second edition of the AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture User Comparative Database Report presents data from 18,968 staff within 263 U.S. nursing homes.
National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease: 2014 Update
Activities outlined in the plan vary in scope and impact to include: (1) immediate actions that the Federal Government will take; (2) actions toward the goals that can be initiated by the Federal Government or its public and private partners in the near term; and (3) longer-range activities that will require numerous actions to achieve.
The National Consumer Voice
INTERACT 3.0
Minnesota Department of Health: Root Cause Analysis Toolkit
CDC: Infection Prevention in Long-Term Care
TeamSTEPPS for Long Term Care
IHI Model for Quality Improvement
Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes
The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living
Timeline: Scope of Past Collaborative Work
Person-Centered Care Webinars and Resources from the Missouri LANE
Person-Centered Care Webinars and Resources from the Missouri LANE

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Change Package Strategy 1: Lead with a Sense of Purpose
Change Package Strategy 1: Lead with a Sense of Purpose

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Change Package Strategy 2: Recruiting and Retaining Quality Staff
Change Package Strategy 2: Recruiting and Retaining Quality Staff

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Change Package Strategy 3: Connect with Residents
Change Package Strategy 3: Connect with Residents

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Change Package Strategy 4: Nourish Teamwork and Communication
Change Package Strategy 4: Nourish Teamwork and Communication

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Change Package Strategy 5: Be a Continuous Learning Organization
Change Package Strategy 5: Be a Continuous Learning Organization

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Change Package Strategy 6: Provide Exceptional Compassionate Care That Treats the Whole Person
Change Package Strategy 6: Provide Exceptional Compassionate Care That Treats the Whole Person
Change Package Strategy 7: Construct Solid Business Practices
Change Package Strategy 7: Construct Solid Business Practices

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HAC Recruitment Packet - Composite Measure FAQs
HAC Recruitment Packet - Composite Measure FAQs

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National Quality Strategy Toolkit
National Quality Strategy Toolkit

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National Quality Strategy Lever Fact Sheet
National Quality Strategy Lever Fact Sheet

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National Quality Strategy Fact Sheet
National Quality Strategy Fact Sheet

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Recruitment Kit - AL
Recruitment Kit - AL

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Nursing Home Eliminates Restraint-Free Alarms - AL Success Story
Nursing Home Eliminates Restraint-Free Alarms - AL Success Story

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Facility Exceeds National AP Reduction Goal - AL Success Story
Facility Exceeds National AP Reduction Goal - AL Success Story

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Allen Memorial Success Story
Allen Memorial Success Story

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Reducing Restraints One Resident at a Time
Reducing Restraints One Resident at a Time

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Tennessee Nursing Homes Collaborate to Make Quality Improvements
Tennessee Nursing Homes Collaborate to Make Quality Improvements

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Universities & Geriatric Education Centers in the South
Universities & Geriatric Education Centers in the South

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CMS Nursing Homes Best Practices—July 2014
CMS Nursing Homes Best Practices—July 2014

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Abt Star Rating Report
Abt Star Rating Report

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Thomas Hamilton Survey Letter
Thomas Hamilton Survey Letter

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Understanding the New MDS 3.0 Quality Measures
Understanding the New MDS 3.0 Quality Measures

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5 Steps to Manage Your Employee Mix
5 Steps to Manage Your Employee Mix

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Staff Stability Toolkit
Staff Stability Toolkit

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Activity: The Importance of Dedicated Caregivers
Activity: The Importance of Dedicated Caregivers

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Operationalizing Consistent Assignment
Operationalizing Consistent Assignment

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Using the MDS 3.0 as an Engine for High Quality Individualized Care
Using the MDS 3.0 as an Engine for High Quality Individualized Care

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How to Use the CMS Hand in Hand Tool for Dementia Care
How to Use the CMS Hand in Hand Tool for Dementia Care

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Do You Know Your Number?
Lake Superior QIN-QIO explains the composite score measure
What Is Palliative Care?
atom Alliance Pinterest Board: Nursing Home Care
QIO Program Progress Infographic 2011-2014
QIO Program Progress Infographic 2011-2014

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Antipsychotic Success Graphic
Antipsychotic Success Graphic

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CMS Equity Plan
CMS Equity Plan

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RCA Five Whys
RCA Five Whys

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Fishbone Diagram
Fishbone Diagram

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Logic Models
The QIO Program helps you embrace data in your healthcare setting
Failure Modes & Effects Analysis (FMEA)
The QIO Program shares 5 steps in the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) to anticipate potential problems before they occur
Root Cause Analysis (RCA)
The QIO Program demonstrates how to identify the root cause of a problem using The 5 Whys
An Illustrated Look at QI in Healthcare
QIO Documentary
Learn about the history of the QIO Program, from 1966 through today.
IHI Whiteboard: Model for Improvement, Clip 1
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IHI Whiteboard: PDSA Cycles, Part 1
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IHI Whiteboard: Cause & Effect Diagrams
INTERACT 3.0
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Creating a Strong Team
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Interactive PDSA Worksheet
Interactive PDSA Worksheet

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Using PDSA for Quality Improvement
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Developing an Aim Statement
Developing an Aim Statement

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Developing Vision and Mission Statements
Developing Vision and Mission Statements

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Interactive Team Worksheet
Interactive Team Worksheet

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PDSA Examples
PDSA Examples

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Embracing QAPI

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

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Reducing Antipsychotics

Decrease the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications and improve the quality of life for residents.
 

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Improving 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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