Start Here: It's Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, a perfect time to launch our new goal. Please take a moment to read this short message from the Alzheimer's Association Early Stage Advisory Group. It's a perfect introduction to our new goal. Quality Care From the Perspectives of People Living with Dementia

Our new quality goal to improve care for individuals living with dementia focuses on knowing the person, building on strengths, filling days with positive moments, and proactively addressing unmet needs. Our new goal includes appropriate use and reduction of psychotropic medication as part of whole-person care.
Resource Sampler
Get a taste here and then head over to the Campaign website to browse more!

From the Appropriate Use of Antipsychotics in Long-Term Care Toolkit. (4:38 min)

 Four scenarios (5 minutes each) demonstrate the method. Ideal for in-service. 

Case studies cover intrusive wandering, insomnia, repetitive vocalizations, and more.

Antipsychotic Deprescribing Guideline with flowchart and whiteboard video

Nov. 27, 1-2 pm ET
Advanced PD and Palliative Care in the 21st Century Webinar
Free AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use
Deadline to enroll in the program is
Nov. 30, 2018
Dec. 4, 3-4:30 pm ET
Advocating for Residents with Mental Health Needs
Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you for all of the work that you do!
Where did it go?
Antipsychotic Medication Reduction is part of our new goal !
Coming soon, the Tracking Tool has been expanded to encompass all psychotropic medications with form-based data entry, GDR reminders, tracking to support positive approach to meeting unmet needs, and plenty of charts and graphs to inform your quality improvement efforts.
CMS, the CDC, and the Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organizations encourage nursing homes to continue to track and report C. difficile data to NHSN. These data inform national work on patient safety and are valuable for individual nursing home quality improvement projects, including C. difficile prevention and antibiotic stewardship.

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This material was prepared by Telligen, National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign contractor, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 11SOW-CO-NNHQIC-03/18-001