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


FeaturedResourcesFeatured Resources for April 2017

Each month, the healthcare industry celebrates several observances to bring increased attention to a variety of health issues at least once per year. HHQI has a wealth of free resources that you can use to help promote these observances among your staff and patients. Below is a list of HHQI's featured resources that support four major health & healthcare-related observances celebrated in April.

The Home Health Quality Improvement (HHQI) National Campaign's Underserved Populations (UP) Network was created out of the need to address disparities and improve care among vulnerable populations, including minorities. The UP Network presents quarterly webinars on a wide variety of topics. Browse the archives or subscribe to our mailing lists to be among the first to know about future events.

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Occupational therapy practitioners are effective and important components of any home health agency's patient care and administrative teams. They can have many roles in improving efficiency, implementing new administrative requirements, and optimizing outcomes for patients.

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For people with diabetes, nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections can lead to serious foot problems. During Foot Health Awareness Month, you are encouraged to remind yourself and your patients of the things that can be done to keep their feet in good shape, improve circulation, and catch a problem before it becomes severe.

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Many patients are unaware of the negative impacts that excessive alcohol can have on their health. For instance, drinking too much can raise the levels of some fats in the blood. It can also lead to high blood pressure and heart failure and an increased calorie intake which can lead to obesity or diabetes. Also, alcohol can reduce the effectiveness or cause adverse interactions with cerain medications. During Alcohol Awareness Month, make a special effort to educate patients about these risks.

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These are just a handful of HHQI's available resources related to this month's health observances. For more, visit our new  complete resource library  and use the filters to quickly sort through hundreds of free, high quality resources. Our BPIP-specific webpages also provide pre-filtered lists of related resources.


AOTMApril 2017 HHQI Agency of the Month

This month, HHQI recognizes Unity Point at Home of Waterloo, Iowa for their dedication to improving home health care quality.

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 14,000 subscribers -- and on the HHQI website. Your achievement will also be shared via HHQI's social media channels.



ThirdThursSave 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.

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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 mailing lists  to receive details (topics, objectives, speaker info, & registration links) as soon as they are available. 
Quarterly Underserved Populations (UP) Network Webinar
Patient Safety: All in a Day's Work!

April 20, 2017 | 2-4pm ET -- The new Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) from the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have been finalized. During this webinar from the Home Health Quality Improvement National Campaign (HHQI), you will learn how to begin preparing a Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement (QAPI) plan related to patient safety that will be required by all CMS-certified home health agencies. This will be a 2-hour interactive event that will include work on a QAPI plan. Presenters are from the Center for Patient Safety. Learn more.


In honor of National Minority Health Month, QIO News looks at how QIN-QIOs are working to improve health outcomes among minority populations and other vulerable populations.

New data from the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center shows that lower extremity amputation rates continue to rise, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities. These six strategies from the EDC Foot Care Campaign:  Love Your Feet can help promote healthier feet and reduce amputations. 


CoPsCMS Proposes 6-Month Delay for Home Health CoPs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed delaying the implementation date for the new home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) until January 2018. The proposed rule is subject to a 60-day public comment period, following its publication in the Federal Register April 3. Read more.
PreClaimPre-Claim Paused in Illinois, Delayed in Florida

As of April 1, 2017, the Pre-Claim Review demonstration will be paused for at least 30 days in Illinois. The demonstration will not expand to Florida on April 1, 2017.  Read more.
HealthyNurseInspire Others with Your Positive Health Changes

Are you a nurse who is making changes in your life to become healthier? As part of its Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation campaign, the American Nurses Association (ANA) is creating a series of videos featuring nurses who have made a commitment to be more physically active, eat better, create a better quality of life for yourself, become safer at work, and/or get more sleep.  If you have a compelling story about positive health changes that you have made and would like to share it with the television production team, please contact Karen Ryan at kryan@karenryangroup.com.
IndustryEventsUpcoming Industry Webinars, Courses & Other Events

April 12, 2017
12-1pm CT
The Joint Commission
April 19, 2017
1-2:30pm ET
Immunization Information Systems: What They Are, What They Do, and Why They Matter*
American Pharmacists Association
April 27, 2017
2:30-3:30pm ET
Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call* Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
May 2, 2017
3-4:30pm ET
Everyone's Responsibility
Telligen, the Quality Innovation Network National Coordinating Center (QIN NCC)
(CEs expire 9/2/17)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
thru July 23, 2017
Pharmacotherapy for Adults with Alcohol-Use Disorders in Outpatient Settings: A Monograph* Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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
On-demand Open School*
More than 30 online courses in quality, safety, leadership, the Triple Aim, and patient-centered care
Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Open Door Forums audio podcasts
If you missed the original live event, you can listen to the recording here
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
On-demand CDC-NDEP
*Continuing education credit is included or available.  
ObservancesCurrent & 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!
APRIL 2017

MAY 2017

KeyDatesHHCKey Dates: Home Health Compare & Star Reports

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. 

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