February 2017
brought to you by the Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign


National Broadcast Webinar | February 14 | 2-3pm ET
Million Hearts® 2022: Making More Progress Faster Together
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, hearts are almost everywhere you look. As healthcare professionals, let this imagery serve as a reminder of the importance of heart health and celebrate by learning about the future of the national Million Hearts® initiative.   
Join the Home Health Quality Improvement

Dr. Janet Wright,

 Executive Director

Million Hearts®

(HHQI) team and participating home health agencies from across the country as we welcome Million Hearts® Executive Director Janet Wright, MD, FACC to present a free 60-minute webinar appropriate for leadership, clinicians and anyone interested in preventing heart attacks and strokes.
Dr. Wright will discuss impacts made by the national initiative since 2012, plans for Million Hearts® 2022 and how home health providers can support the initiative and make a significant impact on patients' lives. Register now

  A Special Valentine's Day Treat:
The corresponding course in HHQI University has been approved by the Alabama State Nurses Association (ASNA) for 1.25 contact hours. ASNA is an accredited approver of nursing continuing education through the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (ANCC). To receive CE credit, participants must watch the 60-minute webinar and complete an additional 15 minutes of related coursework in HHQI University.
February 2017 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes Aquinas Home Health of Shawnee, Kansas for their dedication to improving home health care quality.

Aquinas Home Health logo

Home health agencies that are active in the HHQI National Campaign and closest to the  national, risk-adjusted ACH 20th percentile and/or the national, risk-adjusted Oral Medication Improvement 80th percentile (or better) are eligible for random selection as HHQI Agency of the Month. 

Be in the spotlight.  Nominate your agency today , and if you are selected, your organization will be prominently featured here in HHQI Inside Edition -- which reaches more than 15,000 subscribers -- and on the HHQI website. Your achievement will also be shared via HHQI's social media channels.


Delivering the Industry's Best Free Resources... Faster!

The HHQI National Campaign website is loaded with hundreds of free, high quality resources for home health agency leadership, nurses, therapists, social workers, aides and patients. However, some participants have expressed that finding resources can sometimes be a challenge because they are spread across many pages of the website. In response, HHQI has launched a new consolidated online resource library.

The new online resource library is a one-stop shop for all HHQI resources and is easily accessible via the main navigation menu across the top of all pages of the website. Filters for Best Practice Intervention Package (BPIP), topic, material type, audience and language will make it easy to quickly sort through hundreds of HHQI's resources and find exactly what you need. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you're already familiar with where certain resources can currently be found on the website, don't worry. You can continue accessing those resources on those pages. The new Resources page supplements existing resource pages; it does not replace them.
Celebrate American Heart Month &
Get on the Road to Cardiovascular Health Improvement

If improving your patients' cardiovascular health is a priority at your agency, HHQI can provide the resources and assistance you need to make your efforts successful. Our Cardio Milestones program provides a roadmap to achieving measurable improvement in the cardiovascular health of your patient population.

You can celebrate American Heart Month and achieve Cardio Milestone 1 right now when you join HHQI's Progressive Cardiovascular Learning & Action Network (CardioLAN). Participation in the CardioLAN provides increased support from HHQI and networking opportunities through specialized quarterly webinars. More than 2,300 home health agencies have already joined.

In addition to our Cardio Milestones program, HHQI also offers a variety of free cardiovascular health resources to support your quality improvement efforts during American Heart Month:






Save the Dates
'Third Thursdays' Event Schedule
Home health professionals are busy. Now, there's an understatement. In order to make the most of your limited time, HHQI's three primary online Networking events -- LiveChat, Cardiovascular Learning & Action Network (CardioLAN) webinars, and Underserved Populations (UP) webinars -- will  each be held quarterly. 

Events will rotate to always begin at  2pm (ET) on the third Thursday of the month.


Click on the Networking Event type above for available registration or reminder links. You can also browse our online event calendar  or subscribe to our Educational & Networking Opportunities mailing list  to receive details (topics, objectives, speaker info, & registration links) as soon as they are available. 

February 2017 QIO News:

The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program will be holding the next installment of its free "Sharing Knowledge, Improving Healthcare" learning series for healthcare providers on Tuesday, February 7 from 3:00-4:00 PM ET.
The virtual training session, titled "Community Health Initiatives for Health Equity," will feature the following guest presenters:
  • Ronald Wyatt, MD, MHA, Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute
  • Doug Campos-Outcalt, MD, MPA, Community Preventive Services Task Force
This event is open to beneficiaries, families, healthcare providers, practitioners, partners, and Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs).
Registration is required. To register, click here.


Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

February 7, 2017
3:00-4:00pm ET
The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program
February 23, 2017
1:30-3pm ET
The IMPACT Act in 2017 MLN Connects®Call Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
(CEs expire 9/2/17)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
thru July 23, 2017
Pharmacotherapy for Adults with Alcohol-Use Disorders in Outpatient Settings: A Monograph* Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
On-demand Pink Book Webinar Series*
Overview of the principles of vaccination, general recommendations, immunization strategies for providers, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
On-demand Open School*
More than 30 online courses in quality, safety, leadership, the Triple Aim, and patient-centered care
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Open Door Forums audio podcasts
If you missed the original live event, you can listen to the recording here
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
On-demand National Diabetes Education Program Webinar Series
*Continuing education credit is included or available.  
CMS releases Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation (CoPs)

The final rule surrounding home health Conditions of Participation (CoP) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register  will go into effect on July 13th, 2017.  The regulation reflects the most current home health agency practices by focusing on the care provided to patients and the impact of that care on patient outcomes. CMS has issued regulations that provide a greater focus on communications and care coordination, person-centered care and quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI).  

Home health agencies (HHAs) must meet the Medicare HH CoPs in order to participate in the Medicare program. Agencies that fail to meet any of the HH CoPs are at risk for sanctions and potentially at risk for program termination.  A full copy of the announcement and revisions is available on the CMS Website.

Current & Upcoming Health-Related Observances

Each month, the healthcare industry puts the spotlight on a variety of health & wellness issues that impact home health patients and professionals. Follow the links below for more information and resources to get involved and help spread awareness. You can also follow HHQI on Facebook , Twitter  and LinkedIn for ongoing related content. Post your favorite photos and free resources & events on our Facebook page, and we'll share them with our followers too!

American Heart Month

Age-Related Macular Degeneration 
& Low Vision Awareness Month
National Wear Red Day:  Feb 3

National Cardiac Rehab Week:  Feb 12-18
MARCH 2017

National Nutrition Month

National Kidney Month

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Social Work Month

World Salt Awareness Week: 
Feb 26-March 4
Dress in Blue Day: March 3

World Kidney Day : March 9

Patient Safety Awareness Week:
March 12-18

Health Care HR Week: March 12-18

American Diabetes Alert Day: March 28

Key Dates: Home Health Compare & Star Reports

The latest Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings Preview Reports are now available in the CASPER folders. These reports contain data that will be publicly reported on the Home Health Compare website in January 2017. 

APR 2017
JUL 2017
Preview reports available in CASPER by 1/5/17 4/6/17
Quality of Patient Care Star Rating suppression request deadline 1/20/17 4/21/17
Deadline for submitting missing or corrected data 2/10/17 5/12/17
Home Health Compare updated
April 2017 July 2017

This material was prepared by Quality Insights, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality 

Improvement Organization supporting the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign, 

under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. 

Department of Health and Human Services. The views presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 

Publication number 11SOW-WV-HH-MMD-020317